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Summary

  1. Amorebieta scores late winner for Boro
  2. Jelle Vossen header put Boro ahead
  3. Andre Gray levelled after Konstantopoulos error
  4. Second leg on 15 May

Live Reporting

By Phil Harlow

All times stated are UK

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FT: Brentford 1-2 Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough
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So there we have it. On a day of drama across the country, the first Championship play-off match of the end-of-season campaign didn't disappoint as an injury-time winner from Fernando Amorebieta offered another unexpected turn at the end of

a match which Brentford had dominated.

Let's do it all again next week.

Next up...

Ipswich Town v Norwich City (Sat, 12:15 BST)

Wes Hoolahan
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Two local rivals take centre stage tomorrow lunchtime as Ipswich host Norwich in the first leg of their Championship play-off semi-final.

Norwich finished third in the table, collecting eight more points at the end of the regular season than sixth-placed Ipswich.

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra will have live coverage from Portman Road, and you can also follow the East Anglian derby via our live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

Got your breath back yet? There's something else coming our way tomorrow that you might want to keep an eye on.

FT: Brentford 1-2 Middlesbrough

Mark Warburton
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Brentford boss Mark Warburton tells Sky Sports:

"It was a better second half and we did enough to think we can go there and put on a show.

"Middlesbrough stifled us a bit in the first half and the second half was too open if I'm honest, but we recognise we'll create chances up there.

"We must defend better from corners, but we created chances and our job now is to go there and win the game - simple as that. We're absolutely still in the game - it's 2-1 at half-time."

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More from Boro boss Aitor Karanka:

"Having the advantage is very, very important. Brentford are a very good team, and they had chances especially at set pieces. We'll have to work at the same intensity as today but we need to keep the ball more.

"It's an amazing win and the lads deserve it.

"Football is sometimes a risk. Two weeks ago

we sent Dimi Konstantopoulos up for a corner and conceded a goal. Today we sent Fernando up and it worked. It's very good for him, he's an experienced player and he's settled in with the lads vey well."

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Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka tells Sky Sports:

"This match was as intense as I could have imagined. This league is amazing and from my first day here, it's what everyone told me.

"It was a typical Championship game and I'm learning every second in this country."

FT: Brentford 1-2 Middlesbrough

A classic away performance from Aitor Karanka's Middlesbrough side. His players soaked up plenty of pressure from a Brentford side which enjoyed 62% of the ball and took two chances.

What chance do you give Brentford in the return leg?

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Baz Saikia: Brentford have to take the game to Middlesbrough in the second leg by controlling the midfield and isolating Bamford.

Pete Thompson: Secretly following the football during a romantic dinner on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Playoffs are awesome - for a neutral!

Yes, they're awesome for neutrals. Not so much for supporters if your team are involved. But more of the same to come over the next couple of weeks hopefully!

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Middlesbrough captain Grant Leadbitter tells Sky Sports:

"Brentford are a really good side but we've got the advantage now. We know it's going to be tough and we have to come out the blocks as quickly as today when we start the second leg.

"It was a good game and Brentford were very good in possession, but Fernando produced a great strike and we'll take the win.

"We know it's going to be tight. We'll be full of confidence but we know we have to be wary because Brentford are a good team."

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Ian Holloway

Ex-Blackpool and Crystal Palace manager, BBC Radio 5 live

"Middlesbrough will be delighted, but don't write Brentford off. They didn't deserve that. They battled back and were the better team in the second half.

"But this is what Middlesbrough have done all season. They're very solid and counter-attacked. They'd have settled for 1-1 but Amorebieta struck his goal like a centre-forward."

FULL-TIME

Brentford 1-2 Middlesbrough

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That's it - the final whistle goes and Middlesbrough will take a one-goal advantage to the second leg next Friday.

CLOSE!

Brentford 1-2 Middlesbrough

Tommy Smith is inches away from equalising at the other end for Brentford as the ball across the box is just nipped away from him by man of the moment Fernando Amorebieta.

Brentford 1-2 Middlesbrough

Ian Holloway

Ex-Blackpool and Crystal Palace manager, BBC Radio 5 live

"The left-back - I said 'why have they brought him on?!' And then he scores the goal that will probably give Boro the win in this leg."

GOAL

Brentford 1-2 Middlesbrough (Fernando Amorebieta)

Fernando Amorebieta
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With time running out, Adam Forshaw wins a corner for Middlesbrough. The ball breaks to substitute Fernando Amorebieta in space just by the penalty spot and he produces a finish worthy of (Liverpool era) Fernando Torres, swivelling around to hit it on the volley and into the bottom corner.

SUBSTITUTION

Brentford 1-1 Middlesbrough

Championship player of the year Patrick Bamford comes off for Middlesbrough, to be replaced by Kike.

Six added minutes...

SUBSTITUTION

Brentford 1-1 Middlesbrough

Both sides are tiring after an intense evening. Brentford's Alan Judge fires the ball downfield but it's more of a rugby touch finder than a long ball, and it goes straight out. It's his last action as he makes way for experienced striker Tommy Smith.

Brentford 1-1 Middlesbrough

Ian Holloway

Ex-Blackpool and Crystal Palace manager, BBC Radio 5 live

"Forshaw used to play for this club and he's fired right up. He was a little late, but referee Jonathan Moss has had a good game and settled things back down.

"It's electric in here and Brentford's turnaround has been amazing. You get that goal, you get confidence. Look at the difference it's made to Middlesbrough - they're on the back foot now.

"This is the play-offs for you - it's fantastic."

YELLOW CARD

Brentford 1-1 Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough take off goalscorer Jelle Vossen, with former Brentford man Adam Forshaw coming on. Fair to say he doesn't get the warmest of welcomes.

Soon after and Forshaw throws himself into an unwise tackle on Toumani Diagouraga, earning a yellow card for his troubles - Boro's sixth of the evening. There are a few words between the respective benches on the sidelines but it simmers down.

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Middlesbrough are restricting themselves to playing on the break and without committing many men forward. Brentford give away the ball on halfway and George Friend bursts forward for Boro, but with few other options his wild shot is well wide of the target.

Brentford 1-1 Middlesbrough

Ian Holloway

Ex-Blackpool and Crystal Palace manager, BBC Radio 5 live

"Maybe everybody will be fed up of it, but I'm waxing lyrical about Brentford and Stuart Dallas has had a great season. He pops up with goals left, right and centre, and what a great substitute to have coming on now."

SUBSTITUTION

Brentford 1-1 Middlesbrough

Brentford make a change, bringing Stuart Dallas on for midfielder Jota. What can Dallas offer as Brentford push for a winner?

YELLOW CARD

Brentford 1-1 Middlesbrough

New arrival Fernando Amorebieta concedes a free-kick for a clear foul on Alex Pritchard just outside the box, getting a yellow card in the process just moments after coming on for Boro. You suspect that wasn't what was whispered in his ear just before coming on...

SUBSTITUTION

Brentford 1-1 Middlesbrough

Grant Leadbitter has the chance to curl in a free-kick from out on the left but his effort is to close to Brentford goalkeeper David Button, who collects into his midriff.

Shortly after and we have our first change as Lee Tomlin, who has been on a yellow card since early in the first half, is replaced by Fernando Amorebieta for Boro.

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John Dykes: When you miss a sitter, you put your everything into making up for it! Great tenacity from Gray to earn the equaliser.

Daniel Woodley: Once again the Championship doesn't disappoint! Can't take my eyes off this game.

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Brentford 1-1 Middlesbrough

Jota
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Brentford are getting Spanish midfielder Jota on the ball more and more and he is making things tick in the middle. Boro's intensity has dropped from the stellar level of the first half and Brentford are enjoying the extra split-second on the ball.

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Middlesbrough goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos has to re-tie his bootlaces, taking off his gloves to do so. He is very meticulous about the whole thing. Brentford fans urge him to get a bit of a move on...

GREAT SAVE!

Brentford 1-1 Middlesbrough

Another magnificent save in a match that has been full of them, with Dimi Konstantopoulos arcing his back to get a hand to a looping, back-where-it-came-from header from Brentford's Jonathan Douglas. This is some match.

Brentford 1-1 Middlesbrough

Whatever happened to the cagey, safety-first play-off football we might have expected?

This is end-to-end with both teams going for the win, tackles flying in and chances coming for both sides. Has anyone told them they've got another chance next week?

Brentford 1-1 Middlesbrough

Ian Holloway

Ex-Blackpool and Crystal Palace manager, BBC Radio 5 live

"What a save from Button. He flicked it over the defender and volleyed with his left foot. I thought it was in for a second, but what a save.

"It's so finely balanced now. This is anybody's game."

GREAT SAVE!

Brentford 1-1 Middlesbrough

That is one of the saves of the season! Brentford's David Button produces an amazing piece of athleticism, leaping into the air and just getting a palm to a fierce Albert Adomah effort which had been destined for the top corner. Boro must have thought they were about to go back ahead there.

Brentford 1-1 Middlesbrough

Griffin Park is absolutely jumping now. A fine Harlee Dean tackle in the box - with zero margin for error - wins Middlesbrough a corner but the resulting header is straight at David Button.

Brentford 1-1 Middlesbrough

Ian Holloway

Ex-Blackpool and Crystal Palace manager, BBC Radio 5 live

Andre Gray
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"The ball's played over the top, Gray's chased a lost cause and he was so alert to roll it into an empty net.

"That's a calamity out of nothing, but it's exactly what the game needed. The centre-half should have dealt with it. He could have cleared it out, and if that had been the case, it would be a throw-in now.

"It's buzzing here at Brentford."

GOAL

Brentford 1-1 Middlesbrough (Andre Gray)

Andre Gray
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We criticised him a moment ago, but it's brilliant work from Andre Gray as he capitalises on a Dimi Konstantopoulos error to equalise.

An optimistic ball over the top should have been belted into the stands by the Boro keeper but he dithers slightly and allows Gray to nip the ball off his toes just outside the box before turning 180 degrees and rolling the ball into the net from an angle.

Brentford 0-1 Middlesbrough

Ian Holloway

Ex-Blackpool and Crystal Palace manager, BBC Radio 5 live

"What a chance. Odubajo put a great low cross in, in between the two centre-backs, and Andre Gray has been banging those in all season. It's a terrible miss for the boy. Brentford really needed that."

Brentford 0-1 Middlesbrough

Horrible miss from Brentford striker Andre Gray, who just hasn't got going tonight. The ball breaks to him inside the six-yard box after Jota flicks it on and with just the keeper to beat he fires over on the half volley. Will Brentford get a better chance to equalise?

YELLOW CARD

Brentford 0-1 Middlesbrough

Patrick Bamford
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Middlesbrough's on-loan striker Patrick Bamford shows a touch of Premier League class as he brings the ball down and pushes it past James Tarkowski, who clatters into him to earn a yellow card seconds after the restart.

Industrial, agricultural, a reducer: take your pick of euphemisms for that challenge...

Brentford 0-1 Middlesbrough

Rob Stevens

BBC Sport at Griffin Park

Aitor Karanka and Mark Warburton
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"Brentford were subdued after Jelle Vossen gave Boro the lead midway through the first half. Bees striker Andre Gray has hardly been in the game but Alan Judge has been a bright spark for the home side.

"Mark Warburton will want more artistry from his playmaker in the second half. Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka may be sweating later on as four of his players are on yellow cards - a sending-off would be costly."

KICK-OFF

Brentford 0-1 Middlesbrough

The managers have made their stroll across the pitch to the dug-outs, the players are ready and Middlesbrough get the second half under way. No changes for either side at the break.

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Ian Holloway

Ex-Blackpool and Crystal Palace manager, BBC Radio 5 live

"The next goal is absolutely vital. If Middlesbrough can get it, it will make it almost impossible for the mindset of Brentford to get over the fact that they've already been beaten twice by them."

Live commentary continues on BBC Radio 5 live via the Live Coverage tab.

HT: Brentford 0-1 Middlesbrough

Jelle Vossen
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So Jelle Vossen's header is the difference at half-time. Can Brentford pull it back after the break?