Swansea join Brentford in Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley after edging out spirited Barnsley

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<p>Swansea are one game away from a Premier League return</p> (PA)

Swansea are one game away from a Premier League return


Brentford will face Swansea City in the Championship Play-Off Final next weekend.

The Bees sealed their place at Wembley for the second successive season earlier on Saturday after coming from behind to beat 10-man Bournemouth in a pulsating semi-final second-leg tie played in front of 4,000 returning fans.

With Thomas Frank’s side trailing 1-0 on aggregate following a first-leg defeat on Monday, second-tier top scorer Ivan Toney cancelled out Arnaut Danjuma’s early effort before former Brentford defender Chris Mepham was sent off for bringing down Bryan Mbeumo as the latter raced through on goal.

Vitaly Janelt levelled the tie on aggregate shortly after the break before Finnish forward Marcus Forss settled things with a dramatic goal nine minutes from time.

All eyes then moved to the second leg between Swansea and Barnsley to see who would be joining Brentford at Wembley on May 29.

The hosts already possessed a narrow advantage after Andre Ayew scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at Oakwell earlier in the week.

Matt Grimes made it 2-0 on aggregate with an excellent finish after 39 minutes of Saturday evening’s return clash, with Swansea progressing despite Cauley Woodrow’s equaliser on the night with less than 20 minutes to play.

Brentford vs Swansea is a rematch of last year’s Play-Off semi-final, when the Bees - who went on to lose to west London rivals Fulham in extra-time at Wembley - recovered from a 1-0 first-leg deficit to head through 3-2 on aggregate following a memorable victory in their final match at Griffin Park.

The two teams played out a 1-1 draw in South Wales in January after Aston Villa loanee Conor Hourihane’s late free-kick quickly cancelled out a Tariqe Fosu header after Swansea defender Kyle Naughton was sent off.

Brentford and Swansea also drew 1-1 in west London back in November, with Toney and Ayew both on the scoresheet and the latter having a last-gasp effort ruled out for offside.

Brentford are looking to return to the top-flight of English football for the first time in 74 years, while Swansea were relegated from the Premier League in 2018.

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