x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 July 2017

Stalemate helps neither side

Middlesbrough and Blackburn, both in the relegation zone, played out a nervous goalless draw at the Riverside.

Boro and Blackburn, both in the relegation zone, played out a nervous goalless draw at the Riverside. Sam Allardyce's Blackburn just about edged the game but the result does neither side any favours. Vince Grella smashed a 36th-minute volley just wide for Rovers while Christopher Samba cleared as Boro's Tuncay was ready to score just after the break, but a draw was a fair result.