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Middlesbrough 3-0 Swansea: Defending optional in another Swans loss

Middlesbrough v Swansea City - Premier League

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17: Bob Bradley, Manager of Swansea City looks on during the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Swansea City at Riverside Stadium on December 17, 2016 in Middlesbrough, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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  • Negredo scores twice
  • Boro up to 14th
  • Swans sink 19th

Alvaro Negredo scored twice before Marten de Roon made it academic, and Middlesbrough pounded Swansea City 3-0 for a crucial three points at the Riverside Stadium.

Swans remain in the drop zone, while Boro moves to 18 points.

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Lukasz Fabianski was the first player to deal with danger, despite the fact that Swansea came out with better possession, passing, and tackling.

But Boro went ahead with its second chance of the day, a terrific strike from Negredo. Adam Clayton cut back and forward to shake his mark on the left wing, crossing behind Negredo. The big Spanish striker reached back to make a very difficult chance look gorgeous: 1-0 Boro.

Adam Forshaw then added to Swans misery, by cutting past Jordi Amat forcing the defender to chop him down in the box. Negredo could make it 2-0 with a penalty conversion, and wront-footed Fabianski to do just that.

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De Roon made it 3-0 in the 58th minute, darting onto the end of Gaston Ramirez’s left-footed cross.

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