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Summary

  1. Championship play-off semi-final second leg
  2. Forestieri has decisive penalty saved by Ward
  3. Hutchinson and Payne also miss from the spot
  4. Tie finished 1-1 after extra time
  5. Terriers will face Reading at Wembley on 29 May

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By Phil Cartwright

All times stated are UK

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Huddersfield reach Wembley

FT: Sheff Wed 1-1 Huddersfield (3-4 pens)

Danny Ward
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I think Danny Ward and his Huddersfield team-mates were so excited after their penalty shootout win that they could have run all of the way to Wembley this evening.

But they'll have to wait 12 days before they appear at England's national stadium.

On Monday 29 May, it will be Reading v Huddersfield Town in the Championship play-off final.

We'll have live text and Radio 5 live coverage of that match. Before then, there's the climax to the League Two play-off semi-finals tomorrow. Hope you can join us again then.

Still all to play for in League Two

Luton v Blackpool, Exeter v Carlisle (Thursday, 19:45 BST)

Blackpool v Luton Town
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If the two Championship play-off semi-finals have been tight and cagey, down in the fourth tier it's been anything but.

Eleven goals were scored across the two first legs on Sunday, as Blackpool came from behind to edge Luton 3-2 at Bloomfield Road, while Carlisle rescued a 3-3 draw at home to Exeter.

More goals, thrills and spills in round two? Let's hope so. We'll have live text commentary of both second legs on Thursday from 19:15 BST on the BBC Sport website and app.

Huddersfield reach Wembley

FT: Sheff Wed 1-1 Huddersfield (3-4 pens)

David Wagner
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Huddersfield head coach David Wagner tells Sky Sports: "First I must share my thoughts with Sheffield Wednesday. They have had a great season and I can only imagine how sad they are. They are great competitors.

"If you play two games and have to go to penalties, it shows how tight and even the games are.

"Everybody knows how great and difficult this occasion can be, but I'm so proud for our football club and everyone connected with it because Huddersfield Town will be at Wembley on 29 May."

Steel City derby returns next season

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Sheffield Wednesday's play-off exit means we'll have a Sheffield derby in the Championship next season.

Their city rivals, United, cantered to the League One title in 2016-17 and will be back in the second tier for the first time since 2011 next season.

'It's a manager's job to stay humble'

FT: Sheff Wed 1-1 Huddersfield (3-4 pens)

Steve McClaren

Ex-England manager on BBC Radio 5 live

Sheffield Wednesday players
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David Wagner shook every Wednesday player's hand. He's been criticised before about celebrations, so it's good to see.

You could easily lose your head, run away with the crowd, run away with the players.

But it's a manager's duty and job to stay humble and congratulate the opponents, which he has done.

Then he will celebrate and go really wild - so he should do.

Huddersfield reach Wembley

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Huddersfield defender Michael Hefele tells Sky Sports: "The whole team believed, even when we went 1-0 down. There was pressure on my penalty, Jack Payne was unlucky, but Danny Ward saved the next one and we got through."

Huddersfield captain Tommy Smith: "It's an amazing feeling. This team are a special bunch, and it stems back to the backroom staff. It's a special club. It's been an unbelievable season and this is an incredible feeling. Why can't we go on and win at Wembley?"

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Jordan Ramsden: Congratulations to both Huddersfield and Reading. Who would have predicted this final?

Jack Melham: It just wasn't Wednesday's Wednesday.

Fernando Forestieri
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'On balance Huddersfield deserve it'

FT: Sheff Wed 1-1 Huddersfield (3-4 pens)

Ian Woodcock

BBC Sport at Hillsborough

Huddersfield's incredible season goes on.

They finished 19th in the Championship last season and had never reached the Championship play-offs before in their history.

On the balance of the two games, they probably deserve it and they will fancy their chances of making more history against Reading at Wembley.

It's 45 years since Huddersfield were in the top flight. They're one win away from getting back there.

Huddersfield reach Wembley

FT: Sheff Wed 1-1 Huddersfield (3-4 pens)

Ian Woodcock

BBC Sport at Hillsborough

Danny Ward
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Soon after their shootout victory, Town's players were in a huddle in front of their fans with David Wagner holding court in the middle.

He has done a truly remarkable job in West Yorkshire and this season will end at Wembley for them.

Who knows - he may even be facing his old mate Jurgen Klopp in the Premier League next season?

Watch: Huddersfield fans go wild

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It's fair to say the Huddersfield fans watching back at home on a big screen rather enjoyed that second Danny Ward save...

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Huddersfield reach Wembley

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Huddersfield head coach David Wagner spoke to BBC Radio 5 live before tonight's second leg about the prospect of penalties settling the tie.

"You cannot practice at penalties in my opinion," he said. "This is a totally different atmosphere, in a semi-final.

"But we are totally confident. Everyone knows Germans are able to win penalties."

German efficiency from 12 yards shows itself again.

Huddersfield reach Wembley

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Huddersfield goalkeeper Danny Ward tells Sky Sports: "I'm just over the moon. We showed great character to come back from 1-0 down. I'm confident when it comes to penalties. I saved a few and we won."

Huddersfield striker Nahki Wells: "I wanted to be confident and believe I could score. We all took penalties earlier and 90% of us scored. Danny pulled off some wonderful saves for us."

Huddersfield reach Wembley

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Ian Brown

BBC football commentator at Hillsborough

Huddersfield celebrate
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What a story for David Wagner. He chose two of his Germans and they did indeed prevail in the shootout!

BreakingHUDDERSFIELD ARE INTO THE PLAY-OFF FINAL!

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Amazing scenes at Hillsborough. The Huddersfield players race to their supporters.

They're one win away from the Premier League. They'll face Reading at Wembley on 29 May.

Forestieri misses for Wednesday

Pens: Sheff Wed 3-4 Huddersfield

Penalty save
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Fernando Forestieri must score - he hasn't! Danny Ward saves!

Huddersfield are going to Wembley!

Payne misses for Huddersfield

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Oh lordy me, it's saved!...

Hunt scores for Wednesday

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Jack Hunt, the former Huddersfield full-back, finds the net.

But if Jack Payne scores the next one, Town are heading for Wembley.

Mooy scores for Huddersfield

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Aaron Mooy scores. Which means Sheffield Wednesday, with their next penalty, simply must score...

Lee scores for Wednesday

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Not the best contact, but it's in the corner.

Wells scores for Huddersfield

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Huddersfield keep their noses ahead thanks to marksman Nahki Wells.

Bannan scores for Wednesday

Pens: Sheff Wed 1-2 Huddersfield

The pick of the penalties so far. Barry Bannan smashes it low and hard to the goalkeeper's left to get the Owls on the board.

Hefele scores for Huddersfield

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And Michael Hefele rams home that advantage...

Hutchinson misses for Wednesday

Pens: Sheff Wed 0-1 Huddersfield

Advantage Huddersfield. Danny Ward, down to his left, keeps Sam Hutchinson's penalty out.

Lowe scores for Huddersfield

Pens: Sheff Wed 0-1 Huddersfield

Calm as you like, into the corner.

Penalties to follow

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Here we go then.... Huddersfield going first...

Penalties to follow

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Ian Woodcock

BBC Sport at Hillsborough

So to penalties.

Huddersfield's last play-off game ended in a penalty shootout win over a team from Sheffield. The Terriers beat Sheffield United at Wembley in the 2012 play-off final to win promotion to League One.

Town boss David Wagner said his team had prepared for penalties but will that count for anything now the pressure is on? We're about to find out.

Owls fans chant "there's only one Keiren Westwood" and it's likely he or opposite number Danny Ward are about to make themselves a hero here.

Penalties to follow

FT: Sheff Wed 1-1 Huddersfield

Sheffield Wednesday have scored five of their seven penalties in all competitions this season.

Huddersfield have scored three of their five.

It counts for nothing now. Absolutely nothing.

Pats on the back for all of the players, especially the goalkeepers. We're almost ready for penalties.

FULL-TIME: Sheff Wed 1-1 Huddersfield (1-1 agg)

Only 22 miles separate Sheffield and Huddersfield.

Only 12 yards will separate either the Owls or the Terriers from a place at Wembley.

We're going to a penalty shootout.

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Huddersfield get a free-kick 30 yards from goal. Nahki Wells hits the wall.

Two minutes of extra time remaining.

Terriers on top?

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It's fair to say Huddersfield have been the stronger of the two sides since half-time in normal time, but Wednesday have had their moments too in this second leg.

Perhaps penalties - the most unfair way to settle a football match - are the fair way to settle this tie.

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Jordan Rhodes nips in at the near post to get a header towards the Huddersfield goal, but it's just wide.

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Fernando
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Jordan Robinson: The Mrs is going nuts at this. She's a Wednesday fan and has an exam tomorrow! Put her out of her misery, Huddersfield.

Jamie Russell: I have no fingernails left. Come on Wednesday!

Deli Man: No nails left. Just toss a coin to send one of these to represent Yorkshire at Wembley. Missus mustn't read this.

Sheff Wed 1-1 Huddersfield

Eight minutes of extra time to play.

Hillsborough is almost silent at times, its inhabitants gripped by the tension.

Sheff Wed 1-1 Huddersfield

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Wow. I thought Nahki Wells had scored for a moment. So did the Huddersfield fans, and their disappointment is audible when they realise his shot was into the side-netting, rather than into the corner of the net.

'Wednesday are back on top'

Sheff Wed 1-1 Huddersfield

Ian Woodcock

BBC Sport at Hillsborough

Two crucial last-ditch interventions from Huddersfield's rearguard mean we go into the last 15 minutes level.

Wednesday are back on top of this but it's starting to look like we could be heading for penalties.

Sheffield Wednesday are taking off Daniel Pudil, a full-back, and bringing on striker Atdhe Nuhiu.

Sheff Wed 1-1 Huddersfield

Steve McClaren

Ex-England manager on BBC Radio 5 live

Huddersfield were in the ascendancy and Wednesday had to survive that spell. They did survive that period without a goal.

David Wagner will have known, when you're on top you have to score.

Since then, Wednesday have come back into it and should have scored.

Into the second period of extra time now, with the prospect of penalties edging ever closer.

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Former Owls goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has made his prediction. If he's right, it will see Jordan Rhodes - who has gone close twice in extra time - grab only his fourth goal of the season.

Who do you think will go through? Get involved using #bbcefl on social media.

HALF-TIME

Sheff Wed 1-1 Huddersfield

And that's half-time in extra time.

Michael Hefele's block from Owls forward Fernando Forestieri was a crucial one, keeping the score level with 15 minutes of extra time to play.

Wednesday are growing in confidence, but don't write off Huddersfield.

SUBSTITUTION

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Huddersfield make their final change.

Rajiv van La Parra is off and Tareiq Holmes-Dennis, another left-sided player, comes on for the final 15 minutes of extra time.

Huddersfield survive another Wednesday attack, with Michael Hefele making an excellent block near his own line. One minute to add on.

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Wednesday getting closer - now a top save from Danny Ward!

It's Jordan Rhodes again for the hosts, picking up the pieces in the box after Sam Hutchinson had won the ball back superbly in midfield for the Owls.

Goalkeeper Ward gets down low to keep out Rhodes' snapshot.