Aston Villa´s hopes of securing a European spot suffered a major dent despite skipper Gareth Barry rescuing a 1-1 draw with a controversial penalty against Middlesbrough.

The England midfielder levelled from the spot with 17 minutes remaining after Boro defender Luke Young was harshly ruled to have handled a volley from Villa winger Ashley Young.

Stewart Downing had given the visitors a deserved half-time lead with his seventh goal of the season as Boro regained their pride after the FA Cup debacle against Cardiff at the weekend.

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