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Result: Dundee United ease past Inverness Caledonian Thistle to reach playoff final

Nicky Clark’s controversial penalty sent Dundee United on their way to the Ladbrokes Premiership play-off final with a 3-0 victory over Inverness. Clark slotted home in first-half stoppage-time after Brad McKay was harshly penalised for handball by referee Kevin Clancy. Visiting boss John Robertson was sent to the stand at half-time after making his feelings clear and Osman Sow netted his first goal for United 10 minutes into the second half before Pavol Safranko scored late on to seal a 4-0 aggregate win. United will now host either Hamilton or St Mirren on Thursday night in the first leg of the final as they look to make it third time lucky in the play-offs. Inverness had Tom Walsh back fit to replace the suspended Liam Polworth, whose red card had a major bearing on United’s...

Result: Derby County stun Leeds United to reach Championship playoff final

Derby County beat Leeds United 4-2 at Elland Road and 4-3 on aggregate to set up a Championship playoff final clash with Midlands rivals Aston Villa. Derby County have booked a place in the Championship playoff final with a remarkable 4-2 victory over Leeds United at Elland Road, recovering from a two-goal aggregate deficit to progress through 4-3 on aggregate. The Rams, trailing 1-0 from Saturday’s first leg, found themselves with a mountain to climb when Stuart Dallas found a way through 24 minutes in. County boss Frank Lampard brought on Jack Marriott towards the end of the first half, though, and that proved an inspired change as the striker kickstarted his side’s comeback following a big error at the back from Kiko Casilla and Liam Cooper. Mason Mount levelled up the tie l...

Result: Villa beat Albion on pens to reach playoff final

Aston Villa book their place in the Championship playoff final with a 4-3 penalty-shootout win against West Bromwich Albion following a 2-2 draw after extra time. Aston Villa lost 1-0 on the night but came out on top 4-3 on penalties against 10-man West Bromwich Albion to book their place in the Championship playoff final. © Reuters West Brom had a penalty appeal turned down in the opening 10 minutes when Anwar El Ghazi got across Mason Holgate in the box and blocked the ball with his upper arm. Neither side were able to really take control of the match in a sloppy opening quarter of the match, but it was the Baggies who made the breakthrough just short of the half-hour mark. Holgate’s long throw from the right was met by Craig Dawson, who got between Tammy Abraham and Ahmed Elmohama...

Video: Mike Dean celebrates enthusiastically as Tranmere reach playoff final

Dean stood on the terrace railings and cheered as Tranmere beat Forest Green to seal a place at Wembley. Premier League referee Mike Dean led the celebrations as Tranmere booked their place in the League Two play-off final. The 50-year-old, who last month became the first ref to show 100 red cards in the Premier League, was caught on camera celebrating wildly in the stands as Rovers beat Forest Green to reach Wembley. 🎉🏟 – MIKE DEAN AND TRANMERE ARE HEADING TO WEMBLEY! The Premier League referee cannot hide his excitement at The New Lawn as his side secure their place in the play-off final! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/ZCrOur7xbn — Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) May 13, 2019 Dean stood on the terrace railing at the New Lawn after Tranmere’s 1-1 draw secured a 2-1 aggregate victory. He had earlier...

Result: Tranmere beat Forest Green on aggregate to reach playoff final

James Norwood struck his 32nd goal of the season to help take Tranmere to Wembley for the Sky Bet League Two play-off final against Newport. A header from Forest Green skipper Joseph Mills after just 13 minutes cancelled out Ollie Banks’ cracker from the first leg. However it was Norwood’s goal after 27 minutes which proved decisive, earning a 1-1 draw on the night and a 2-1 victory on aggregate, while the hosts had Carl Winchester sent off midway through the second half. Tranmere had started the better at The New Lawn and chalked up the first shot of the game when Liam Ridehalgh tried his luck from outside the area but it was easily gathered by Forest Green keeper Lewis Ward. The hosts soon got into their stride and opened the scoring when Junior Mondal floated a free-kick int...

Result: Chelsea reach Europa League final with penalty-shootout win over Frankfurt

Chelsea defeat Eintracht Frankfurt in a penalty shootout to set up a showdown with Premier League rivals Arsenal in the Europa League final. Chelsea have held their nerve in a penalty shootout against Eintracht Frankfurt to earn a place in the Europa League final. Ruben Loftus-Cheek‘s opener on Thursday night was cancelled out by Luka Jovic, but neither side could add a decisive third goal which left the tie locked at 2-2 on aggregate. Cesar Azpilicueta‘s early miss in the shootout gifted the advantage to Frankfurt, but Kepa Arrizabalaga saved from Martin Hinteregger and Goncalo Paciencia to set up a showdown with city rivals Arsenal in the final later this month. Frankfurt created the first opportunity of the game in West London, but Jovic failed to get any power behind his fr...

Result: Chelsea reach Europa League final with penalty-shootout win

Chelsea defeat Eintracht Frankfurt in a penalty shootout to set up a showdown with Arsenal in the Europa League final. Chelsea have held their nerve in a penalty shootout against Eintracht Frankfurt to earn a place in the Europa League final. Ruben Loftus-Cheek‘s opener on Thursday night was cancelled out by Luka Jovic, but neither side could add a decisive third goal to leave the tie locked at 2-2 on aggregate. Cesar Azpilicueta‘s early miss in the shootout gifted the advantage to Frankfurt, but Kepa Arrizabalaga saved from Martin Hinteregger and Goncalo Paciencia to set up a showdown with city rivals Arsenal in the final later this month. Frankfurt created the first opportunity of the game in West London, but Luka Jovic failed to get any power behind his free header from by t...

Liverpool reach Tanguy Ndombele agreement?

Liverpool agree personal terms with Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele ahead of a potential move to Anfield, according to a report. Liverpool have reportedly agreed personal terms with Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele ahead of a potential move to Anfield in this summer’s transfer window. A number of clubs have been credited with an interest in the 22-year-old, who is widely expected to leave Lyon for big money at the end of the 2018-19 campaign. According to Euro United, Liverpool have reached an agreement with Ndombele when it comes to a contract, but there is currently no deal with Lyon in terms of a transfer fee. The same report, though, has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus have also agreed terms with the Frenchman, who has scored twice and contributed seven assists in 46 a...

Result: Magnificent Liverpool thrash Barcelona to reach Champions League final

Liverpool reach the Champions League final with a 4-0 victory over Barcelona at Anfield, with the Merseyside giants successfully overturning a three-goal deficit. Liverpool have reached their second successive Champions League final with a remarkable 4-0 victory over Barcelona in the second leg of their semi-final clash at Anfield. Divock Origi netted the first and fourth goals on a memorable night on Merseyside, but the enforced introduction of Georginio Wijnaldum proved key with the Dutchman chipping in with a double in three second-half minutes. Barcelona had their opportunities on Tuesday evening but at times, the La Liga champions looked powerless as a rampant Liverpool wrote another page in their illustrious history. Liverpool set the tone for the task ahead by almost going ahead aft...

Rafael Benitez urges Newcastle to spend in order to reach top half

Rafael Benitez has told Newcastle they should be competing for seventh place in the Premier League rather than fighting for survival every season. The Magpies all but mathematically clinched a third successive top-flight campaign with a 3-1 home victory over Southampton. which left them 10 points clear of Cardiff in the final relegation place. Should the Bluebirds fail to beat title-chasing Liverpool on Sunday, Benitez’s men will be safe. And as the Newcastle boss waits for answers from owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley over his new contract – his current deal expires on June 30 – he fired them a warning shot, with reference in particular to the age limit they want to impose on incoming signings. Benitez said: “Our level, I think, has to be between seventh an...

Unai Emery “very proud” after Arsenal reach semi-finals

Unai Emery was proud of his Arsenal players after they reached the semi-finals of the Europa League with a victory away at Napoli. Leading 2-0 from the first leg, the Gunners will now face Valencia in the last four after Alexandre Lacazette’s 36th-minute free-kick was enough to seal victory on the night and a much-deserved 3-0 aggregate win over a Napoli side far from their best. For all the criticism often aimed at the Arsenal defence, they have now kept six clean sheets in their last seven games and not conceded in consecutive away matches across all competitions for the first time since January 2017. We never feel alone, but we are looking forward to seeing you all at the Emirates on Sunday! We are the @Arsenal ! Forward together! pic.twitter.com/rS0mPYPrBT — Unai Emery (@UnaiEmer...

Result: Chelsea reach Europa League semi-finals after thriller with Slavia Prague

Chelsea survive a comeback from Slavia Prague to progress through to the Europa League semi-finals courtesy of a 4-3 victory at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night. Chelsea have earned a place in the Europa League semi-finals courtesy of a dramatic 4-3 victory over Slavia Prague on Thursday night. The Blues held a 4-1 lead after just 27 minutes before being pegged back by Slavia in the second half, but Maurizio Sarri‘s side survived the closing half-hour of the contest to prevail 5-3 on aggregate. Chelsea will now take on Eintracht Frankfurt after the Bundesliga outfit recorded a 2-0 win over Benfica, a result which saw the Portuguese side bow out on away goals with the teams locked at 4-4 over the two legs. The Premier League team went into the game knowing that avoiding defeat would ...

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