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Afonso Alves points to the heavens after Boro’s fourth goal by Villa Nova A.C.

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More To Come From Boro’s Six-Shooter

GARETH SOUTHGATE is already looking forward to Afonso Alves’s first full season in the Premier League after seeing him blast six goals in his last six games.

The Brazilian international sprang to life with a brilliant double against Manchester United and hasn’t looked back since.
After paying a club record fee for the 27-year-old, Southgate believes we’ll see him go from strength to strength in a Boro shirt.

“We said we won’t see the best of him until next year and he’ll be better for the experience of the last few months,” he said.
“He’s slowly adapting to the nature of this league – you don’t get free-kicks for the things you do in Holland and the standard is better here but his ratio of goals to games is very healthy now.

“The pre-season is going to be very important. It will be a chance to nail down how we expect him to work next season, as it will be with all the players.

Like all players, Alves needed time to adjust to the rough and tumble of the English game but he’s adapted his style and beginning to reproduce the form that made him Holland’s Player of the Year.

“He’s a goal scorer,” said Southgate. “Aspects of the rest of his game need to be worked on and improved but what we’ve seen in training is what we saw against City.

“Others will score goals, but he lives for scoring goals. He’s got a very cool nature and sometimes people look at that and take it the wrong way and think he doesn’t care, but he certainly does.

“He’ll score goals – I think we’ve seen that already in the matches he’s played. In addition, we’ll have Mido back and he’ll score goals. Between them, all four strikers each offer us something different.

Afonso Alves scored Boro fourth goal – Photo by North News

“Tuncay and Aliadiere will both be stronger for the season they’ve had. Tuncay scored eight goals and that’s a decent return considering he’s not an out-and-out goalscorer. He is a different type of player, but I think he will score more goals.

“Sometimes he looks to do the spectacular rather than a simple finish, but that’s what makes him so enjoyable to watch.”

Meanwhile, Southgate praised Stewart Downing’s goalscoring contribution after his brace against City took him to double figures for the season, with nine coming in the league.

“Ten goals is a good target for a wide player and he’s hit it,” he said.

“He’s matured a lot throughout the season. At times he hasn’t had enough belief in himself and he’s got the evidence of what he can do now.

“We’ve spoken about Ronaldo and watched clips of what he does. Because he’s been in the team for so long we forget sometimes he’s only 23 so there’s a lot of room for improvement still.

“But the quality of his second goal on Sunday was top drawer.”

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Afonso Alves marca três em goleada histórica by Villa Nova A.C.

Boro derrota o Manchester City, time do meia Elano, com um incrível placar: 8 a 1

Com três gols de Afonso Alves, o Middlesbrough massacrou o Manchester City por 8 a 1, neste domingo, no Riverside Stadium, em jogo válido pela última rodada do Campeonato Inglês . Também balançaram as redes para o Boro o brasileiro Fábio Rochemback, Downing (2), Johnson e Aliadiere. O ex-santista Elano fez o gol de honra do City quando o placar já marcava 7 a 0 para o time da casa.

No entanto, por incrível que pareça, o Manchester City, que terminou o torneio em 9º lugar, se garantiu na Copa da Uefa da próxima temporada pelo critério de fair play. Dentro de campo, o Everton foi o outro clube que se garantiu no segundo torneio de clubes mais importante da Europa. O time de Liverpool bateu o Newcastle por 3 a 1 e terminou a competição em 5º lugar (65 pontos).

No fim das contas, o campeão Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal e Liverpool ficaram com as vagas para a Liga dos Campeões da próxima temporada. Na parte inferior da tabela, Reading, Birminhgam e Derby County foram rebaixados e vão jogar a Segunda Divisão em 2008/2009.

Afonso terminou a competição com seis gols marcados.

Confira os resultados da 38ª rodada

Birmingham 4 x 1 Blackburn
Chelsea 1 x 1 Bolton
Derby County 0 x 4 Reading
Everton 3 x 1 Newcastle
Middlesbrough 8 x 1 Manchester City
Portsmouth 0 x 1 Fulham
Sunderland 0 x 1 Arsenal
Tottenham 0 x 2 Liverpool
West Ham 2 x 2 Aston Villa


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Middlesbrough ended their season on a high after scoring an amazing eight goals to beat visiting Manchester City 8-1 at the Riverside Stadium.

Stewart Downing fired home a 16th-minute penalty after Richard Dunne was sent off for bringing down Tuncay Sanli and eight minutes before the break Afonso Alves slotted home the second from 14 yards.

A superb volley with the outside of his left foot from Downing, another strike from Alves, a deflected long-range effort from Adam Johnson, Fabio Rochemback’s 30-yard free-kick and a goal from Jeremie Aliadiere were followed by a consolation for Elano before Alves completed his hat-trick.

The match began badly for City when striker Benjani Mwaruwari received lengthy treatment after being caught in the chest by Rochemback’s swinging right leg and was eventually replaced by Nery Castillo in the 13th minute.

Boro’s first chance fell to George Boateng from Rochemback’s free-kick but a diving Dunne blocked the shot at the expense of a corner.

From Rochemback’s delivery, Afonso Alves completely missed his kick but Julio Arca was behind him to curl a 20-yard shot narrowly wide.

superb save

The hosts took the lead in the 16th minute when Tuncay raced on to a long ball and, as he entered the penalty area, he accidentally caught Dunne’s leg as the defender tried to get back.

The City captain was dismissed by referee Phil Dowd and Stewart Downing clinically dispatched the penalty.

Andreas Isaksson then did well to smother Alves’ close-range effort from Downing’s 29th-minute corner, although his save was more down to luck than judgment.

Rochemback wasted the chance to shoot from 16 yards, instead passing to Tuncay and allowing City’s defence to get back to block.

But the next time the Brazilian went forward, the decision to pass paid off as he picked out compatriot Afonso Alves who slotted home left-footed in the 37th minute.

Late on in the half, Isaksson pulled off a superb save to deny Boateng just five yards out from Downing’s left-wing cross.

Isaksson was soon into the action in the second half, parrying Rochemback’s free-kick which was fortuitously awarded for Sun Jihai’s foul on Downing and was deemed to be outside the penalty area by Dowd.

But the England winger did something positive in the 57th minute when, after Boateng’s right-wing cross was knocked on, he smashed a superb volley with the outside of his left foot inside the far post to end the match as a contest.


Two minutes later, Afonso Alves made it 4-0 when he raced on to Arca’s through-ball to stab past Isaksson.

Chris Riggott then had a goal disallowed for offside as Boro threatened to run riot.

City’s luck was obviously not in as, in the 70th minute, Boro grabbed a fifth when Johnson’s long-range shot was deflected past Isaksson.

Elano replaced Martin Petrov but, in truth, the visitors were just going through the motions.

Rochemback made it 6-0 with a 30-yard free-kick 10 minutes from time and substitute Aliadiere fired home the seventh in the 85th minute.

Elano scored a consolation before Afonso Alves completed his hat-trick.
Wigan 0 x 2 Manchester United