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Middlesbrough 1-0 Aston Villa, PL2 D2

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9 Aug 2019
Ben Liddle, Middlesbrough

Ben Liddle scored a stoppage-time penalty to earn Middlesbrough a dramatic 1-0 win over Aston Villa on Premier League 2 Division 2 opening night.

In a first half of few clear-cut chances, Middlesbrough goalkeeper Zach Hemming made an excellent save to deny Cameron Archer.

There was torrential rain at Heritage Park and in the dying moments the hosts won a spot-kick. 

Substitute Isaiah Jones was brought down and Liddle beat Viljami Sinisalo from 12 yards.

Middlesbrough go third in the table. Aston Villa, who reached the Division 2 playoff semi-finals last season, are ninth.

See: Boro report | Villa report

Next fixtures

Middlesbrough: 16 August v Stoke (H)
Aston Villa: 19 August v Swansea (A)


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