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Aston Villa beat West Bromwich Albion to reach Championship play-off final

Aston Villa celebrate
Aston Villa will play Leeds or Derby in the Championship play-off final on 27 May

Aston Villa beat West Bromwich Albion in a penalty shootout to reach the Championship play-off final for the second successive season.

Tammy Abraham's winning spot-kick, after Villa keeper Jed Steer had saved Albion's first two penalties, settled the shootout 4-3 in Villa's favour after a gripping two hours of tension-packed derby drama.

Trailing 2-1 from Saturday's first leg, Albion levelled the tie when Craig Dawson flicked home a near-post header from a long throw.

But, just as much as Dwight Gayle's red card proved crucial at Villa Park, so did the 80th minute sending-off of Albion captain Chris Brunt as the Baggies finished with 10 men for the second time in four days.

They held on for penalties and, although Albert Adomah's miss in the shootout briefly gave them hope after Steer had saved from Mason Holgate and Ahmed Hegazi, Abraham kept his nerve to book a play-off final meeting with either Leeds or Derby at Wembley on 27 May.

Two red cards in four days hinder Albion

The main sub-plot of a tight two-legged play-off semi-final was Albion's two red cards, with top scorer Gayle sent off on Saturday and skipper Brunt dismissed at The Hawthorns.

If the Baggies were a bit unlucky at Villa Park over the controversial Gayle incident, this time there was no doubt at all.

Brunt stepped on John McGinn's arm in their first tangle before the break, but referee Chris Kavanagh either did not see the incident or deemed it accidental.

Brunt was then booked early in the second half for a late challenge on McGinn, which could easily have been interpreted as a sending-off offence in its own right.

When he brought McGinn down again on the edge of the box, Brunt's resulting red card was inevitable.

More to follow.

Line-ups

West Brom

Substitutes

Aston Villa

Substitutes

Referee :
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance :
25,702

Match Stats

Home TeamWest Brom Away TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home 27%
Away 73%
Shots
Home 10
Away 24
Shots on Target
Home 3
Away 6
Corners
Home 4
Away 15
Fouls
Home 15
Away 10

Live Text

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 1(3), Aston Villa 0(4).

Penalties over

Penalty Shootout ends, West Bromwich Albion 1(3), Aston Villa 0(4).

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1(3), Aston Villa 0(4). Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1(3), Aston Villa 0(3). James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) right footed shot is just a bit too high. Albert Adomah should be disappointed.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1(2), Aston Villa 0(3). Kieran Gibbs (West Bromwich Albion) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1(1), Aston Villa 0(3). Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1(1), Aston Villa 0(2). Tosin Adarabioyo (West Bromwich Albion) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Aston Villa 0(2). Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty saved! Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Aston Villa 0(1). Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty saved! Mason Holgate (West Bromwich Albion) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

Penalties in progress

Penalty Shootout begins West Bromwich Albion 1, Aston Villa 0.

Second Half Extra Time ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Aston Villa 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Mile Jedinak replaces Axel Tuanzebe.

Attempt missed. John McGinn (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Mason Holgate.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Rekeem Harper.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

Attempt blocked. Keinan Davis (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Keinan Davis (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by John McGinn with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Keinan Davis replaces Ahmed El Mohamady.

Attempt missed. Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ahmed El Mohamady.

Foul by Albert Adomah (Aston Villa).

Tosin Adarabioyo (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.