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Summary

  1. Middlesbrough promoted to Premier League
  2. Cristhian Stuani gives Boro the lead
  3. Dale Stephens equalises but is then sent off
  4. Brighton to face Sheff Wed in play-offs
  5. Burnley beat Charlton to secure title

Live Reporting

By Phil Cartwright and Francesca Williams

All times stated are UK

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Thank you, goodnight and we'll see you in the Premier League

Colin George

Reporting from The Riverside Stadium

Thank you for joining us for what turned out to be a tense, exhilarating and - let's be honest - at times stressful game.

We hope you enjoyed our updates. Here's to the top flight.

Celebrating Middlesbrough fans
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If you're happy and you know it...

Francesca Williams

I couldn't resist sharing this. Yet again I am in awe of sports photographers.

Isn't this a perfect shot of George Friend and Thomas Kalas captured mid celebration?

George Friend and Thomas Kalas
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Fans show their approval in time-honoured fashion

This is something to see if you missed it.

Middlesbrough fans running onto the pitch as they celebrate promotion to the Premier League.

Middlesbrough fans on the pitch
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Middlesbrough 'must keep Aitor Karanka'

Colin George

Reporting from The Riverside Stadium

The consensus from Boro fans seems to be that the team need to keep Aitor Karanka in charge.

Andrew Frost, from Acklam, second from right, said:  "We need to keep Karanka next season.

"I wouldn't say I was confident going into the game but it was a game we thought we could win and we got it in the end..

Andrew Frost
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On the manager dropping Rhodes and Downing, he added: "It looked brave, a few people raised a few eyebrows, but in the end it was genius."  

Aitor Karanka
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It's a family thing

Boro's Stewart Downing takes part in a lap of honour with his daughters.

Stewart Downing and daughters
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Fans believing in Karanka after promotion

Colin George

Reporting from The Riverside Stadium

More reaction from happy Boro fans after the 1-1 draw secured promotion.

Dan Robinson, from Coulby Newham, and Amy Colpitts, from Grangetown, said they were "over the moon".

Dan said: "We knew how the team has performed before, but getting that buffer of a goal was really important."

And on their hopes for next season?

Dan Robinson and Amy Colpitts
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"As long as we don't come straight back down, that would be good, but it will be interesting to see who stays and who goes.

"Karanka knows what, he sees more of the team than we do, Stuani scored so it's good."

Congratulations are coming in thick and fast for Boro

And one from Gary. The thought of Match of the Day must be raising a smile.

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This is a joy that can only be conveyed with CAPITAL LETTERS

BBC Tees reporters are not the only ones so happy their tweets come with exclamation marks and capital letters.

A promotion that could be worth £170m does that to a person.

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Now that's a hello that will be balm to Boro fans' souls

Welcome back - enough said.

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Where did everybody go?

It's amazing how fast footbalI fans can move.

One minute the pitch was swarming and then...

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'We're the Boro - we never do things easily'

Colin George

Reporting from The Riverside Stadium

Fans are still getting over the shock of seeing Boro back in the Premier League.

Andrea and David are still trying to come to terms with it.

Andrea, 36, who has been a supporting them all her life, said: "My emotions are a bit up and down."

Andrea and David
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"I went to Wembley last year (for the play-off final) and that was still in my head," she said.

"We're the Boro, we don't do things easily but that's why we love them!"

Nail-biting finish

Francesca Williams

BBC News

Well, we are definitely surrounded by some very happy people.

Colin George is in Middlesbrough, lucky chap. If he isn't carried off in a swell of excitement he'll be letting us know what the fans think - although I think I can guess.

Middlesbrough promoted

FT: Middlesbrough 1-1 Brighton

Middlesbrough celebrate
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Thank you so much for your company for the past five hours. It was every bit as tense and exciting as we all expected it to be.

That's me done, but I'm going to hand over to my colleague Francesca Williams, who will bring you more reaction to Middlesbrough's promotion to the Premier League.

Middlesbrough promoted

FT: Middlesbrough 1-1 Brighton

Burnley wrapped up the Championship title with victory at relegated Charlton, whose head coach Jose Riga resigned shortly after full-time.

Want to read how Middlesbrough returned to the Premier League after a seven-year absence? Here's Matt Newsum's match report...

Cristhian Stuani

Middlesbrough 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Middlesbrough clinch promotion to the Premier League on goal difference after drawing with Brighton & Hove Albion.

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Championship play-off schedule

For those wanting details of play-off semi-final dates...

CONFIRMED: The @SkyBetChamp #PlayOffs schedule. @OfficialBHAFC v @swfc @HullCity v @dcfcofficial

CONFIRMED: The @SkyBetChamp #PlayOffs schedule. @OfficialBHAFC v @swfc @HullCity v @dcfcofficial

... glad to be of service.

The season's not over yet...

FT: Middlesbrough 1-1 Brighton

Upset Brighton fan
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After missing out on automatic promotion today, Brighton are now faced with the prospect of the play-offs.

They'll face Sheffield Wednesday in their semi-final, while Hull will take on Derby.

The final is scheduled for Saturday, 28 May at Wembley.

The final Championship table

Championship table
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Burnley are champions.

Middlesbrough are promoted.

Brighton, Hull, Derby and Sheffield Wednesday will contest the play-offs.

MK Dons, Charlton and Bolton have been relegated.

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Congratulations to Middlesbrough on being promoted to the @premierleague . See you in August on MOTD.

Middlesbrough promoted

FT: Middlesbrough 1-1 Brighton

Meanwhile, back at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough's players and coaching staff are on the field and celebrating promotion.

They've just lifted the runners-up trophy and are about to do their lap of honour.

Riga resigns as Charlton boss

FT: Charlton 0-3 Burnley

Charlton had already relegated back to League One, even before today's 3-0 home defeat by champions Burnley.

Riga was the Addicks' third manager of the campaign, following Guy Luzon and Karel Fraeye.

BreakingRiga resigns as Charlton boss

FT: Charlton 0-3 Burnley

Jose Riga has resigned from his position as Charlton head coach with immediate effect.

Middlesbrough promoted

FT: Middlesbrough 1-1 Brighton

Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson tells BBC Tees: "It's been the longest seven years of our lives out of the Premier League.

"It means so much for the town. We've gone through a lot of hard times and this is our just reward."

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There's plenty of Premier League action taking place today - follow it all live here.

Manchester United defeated Norwich 1-0 in the early kick-off.

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Congrats to #Boro. Glad to see at least one North East team in the Premier League next season! Enjoy your party #bbcfootball

Top manager Karanka, will do well in the @premierleague #bbcfootball

Keep your reaction to Middlesbrough's promotion coming through to us using #bbcfootball on Twitter.

Middlesbrough promoted

FT: Middlesbrough 1-1 Brighton

Neil Maddison

Former Middlesbrough midfielder on BBC Tees

Jamie Vardy - you had a party last week. Let me tell you, we're going to be having a party tonight on Teesside.

Burnley are champions

FT: Charlton 0-3 Burnley

Incredible scenes at the Riverside Stadium, but congratulations must also go to Burnley, who secured the Championship title with a 3-0 victory at already-relegated Charlton.

Goals from Sam Vokes, George Boyd and Championship top scorer Andre Gray made the difference for Sean Dyche's side, who finish the season unbeaten in 23 league games.

Middlesbrough promoted

FT: Middlesbrough 1-1 Brighton

Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes tells BBC Tees: "It's the stuff dreams are made of.

"I thought we deserved the victory today, but it wasn't to be, but we'll enjoy it just as much."

Middlesbrough promoted

FT: Middlesbrough 1-1 Brighton

Matt Newsum

BBC Sport at the Riverside Stadium

Whistle goes. @boro got the job done... @OfficialBHAFC go into play-offs. Thriller. #bbcfootball

Whistle goes. @boro got the job done... @OfficialBHAFC go into play-offs. Thriller. #bbcfootball

Middlesbrough promoted

FT: Middlesbrough 1-1 Brighton

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka tells Sky Sports: "I've been coach for two and a half years. I can't be more proud of this group of players, this crowd and this chairman. It's amazing.

"When I arrived here, some people said I was crazy when I said my aim was to take this club back to the Premier League. Two and a half years later, we are in the Premier League."

Middlesbrough promoted

FT: Middlesbrough 1-1 Brighton

Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing tells Sky Sports: "Middlesbrough never make it easy, but it's incredible.

"The chairman was one of the big reasons why I came back here and he deserves it more than anyone."

Chants of "There's only one Steve Gibson" from the home fans.

Middlesbrough promoted

FT: Middlesbrough 1-1 Brighton

Middlesbrough striker David Nugent tells Sky Sports: "It's a great feeling.

"We've been working all season for this. It's means so much to this club.

"The chairman (Steve Gibson) deserves it because he's worked so hard to get this club back into the Premier League. This one's for the chairman."

'Well done Middlesbrough!'

FT: Middlesbrough 1-1 Brighton

Terry Butcher

Ex-England captain at Riverside Stadium, Radio 5 live sports extra

Cristhian Stuani mobbed
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"There were spectators on the pitch before the referee even blew his final whistle! Now, the Boro players are somewhere under the mass of people. I've seen a Superman on the pitch, as well as a Spider Man...

"It wasn't the best game technically but it was brilliant in terms of passion and tension. It had everything - goals, endings off, incidents. 

"Well done Middlesbrough, you deserve to be back in the Premier League. Wow!"

Pitch invasion as Middlesbrough secure promotion

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Colin George

Reporting from The Riverside Stadium

#Middlesbrough are promoted after one all draw with #Brighton Amazing scenes! #bbcfootball

#Middlesbrough are promoted after one all draw with #Brighton Amazing scenes! #bbcfootball

Unbelievable. Middlesbrough have done it.

The eight minutes of injury time were the tensest time this stadium has ever experienced.

But after 46 games, few would say they haven't deserved to be in the Premier League.

Middlesbrough promoted

FT: Middlesbrough 1-1 Brighton

What a season it's been for Brighton.

Not many expected them to be anywhere near the top two this season, but they finished level on points with second-placed Middlesbrough and only two goals worse off than the Teessiders.

It's going to be Sheffield Wednesday in the play-off semi-finals for the Seagulls.

Middlesbrough promoted

FT: Middlesbrough 1-1 Brighton

Worth noting there was an extremely warm handshake between Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka and Brighton manager Chris Hughton immediately after the full-time whistle.

Middlesbrough promoted

Middlesbrough 1-1 Brighton

After a seven-year exile, Middlesbrough are back in the Premier League.

The home fans invade the pitch at the Riverside Stadium. A top-flight place is theirs.

MIDDLESBROUGH PROMOTED

FT: Middlesbrough 1-1 Brighton

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Middlesbrough 1-1 Brighton

Handbags on the touchline as Middlesbrough's staff prevent Brighton taking a quick throw.

The eight minutes are almost up...

Middlesbrough 1-1 Brighton

Albert Adomah incurs the wrath of the Middlesbrough fans, losing the ball in a central area instead of heading for the corner.

Ninety seconds to play...

Middlesbrough 1-1 Brighton

A glimmer of hope for Brighton is quickly snuffed out as James Wilson loses possession on the right touchline.

Middlesbrough's Adam Clayton sends a long-range shot high and wide at the other end.

Three minutes of stoppage time left to play.