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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.

More to follow.

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