Boro, unbeaten at home so far that season, were moulding the Riverside into something of a fortress under manager Steve McClaren.

And after seeing off Liverpool earlier in the month thanks to a Gareth Southgate header, City were next to be handed defeat on Teesside. 

Cameroonian international Geremi, on loan from Real Madrid, showed his class to dismantle the opposition, delivering crosses for first Ugo Ehiogu then Alen Boksic to head home.

Some sloppy defending allowed Nicolas Anelka to pull one back for City, but Geremi had the final say, drilling beyond Peter Schmeichel after good work from Massimo Maccarone.

Watch highlights from the game above.