The Guardian: At one stage of this curtain-raiser Middlesbrough looked as if they had never left the Premier League, despite a seven-year hiatus. 

Yet whereas Alvaro Negredo had raised the Riverside roof early on with a debut goal Boro were hanging on somewhat at the end of the game and a point ended up being a satisfactory start to their season.

BBC Sport: [Gaston] Ramirez went some way towards proving he can repeat his excellent form from last season with a lively and inventive display. 

The Uruguayan produced some lovely touches, linked up with Negredo well, and had his low driven shot found the inside rather than the outside of the post, Boro may well have been celebrating victory in the top flight for the first time since 2009.

The Mirror: Boro impressed on their Premier League return but were undone by a stunning second-half free-kick. 

Aitor Karanka's side dominated the first half and could have been three goals ahead by half-time. But Stoke looked a different proposition after the break and started pressing their hosts.

The Riverside Stadium has a very new feel to it for Boro's return to the top flight. 

Along with the obligatory opening day debuts, the Teesside club spent £5m on renovations during the summer to get their 21-year-old arena up to Premier League scratch after a seven-year exile.

The Telegraph: Although Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri showed his class by curling in a free-kick to equalise, the performance of [Alvaro] Negredo was a major boost for Karanka, experiencing his first game as a Premier League manager. 

The former Real Madrid striker showed his hunger and instinct, leaping between defenders Ryan Shawcross and Philipp Wollscheid inside the six-yard box and heading in.

Daily Star: Friend for England? The Boro full-back signed a four year contract earlier today and in the absence of the injured Grant Leadbitter, captained the hosts on their return to the Premier League. 

And the left-back led by example with a barnstorming display, powering forward at every opportunity without ever neglecting his defensive duties.

At 28, international honours have probably passed him by but if Friend carries on like this, it won't be too long before he attracts the attention of new England coach Sam Allardyce.