Middlesbrough closed to within a point of Championship leaders Brighton after beating Leeds United to secure a fifth straight league win.

David Nugent fired Boro in front from close range after only 121 seconds for his third goal in four games.

Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci then produced a diving header to divert George Friend’s cross into his own net.

Diego Fabbrini slotted in Boro’s third after Leeds’ Mirco Antenucci saw an effort ruled out for offside.

Boro’s victory was their seventh in a row in all competitions but was only their second over Leeds in 12 meetings at the Riverside.

Leeds’ hold over Boro on Teesside was under threat in only the third minute when Nugent chested down Christian Stuani’s right-wing cross and fired past keeper Marco Silvestri from six yards.

Bellusci then spectacularly headed past his own keeper to double the hosts’ lead and give Boro a comfortable half-time advantage.

Alex Mowatt saw a free-kick tipped over the bar early in the second half by home keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos and Antenucci’s shot was ruled out as Leeds, who were without injured top scorer Chris Wood, sought a way back into the game.

But Boro sealed all three points when Fabbrini capitalised on a Sol Bamba slip to round Silvestri and fire home from a tight angle.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Middlesbrough

  • 01 Konstantopoulos
  • 26 Kalas
  • 04 Ayala Booked
  • 05 Amorebieta
  • 03 Friend
  • 08 Clayton
  • 07 Leadbitter (Forshaw – 87′ )
  • 18 Stuani Booked (Fabbrini – 56′ Booked )
  • 19 Downing
  • 27 Adomah (Nsue – 77′ )
  • 35 Nugent

Substitutes

  • 06 Gibson
  • 09 Kike
  • 10 De Pena
  • 13 Mejias
  • 24 Nsue
  • 31 Fabbrini
  • 34 Forshaw

Leeds United

  • 01 Silvestri
  • 28 Berardi
  • 05 Bellusci
  • 03 Bamba
  • 21 Taylor
  • 23 Cook
  • 24 Adeyemi
  • 10 Mowatt
  • 20 Botaka (Doukara – 64′ )
  • 07 Antenucci
  • 15 Dallas (Murphy – 79′ )

Substitutes

  • 02 Byram
  • 04 Wootton
  • 06 Cooper
  • 08 Murphy
  • 11 Doukara
  • 22 Turnbull
  • 27 Phillips
Ref: Neil Swarbrick
Att: 27,694


Match Stats

Possession

41




59

Shots

6




12

On target

2




6

Corners

8




4

Fouls

16




12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Middlesbrough 3, Leeds United 0.

90:00 +4:07 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 3, Leeds United 0.

90:00 +3:29

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Sol Bamba.

89:12

Foul by Charlie Taylor (Leeds United).

89:12

Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

88:53

Attempt blocked. Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Souleymane Doukara.

87:50

Foul by Lewis Cook (Leeds United).

87:50

Tomas Kalas (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Forshaw replaces Grant Leadbitter.

85:52

Foul by Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United).

85:52

Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:59

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by George Friend.

83:57

Attempt blocked. Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Souleymane Doukara.

80:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Middlesbrough 3, Leeds United 0. Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner.

79:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Luke Murphy replaces Stuart Dallas.

78:25

Attempt blocked. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

77:38 Booking

Booking Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

77:35

Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:35

Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

76:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Emilio Nsue Lopez replaces Albert Adomah.

75:55

Lewis Cook (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:55

Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

74:05

Lewis Cook (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:05

Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Middlesbrough).

72:37 Booking

Booking Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

72:33

Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:33

Foul by Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough).

69:47

Foul by Lewis Cook (Leeds United).

69:47

Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:05

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Albert Adomah.

67:55

Foul by Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United).

67:55

Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

64:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Souleymane Doukara replaces Jordan Botaka.

62:51

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Gaetano Berardi.

59:34

Foul by Lewis Cook (Leeds United).

59:34

David Nugent (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:17

Attempt saved. Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Botaka with a cross.

56:58

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Stewart Downing.

55:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Diego Fabbrini replaces Christian Stuani.

54:28

Offside, Leeds United. Lewis Cook tries a through ball, but Mirco Antenucci is caught offside.

54:26

Attempt blocked. Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

52:45

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

52:42

Attempt saved. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

52:05

Lewis Cook (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:05

Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

49:09

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Marco Silvestri.

48:21

Foul by Lewis Cook (Leeds United).

48:21

George Friend (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

48:03

Charlie Taylor (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:03

Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

47:35

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Charlie Taylor.

47:30

Attempt blocked. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Stuani with a cross.

46:10

Charlie Taylor (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:10

Foul by Christian Stuani (Middlesbrough).

45:00

Second Half begins Middlesbrough 2, Leeds United 0.

45:00 +4:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Middlesbrough 2, Leeds United 0.

45:00 +0:35

Attempt missed. Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross following a corner.

45:00 +0:29

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Lewis Cook.

45:00 +0:06

Attempt missed. Christian Stuani (Middlesbrough) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross following a corner.

44:55

Attempt blocked. Fernando Amorebieta (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

44:14

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Sol Bamba.

42:28

Foul by Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United).

42:28

David Nugent (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

41:02

Attempt missed. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Botaka.

39:49

Charlie Taylor (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

39:49

Foul by Christian Stuani (Middlesbrough).

38:02

Offside, Middlesbrough. Daniel Ayala tries a through ball, but Christian Stuani is caught offside.

37:23

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Sol Bamba.

35:42

Charlie Taylor (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:42

Foul by Tomas Kalas (Middlesbrough).

35:32

Attempt saved. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mirco Antenucci.

34:49

Attempt saved. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Mirco Antenucci.

33:54

Sol Bamba (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:54

Foul by David Nugent (Middlesbrough).

31:20 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Giuseppe Bellusci, Leeds United. Middlesbrough 2, Leeds United 0.

30:24 Booking

Booking Christian Stuani (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

30:14

Charlie Taylor (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:14

Foul by Christian Stuani (Middlesbrough).

28:55

Foul by Lewis Cook (Leeds United).

28:55

Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:38

Attempt saved. Tom Adeyemi (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis Cook.

25:07

Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:07

Foul by Tomas Kalas (Middlesbrough).

23:59

Foul by Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United).

23:59

David Nugent (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:54

Attempt blocked. Jordan Botaka (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Adeyemi.

22:12

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

19:41

Delay in match Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) because of an injury.

19:41

Delay in match Fernando Amorebieta (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

19:15

Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:15

Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Middlesbrough).

18:27

Attempt saved. Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gaetano Berardi.

15:16

Foul by Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United).

15:16

Fernando Amorebieta (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:18

Foul by Stuart Dallas (Leeds United).

13:18

Tomas Kalas (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:25

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Marco Silvestri.

8:44

Offside, Leeds United. Giuseppe Bellusci tries a through ball, but Alex Mowatt is caught offside.

7:18

Tom Adeyemi (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:18

Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

3:35

Foul by David Nugent (Middlesbrough).

3:35

Charlie Taylor (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Middlesbrough 1, Leeds United 0. David Nugent (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Stuani with a cross.

0:14

Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:14

Foul by Christian Stuani (Middlesbrough).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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