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Summary

  1. Conor Hourihane drilled in Villa's equaliser from 25 yards, Tammy Abraham penalty completed turnaround
  2. Dwight Gayle pounced on Glenn Whelan's first-half error to put West Brom ahead
  3. Albion striker Gayle sent off for two yellow cards and will miss Tuesday's second leg
  4. West Brom (4th) finished four points above Aston Villa (5th)
  5. Semi-final winner will face Leeds or Derby at Wembley on 27 May

Live Reporting

By Tom Garry

All times stated are UK

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  1. Advantage Aston Villa

    First-leg result: Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

    Thanks for joining me this afternoon. Villa and West Brom will go again at The Hawthorns on Tuesday then, but with Villa a goal up and the Baggies without their top scorer Dwight Gayle.

    Dean Smith's side turned things around in the final 15 minutes of today's first leg.

    We'll see you later for tonight's two remaining play-off ties, which should both be crackers. Until then, cheers.

  2. Get Involved

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    Kerohawk: Emotionally drained but what a great result to take in to Tuesday! Gayle’s red feels almost as important to Villa as the goals in my opinion! UTV!!

    Johnny Magrinho: That's two Fantasy assists for Grealish in a huge game. If Villa go up he'll be the first name in my team that's for sure. Pretty sure there's a lot of other people out there thinking the same thing though - he's a quality, quality player.

  3. Still to come...

    Derby v Leeds (17:15 BST)

    Frank Lampard and Marcelo Bielsa

    If you enjoyed that first Championship play-off semi-final first leg, make sure you join us again later as Derby host Leeds in the other.

    That one should be pretty tasty too, plus there's Sunderland v Portsmouth to follow in League One afterwards.

  4. Post update

    First-leg result: Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

    Tony Brown

    Former West Brom striker on BBC WM 95.6

    Dwight Gayle's red card reduces their chances dramatically. He is the man for Albion, especially at home. They'll be without him now and it's going to be a massive ask.

  5. Post update

    First-leg result: Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

    Looking ahead to Tuesday's second leg, Conor Hourihane adds:

    "We won't be going there for a draw. We'll go in to it like any other game, trying to win it."

  6. Hourihane hails Grealish display

    First-leg result: Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

    Speaking about Jack Grealish, Villa goalscorer Conor Hourihane tells Sky Sports:

    "Jack's the best player in the league in my opinion. He's got so much quality. He's probably too good for the league."

  7. Post update

    First-leg result: Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

    Garry Thompson

    Ex-Aston Villa & West Brom striker on BBC WM 95.6

    I don't think it was a great Villa performance, Albion's game plan for 60 minutes worked perfectly.

    All of a sudden, Conor Hourihane scores a great goal and Tammy Abraham did exactly what was needed from him.

  8. Reaction - Grealish on 'good win'

    First-leg result: Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

    Villa midfielder Jack Grealish tells Sky Sports: "Every time I come on the pitch, I look at the players around me and I think we're going to win.

    "It's a good win. But West Brom are a great side and we know it's going to be a hostile atmosphere at The Hawthorns on Tuesday.

    "[This] is a Premier League club. We had the pain last year. Hopefully we can go one step further and go to the Premier League."

  9. Post update

    First-leg result: Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

    It was a cracking game, overall. All the physicality that you'd expect from a local derby, with flashes of quality that you'd expect from two top-six sides.

  10. FULL-TIME

    Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

    Tammy Abraham

    It's advantage Aston Villa. If they avoid defeat at The Hawthorns on Tuesday, they'll be into the Championship play-off final at Wembley on 27 May.

  11. CLOSE!

    Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

    Great feet from Tammy Abraham and then good skill from Jack Grealish present Andre Green with a chance in the area, but he fires just wide.

    Villa keep pressing.

  12. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

    This is the 170th meeting between these two teams in all competitions. Villa won 77 of the previous 169, with the Baggies enjoying 55 victories.

    The hosts are around two minutes away from getting their 78th, and surely one of their most important.

  13. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

    After good hold-up play from Villa striker Tammy Abraham, Conor Hourihane has another left-footed shot from the edge of the box, but this one is blocked.

  14. SUBSTITUTION (Aston Villa)

    Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

    Jonathan Kodjia replaces Anwar El Ghazi for stoppage time in this first leg.

  15. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

    Villa pair Tyrone Mings and Anwar El Ghazi are both being treated for knocks, as seven minutes of added time are signalled. Yes, SEVEN.

    Villa in the driving seat now.

    Villa celebrate
  16. Baggies striker Gayle sent off

    Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

    Tony Brown

    Former West Brom striker on BBC WM 95.6

    That is a stupid sending-off for me. That could kill Albion off because they'll be without him in the second leg and they're not half the side without him.

  17. RED CARD (second yellow, Dwight Gayle)

    Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

    This could be massive. Dwight Gayle is off and he'll miss the second leg, while West Brom are already without suspended forward Hal Robson-Kanu.

    Gayle - who has been living dangerously in this second half - is shown a second yellow for sliding in late on Villa keeper Jed Steer as he tried to get on the end of a cross.

  18. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

    Those two quick goals from Villa have turned this first leg on it's head.

    Tammy Abraham's 26th of the season could yet prove to be his biggest goal for Villa.

    But West Brom won't be too disheartened by a one-goal away defeat if it stays like this, with 90 minutes to come at The Hawthorns. It's still on a knife edge.

  19. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

    Ged Scott

    BBC Sport at Villa Park

    Why anyone should be surprised that this game might have a dramatic sting in the tale is beyond me!

    But, even by the standards of this crazy Championship season, there have not been many more dramatic three minutes' worth of action than that.

    Conor Hourihane's stunning strike, followed so quickly by Tammy Abraham's commendable coolness from the spot, under the added pressure of the home fans chanting his name as he stepped up to take it.

    Is there still more to come though?

    Tammy Abraham
  20. SUBSTITUTION (West Brom)

    Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

    Stefan Johansen can't continue as he has a knock, so on comes James Morrison in the West Brom midfield.