Brentford 3 Bournemouth 1 (3-2 agg): Bees reach Championship play-off final after thrilling comeback vs 10-man Cherries
BRENTFORD are just one win away from the Premier League after stunning play-off turnaround against Bournemouth.
Thomas Frank's side came from two goals behind in this rollercoaster semi-final to beat the ten-man Cherries 3-2 on aggregate.
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Now they will take on either Swansea or Barnsley for a £100m-plus shoot-out at Wembley next weekend for a place in the top-flight.
Trailing 1-0 from the first leg on the South Coast, Brentford's day got off to the worst possible start on five minutes when Arnaut Danjuma caught them on the counter to break the deadlock.
But Ivan Toney soon got them back into it from the penalty spot before Chris Mepham was sent-off for Bournemouth on 28 minutes.
Vitaly Janelt then levelled the tie five minutes into the second half as the Bees piled on the pressure for a winner.
And finally that moment arrived with just nine minutes remaining as Marcus Forss stabbed home to book their date with destiny at Wembley.
Brentford captain Pontus Jansson said: “We stayed in the game and kept our heads cool. It was hard, but we knew we are strong at home and had to win the game.
“I have missed the fans so much, and without them I don't think we would have made it. We have to win the final, but today we are happy and have to celebrate.”
Full report to follow…
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Ivan Toney added: “It's crazy and you can see what it means to all of us. The fans made a massive difference.
“They are the 12th man, and it'll give us a great chance in the final.
“The main thing was believing, and we kept believing even when they got the goal. They hardly had a chance and we deserved it.”
More to follow…
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