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Summary

  1. Middlesbrough reach Championship play-off final
  2. Boro win 5-1 on aggregate after 3-0 win at Riverside
  3. Tomlin, Kike and Adomah on target for Teessiders
  4. Final at Wembley on 25 May

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By Tom Garry

All times stated are UK

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FT: Middlesbrough 3-0 Brentford (agg 5-1)

Middlesbrough fans celebrate
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So Middlesbrough will go to Wembley for the Championship play-off final. They have never won at the home of English football - could 2015 finally be their year for success?

But who will they face for a place in the Premier League? Find out tomorrow by joining us for our live text coverage of Norwich v Ipswich, which is delicately balanced at 1-1 after the first leg.

All that's left for us to say tonight is thanks for joining us, and we leave you with

Matt Newsum's report on the action from the Riverside tonight, which will make happy reading for Boro fans.

We'll see you tomorrow. Good night.

FT: Middlesbrough 3-0 Brentford (agg 5-1)

For Middlesbrough fans, this is a night they will not forget in a hurry. Their team stopped Brentford playing and were clinical up front.

Grant Leadbitter was instrumental in midfield, while Albert Adomah and Lee Tomlin shined going forward.

But tactically Aitor Karanka got things spot on, once again. His side are now just one more win away from a return to the top flight.

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Aitor Karanka
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Boro boss Aitor Karanka tells Sky Sports:

"It's amazing. I've been the manager for 18 months and to be here now, well, I've told the players thank you very much.

"I never played at Wembley - they have given me the opportunity. I dreamt to play at Wembley, but it was not possible.

"We have played really well all season. This team always showed the spirit. We have now beaten Brentford four times this season."

FT: Middlesbrough 3-0 Brentford (agg 5-1)

So Brentford's dream of a first top-flight return since 1947 is over for at least another year, but they surely exceeded their fans' expectations after winning promotion from League One last season.

Mark Warburton's time as Bees boss comes to an end with a 3-0 loss, but he has seen the club make great progress under his leadership.

His side were second best tonight, but all credit has to go to Boro.

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Grant Leadbitter
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Boro midfielder Grant Leadbitter tells Sky Sports:

"We outclassed Brentford tonight.

"A lot of people have been saying we've had a good season, but we need to get promoted to have a good season."

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Boro winger Albert Adomah tells Sky Sports: "Today is down to everyone on the pitch and all the subs. Everyone defended well and attacked well.

"But the job is not done yet. We need to go to Wembley and win against Ipswich or Norwich

"I don't mind who we face, because I haven't played at Wembley before. Everyone is looking forward to it."

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Fans rush onto the pitch and engulf the Boro players. The appeals for them to stay off the pitch fall on deaf ears, and there are flares going off now too.

Adam Clayton is posing for 'selfies' with some supporters.

Pure joy for these Boro fans, who have waited 17 years for a trip to Wembley.

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Kevin Kilbane

BBC Radio 5 live

"It is a brilliant night for Middlesbrough. They truly were outstanding."

FULL-TIME

Middlesbrough 3-0 Brentford (agg 5-1)

That's it. Middlesbrough are through to the Championship play-off final.

What an excellent, accomplished performance from Aitor Karanka's side.

SUBSTITUTION

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A nice moment here.

Jonathan Woodgate is brought on to replace Grant Leadbitter and he takes the captains armband for the final moments.

Boro are having a night to remember.

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Three minutes have been indicated by the fourth official.

These will be the final moments of Mark Warburton's time as Brentford boss.

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Alex Pritchard hits a sweet strike from way, way outside the area, but Dimi Konstantopoulos gathers it. That's Brentford's best effort for the last 20 minutes.

At the other end, Albert Adomah fires just over from a tight angle. He has had an exceptional night for Boro, posing a threat all game.

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Hundreds of Boro fans are positioning themselves down in the front row behind one of the goals.

We couldn't possibly see a pitch invasion could we?

YELLOW CARD

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Harlee Dean goes into the book, to further dampen Bees spirits.

In truth, Brentford heads are really down. They deserve to be proud of their efforts this season, but tonight is simply not their night.

Middlesbrough have fully deserved their convincing lead.

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Kevin Kilbane

BBC Radio 5 live

"Brentford have impressed me this season but they have not shown up on the big occasion.

"It looks to me that the Brentford players have frozen tonight and have not been able to reproduce the form they have shown this season."

SUBSTITUTION

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Lee Tomlin comes off, to a standing ovation, after a top performance.

Adam Forshaw comes on for the last eight minutes of normal time against his former club.

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Middlesbrough fans celebrate
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Middlesbrough want even more goals here.

They push forward again and Lee Tomlin drags his shot wide, but they are full of confidence.

The Riverside is rocking.

GOAL Albert Adomah

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Albert Adomah scores
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Game, set and match Boro.

Albert Adomah finishes off a great team move, which started just outside their own penalty area.

He plays a neat one-two in the box with Lee Tomlin before side-stepping around David Button and blasting into the back of the net.

Middlesbrough are going to Wembley.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Brentford (agg 4-1)

Lee Tomlin looks like he is in for his second goal of the night, bursting clear on the counter, but James Tarkowski gets a crucial foot in just before he was about to shoot.

That was a big chance, but with the score the way it is, Boro won't mind too much.

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Some excellent defending from Adam Clayton brings an end to a fine Brentford move. He has been superb tonight, it has to be said.

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Conor McNamara

BBC Radio 5 live

"If this is the end for Brentford tonight you have to look at where they have come from.

"They have been going for back-to-back promotions. They have had an excellent season."

SUBSTITUTION

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Chris Long comes on for Toumani Diagouraga as Brentford make their third and final change.

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Could these be the last 20 minutes of Mark Warburton's time as Brentford manager?

His side need something quickly, or else their dream of consecutive promotions is fading fast.

Join the debate at #bbcfootball

The Online Boy: Brentford have been poor, Boro deserve their lead.

Chris Mc: Can't wait for all three north east teams to be relegated next season from the Premier League.

Atticus_Montreal: This play-off stuff is so much fun. We should have the bottom four in the Premier-League go at it for the final survival spot.

SUBSTITUTION

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Middlesbrough goal scorer Kike comes off, to warm applause, and is replaced by Adam Reach.

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The Boro fans are singing "There's only one Steve Gibson".

Oh, how the Middlesbrough chairman would love a first return to the Premier League in six seasons.

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Albert Adomah has time to fire a powerful effort at goal but it is comfortably saved by Brentford's David Button.

Boro are in no mood to sit back on their three-goal advantage.

SUBSTITUTION

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Mark Warburton
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Now needing three goals to save this tie, Brentford boss Mark Warburton makes a double substitution.

Stuart Dallas and Jon Toral replace Jake Bidwell and Jota. A penny for Warburton's thoughts at the moment.

YELLOW CARD Kike

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The Boro striker, by the way, took his shirt off in celebrating that goal and his name goes in the book.

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The Middlesbrough fans are in dreamland. Tonight could hardly have gone better for them so far.

The Riverside has rarely sounded louder!

GOAL Kike

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Kike celebrates his goal
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Against the run of play, Boro double their lead on the night.

Jesse Vossen sprints into the penalty area and can't quite get his shot away, but the ball falls to Kike bursting into the box, who takes two touches and slams the ball past David Button.

Is that the goal that sends the Teesside club to Wembley for the first time since 1998?

Middlesbrough 1-0 Brentford (agg 3-1)

This is Brentford's best spell of the night so far. They have looked really fired up since the break.

Remember, they need at least two goals...

Middlesbrough 1-0 Brentford (agg 3-1)

Kevin Kilbane

BBC Radio 5 live

"What a chance! Brilliant from Moses Odubajo. It's the first time he has freed himself up on the right.

"He skipped past George Friend and whipped in an incredible ball and Andre Gray has gone with his wrong foot. If he had gone with his left foot he would have had tap in."

CLOSE!

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Brentford almost equalise down the other end, as the ball comes into the box and across the six-yard box. Andre Gray is sliding in but he just can't quite reach the ball.

That had shades of Gazza against Germany in Euro 96. He was inches from equalising.

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Boro almost make the perfect start to the second half as Albert Adomah whips over a dangerous cross but it bounces across the face of goal and beyond both strikers.

KICK-OFF

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We are back under way for the second half of this game.

Can Brentford find a memorable comeback?

The play-offs still to come

Norwich v Ipswich
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Tomorrow the play-off action will continue, with the last of this year's Championship semi-final second legs.

And it promises to be a real hum-dinger.

Norwich host Ipswich in the second leg of the 'Old Farm' derby, with the tie level after a

1-1 draw at Portman Road.

You'll be able to follow live text coverage of that game with us here on the BBC Sport website.

The play-offs so far

It's fair to say we have already seen more than our share of drama in the Football League play-offs this season.

In League One, we were treated to what Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper described as a "ridiculous" and "freak" tie against Sheffield United, which his side won 7-6 on aggregate after an incredible

5-5 draw in the second leg.

Swindon Town fans
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Meanwhile,

Preston saw off Chesterfield 4-0 on aggregate, partly thanks to a memorable Jermaine Beckford goal from the halfway line.

In League Two, Southend eventually reached the final after a dramatic

extra-time win over Stevenage, despite United's Barry Corr missing a penalty with virtually the last kick of normal time.

They will face Wycombe Wanderers after they enjoyed a 5-3 aggregate

win over Plymouth.

Join the debate at #bbcfootball

So what do you make of that then? Middlesbrough have been comfortable so far and deserve their lead.

Are they Wembley-bound or can Brentford mount a comeback?

Let us know using #bbcfootball on Twitter.

HT: Middlesbrough 1-0 Brentford (agg 3-1)

Matt Newsum

BBC Sport at the Riverside

"Warm applause for Middlesbrough as they head off for the break with a two-goal aggregate cushion against Brentford, after an impressive lesson in how to handle promotion pressure.

"Helped no doubt by a supportive bumper crowd, there was a lack of anxiety and a healthy dollop of slickness to their play, capped by a stunner from Lee Tomlin.

"Andre Gray and Alex Pritchard have shown glimpses of their class for Brentford but it's been all too infrequent."