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Latest team to win promotion to the Championship via the League One Playoff Final confirmed

Charlton Athletic have won promotion to the Championship after beating Sunderland in the League One Playoff Final at Wembley this afternoon.

A victory for Sunderland would see them competing back in the second-tier of English football at the first time of asking.

Charlton were playing for a place in the Championship since they were relegated from back in the 2015/16 season.

An incredible hectic start saw Sunderland midfielder Max Power went down following a challenge near the halfway line, getting up and playing on.

Fans were left astounded after just 5 minutes when Charlton’s Naby Sarr passed back the keeper, who was under pressure, but completely misses it and chases after the ball which rolls into the back of the net.

Shortly after, Power couldn’t carry on so he had to come off.

The momentum continued for Sunderland with many a ball crossed into the Charlton box.

From the 20th minute, Lee Bowyer’s men picked themselves up and came back into the game as they had a free kick in a dangerous area, Josh Cullen put in a ball but the offside flag went up.

After putting some pressure on the Black Cats’ defence, Charlton got their much needed equaliser in the 35th minute when Taylor hit a brilliant low ball across goal for it to meet Ben Purrington top tap home.

Wembley got back to bouncing with both sides urging their team on before the whistle blew for half time.

Lee Cattermole was lucky not to be booked on the 51st minute as he didn’t make much of an attempt to win the ball when bringing Lyle Taylor down.

Chris Maguire played in a ball from the right for Lewis Morgan to receive in aches of space inside the box but couldn’t touch it home first time.

A nasty collision saw Luke O’Nien and Darren Pratley have a horrid clash of head. Both had to go have medical attention, the Sunderland player having the more lengthily treatment off field before coming back on to applause.

Grigg was handed a yellow card for tripping Purrington and O’Nien also was booked after he took out Charlton sub Jonny Williams.

Charlton’s Josh Cullen sent a dangerous free-kick into the area to Bielik who won the ball but suffered a heavy fall then went on to carry on.

Final ten minutes of the 90, thoughts of extra time loomed and the nerves ramped up another level.

Leadbitter was next to be booked for kicking Williams.

McGeady unleashed a shot off his right boot but it went high and wide.

Another yellow was given out on the 92nd minute, Flanagan was booked for a foul on Taylor.

Last kick of the game and a winner was scored. Patrick Bauer found the net to promote Charlton Athletic to the Championship, a huge blow to Sunderland who suffer their second Wembley defeat of the season.


Take a look at fan footage uploaded to social media plus that full time reaction on the next page.


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