Middlesbrough 2-0 Cardiff City : Boro keep play-off push alive with win over poor Bluebirds LIVE stream and score updates in EFL Championship
MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Middlesbrough's Marcus Tavernier celebrates after he scores his side's first goal to make it 1-0 during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Cardiff City at Riverside Stadium on April 27, 2022 in Middlesbrough, England. (Photo by Lee Parker - CameraSport via Getty Images )

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21:3824 days ago

FT: Middlesbrough 2-0 Cardiff

A poor game, but a professional enough showing to keep Middlesbrough's play-off push alive with their first win in six games.

Goals from Marcus Tavernier and Riley McGree see off The Bluebirds, who probably dream of the end of the season coming.

I've been Louis Wheeldon (LouisWheeldonNS on Twitter) and I thank you for being with us, goodnight! 

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21:3524 days ago

90' VAVEL MAN OF THE MATCH Middlesbrough 2-0 Cardiff

Jonny Howson takes away our man of the match award tonight.

His driving in the midfield and his passing have kept things ticking all night long. 

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21:3324 days ago

90' YELLOWS! Middlesbrough 2-0 Cardiff

Vaulks and Howson both in the book; Vaulks for a late lunge, and Howson for his reaction to it.
21:3124 days ago

89' Middlesbrough 2-0 Cardiff

Harris is picked out over the top and in behind, but out comes Daniels to take the ball off of his toe.

That's the closest Cardiff have come.

21:3024 days ago

88' YELLOW! Middlesbrough 2-0 Cardiff

A cheap yellow for Jones as he kicks the ball away. 
21:2724 days ago

84' CHANCE! Middlesbrough 2-0 Cardiff

Sol Bamba, so close! 

An excellent Howson ball to the back post is begging to be tapped home, and Bamba's stretched leg is the closest anyone gets to doing so.

It's been three years since his last goal, but he was centimetres away from getting one there!

21:2524 days ago

82' Middlesbrough 2-0 Cardiff

Not been a great game to watch as a neutral, this.

A distinct lack of spark and energy from both sides, despite the two goals, and that will not encourage Chris Wilder ahead of two vital final games of the season.

The result, however, certainly will. 

21:2124 days ago

80' SUB! Middlesbrough 2-0 Cardiff

Second swap for Cardiff as James Collins replaces Hugill.

Not his night.

21:2124 days ago

79' Middlesbrough 2-0 Cardiff

Jones gets a knee in the back and stays down.

That is certainly not someone Middlesbrough will want to lose now. 

21:1724 days ago

75' SUB! Middlesbrough 2-0 Cardiff

Brighton-loanee Aaron Connolly is on to replace Watmore.
21:1724 days ago

75' SHOT! Middlesbrough 2-0 Cardiff

Tavernier takes aim from distance, but it lands on the moon.
21:1324 days ago

71' CHANCE! Middlesbrough 2-0 Cardiff

Jones makes one of his trademark darts into the area, but Nelson comes across to cover well.
21:0524 days ago

61' SUBS! Middlesbrough 2-0 Cardiff

Andrez Sporar is on, Balogun goes off.

Mark Harris is also on to replace Max Watters for the visitors, too. 

21:0324 days ago

61' CHANCE! Middlesbrough 2-0 Cardiff

McGree should have a second!

Howson instigates an attack gorgeously, and a driving run off the ball from McGree is met by Bola's cross, but the Australian heads it wide from close range.

21:0124 days ago

59' CHANCE! Middlesbrough 2-0 Cardiff

Luke Daniels was nearly caught out big time, there!

Watters' cross from the right-hand side bounces off the top of the bar.

20:5924 days ago

57' CHANCE!Middlesbrough 2-0 Cardiff

Middlesbrough really strutting their stuff now! Watmore dances away in the middle before releasing Jones, who's effort just skips wide of the far post.
20:5624 days ago

53' GOOOOAAALLL! Middlesbrough 2-0 Cardiff (McGree)

Middlesbrough are doing just what they had to do, and it's the Australian with his second for the club that places 'Boro into the ascendancy.

Boro pile forward, and Howson slips in McGree on the right, and his shot across goal takes a huge deflection into the net!

20:5324 days ago

50' SHOT! Middlesbrough 1-0 Cardiff

Howson has a dig from range that is blocked by the Cardiff back-line.
20:4824 days ago

46' BACK UNDERWAY Middlesbrough 1-0 Cardiff

Cardiff get the ball rolling for this second half.
20:3624 days ago

STATS!

Marcus Tavernier's first half: 

- 84.6% pass accuracy

- 1 key pass

- 100% long ball accuracy

- 1 goal

The skipper doing his part!

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20:3324 days ago

HT: Middlesbrough 1-0 Cardiff

And the teams go in at the break. Tavernier's wonderful strike the difference.
20:3224 days ago

45' CHANCE!Middlesbrough 1-0 Cardiff

Jordan Hugill has to do better.

Colwill has been great in this half for Cardiff, and his ball across the edge for Hugill is flashed over by the 'Boro-born striker. Poor.

20:2724 days ago

41' SHOT!Middlesbrough 1-0 Cardiff

Watmore has a go from a tight angle, and stings the palms of Phillips.
20:1924 days ago

32' YELLOW!Middlesbrough 1-0 Cardiff

Ryan Wintle is next in the book for Cardiff after hauling down Watmore on the break.
20:1824 days ago

32' CHANCE!Middlesbrough 1-0 Cardiff

Watters has a chance from the left to restore parity, but see's his shot beaten away.
20:1724 days ago

30' CHANCE!Middlesbrough 1-0 Cardiff

Jones does really well to break free of his marker on the right, but doesn't pick out Balogun as he should.
20:1524 days ago

28' GOOOAAAALLLLLL!Middlesbrough 1-0 Cardiff

What a way to break a four-game duck! The ball is set back to Tavernier by Balogun after some lovely recycled play up the right, and the captain hits a skidding drive into the bottom corner from range.

Boro need to get it right tonight, and that is some way to go about it!

20:1324 days ago

27' YELLOW! Middlesbrough 0-0 Cardiff

Nelson is booked after hauling down Balogun off the ball as the forward looked to get onto a through ball from Bola.
20:0824 days ago

21'

Bola sends a cross in from the left which is easily caught by Phillips. Neither side showing much energy at the minute.
20:0024 days ago

14' CHANCE!

Really encouraging stuff now from Middlesbrough; Jones fizzes a ball across the box but it's just an inch or two away from Watmore and Balogun.
19:5824 days ago

12' CHANCE!

Middlesbrough wake up as Bola picks out Watmore with a beautiful ball, but Nelson does well to wriggle it away from the former Sunderland man.
19:5524 days ago

9'

Watters finding a bit of room to stretch his legs on the right, but his final ball is blocked away.
19:4624 days ago

Kick-off!

And the action is underway at The Riverside.
19:1624 days ago

30 minute claxon!

Get your things together, get your tweets sent out and settle down; we're almost ready to start.
18:5324 days ago

Middlesbrough team news part 3!

One more time? Please?
18:5124 days ago

Cardiff City team news

And now the team for Cardiff City this evening.
18:5024 days ago

Middlesbrough team news (again)

Not sure what happened there! Here is the Middlesbrough side. 
18:4724 days ago

Middlesbrough team news

18:4024 days ago

Five minutes until the teams!

Just five minutes until the team news is released for both sides.
16:2224 days ago

Last time the two met

The last time these two sides squared off, it cost Mick McCarthy his job as Middlesbrough, then under the tutelage of Neil Warnock, ran out as 2-0 winners in Cardiff to condemn The Bluebirds to an eight loss on the bounce.

Our friend John Lupo reported on the action; his take on the action can be found here.

16:1724 days ago

Predicted lineups

Middlesbrough: Daniels, Dijksteel, Bamba, McNair, Jones, Tavernier, Howson, Bola, McGree, Watmore, Balogun

Cardiff: Phillips, Ng, Nelson, Denham, Drameh, Vaulks, Wintle, Bagan, Doyle, Colwill, Hugill

16:1224 days ago

Who is the man in the middle?

Tonight's referee will be Matthew Donohue. He will be accompanied by Philip Dermott, Richard Wild and Leigh Doughty.
16:0724 days ago

Score prediction

Now I am far from a successful gambler, but with both teams misfiring and leaking goals at the back, I can see this one ending goalless.
16:0224 days ago

Key player: Cardiff

Since signing on-loan from Leeds United in the January window, Cody Drameh has been a revelation for Cardiff at right-back.

He'll need to be at his best again tonight if Cardiff want to get more consistency in their form.

15:5724 days ago

Key player: Middlesbrough

Prior to their last game, a 1-1 draw with Swansea, 'Boro had failed to hit the back of the net for four games.

In the draw with The Swans, it was young Australian Riley McGree who finally broke that duck in just his eight appearance on Teeside.

He'll be playing with confidence after that, and I would back him to do well again tonight.

 

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15:5224 days ago

Middlesbrough versus Cardiff history

These two sides have faced each other a total of 68 times through history.

Of those games, Middlesbrough have come out on top 22 times.

Cardiff City have managed to come away with a win 33 times.

The game has ended as a draw on 13 separate occasions.

15:4724 days ago

Cardiff City

The Bluebirds have nothing to play for tonight but pride and table consolidation. 

They boast just one win in their last five games, and have suffered three straight defeats after a 2-1 win over Reading and 4-0 derby loss to Swansea.

The threat of relegation is no more, however, with Peterborough being relegated by Nottingham Forest last Saturday, so Steve Morrison's team can play with the shackles off.

15:4224 days ago

Middlesbrough

There's no doubt about it, tonight is a must-win game for Chris Wilder's men if they want any slim hope of ending the season in the play-offs.

They've failed to win any of their last five games, and sit five points off of sixth.

Tonight, however, is their game in hand over those above them, so they are presented with an opportunity to close the gap to two points.

15:3724 days ago

Tonight's game will kick-off a 19:45 BST

Live coverage of the match will be available on Sky Sports Football and Main Event.
15:3224 days ago

Welcome to VAVEL.com’s coverage of the EFL Championship match: Middlesbrough vs Cardiff Live Updates!

Welcome to VAVEL! My name is Louis Wheeldon, and I will be your host for todays game. Join us right here on VAVEL for live updates, pre-game analysis and live news.
15:3224 days ago

Todays game will be held at the Riverside Stadium.

Opened in 1995, the stadium has been home to Middlesbrough FC since their move from Ayresome Park. It has a capacity of 34,742 fans. 

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