Burton Albion 1-2 Middlesbrough- Match Report

Hasselbaink's Burton denied by Stuani doubleBurton boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's hopes of a famous victory over one of his former clubs ended in heartbreak as Middlesbrough grabbed a 2-1 extra-time victory at the Pirelli Stadium.Christian Stuani was the hero for Aitor Karanka's side after they had trailed at the break to a George Friend own goal.Stuani levelled the scores in the 70th minute and struck again in the second period of extra-time to take his side into the third round of the Capital One Cup.Burton made eight changes to the side that beat Peterborough at the weekend and gave a full debut to Luxembourg striker Aurelien Joachim.Former England defender Jonathan Woodgate skippered Boro on his first appearance since last season's Championship play-off semi-final against Brentford in a line-up that showed seven changes from the side that went down at home to Bristol City.Boro's Tomas Mejias was the busier of the two goalkeepers early on, smothering Shane Cansdell-Sherriff's near-post flick and then safely holding Joachim's deflected shot.The visitors began to enjoy the lion's share of the possession with their patient brand of passing football.They carved out their first opening in the 16th minute but Stuani could only head into the arms of Burton goalkeeper Remi Matthews.But just as the Teessiders seemed to be taking control, they found themselves trailing to a scrappy goal in the 24th minute.Matt Palmer's free-kick fell loose in the area and, as Woodgate slid in, the ball squirmed into the net off the knee of Friend.The full-back quickly tried to make amends but his teasing cross was headed wide of a gaping net by Adam Forshaw.And another chance to level the scores went begging four minutes before the break when Stuani screwed Kike's cross wide from 10 yards.Boro bolstered their strikeforce with Diego Fabbrini after the break but the Italian's first contribution was an unconvincing shot over the crossbar, followed by a Forshaw shot that flew wide.The visitors were now virtually camped in the Burton half, with the dangerous Forshaw having a stinging shot parried by Matthews and Friend missing the target with a firm header.The introduction of former England man Stuart Downing posed more problems for the home defence and Burton's resistance was finally broken in the 70th minute when Stuani escaped his marker to slide home a Tomas Kalas cross from six yards.Matthews managed to block a Stuani shot with his legs as Burton battled to take the tie to extra-time.But Stuani would not be denied and gave Boro the lead in the 110th minute when Downing prised open the Burton defence to set up the Uruguayan for a crisp finish inside the near post

Source : PA

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