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  1. Substitute Chris Maguire's volley gives Sunderland victory in first leg
  2. Sunderland's Alim Ozturk sent off for bringing down Gareth Evans
  3. Sunderland's Aiden McGeady pulls out injured before kick-off
  4. Second leg at Fratton Park on Thursday (19:45 BST)
  5. Winner will face Charlton or Doncaster in final at Wembley
  6. Get involved at #bbcefl

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By Adam Williams

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thank you and good night

    Maguire goal

    And after those words from matchwinner Chris Maguire, we'll leave you with this picture of his stunning volley.

    That's what separates these two sides going into Thursday night's second leg at Fratton Park.

    We'll of course have full live coverage of that game and all the other remaining play-off fixtures here on BBC Sport throughout the coming days and weeks.

    Until next time, thanks for being with us.

  2. 'A step in the right direction'

    FT: Sunderland 1-0 Portsmouth

    Chris Maguire celebrates
    Quote Message: I was disappointed not to start but that's the depth we've got in the squad. Everyone has to take their turn and I knew that when I got my chance I would try to take it, and I've done that. We're halfway there, we know what we've got to do but this is a step in the right direction. from Chris Maguire Sunderland matchwinner on Sky Sports
    Chris MaguireSunderland matchwinner on Sky Sports
  3. Read all about it

    FT: Sunderland 1-0 Portsmouth

    Here's the early take on that first leg from the Stadium of Light.

    Chris Maguire the super sub for Sunderland, but could they have put the tie out of Portsmouth's sight?

    Sunderland's 10 men hold on to beat Pompey

    Sunderland celebrate

    Chris Maguire's stunning volley hands Sunderland the initiative after the first leg of their League One play-off semi-final against Portsmouth.

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  4. Still to come this weekend

    Donny v Addicks

    The play-off juggernaut shows no sign of slowing up this weekend as we're back with more action on Sunday.

    Two more ties taking place, including the first leg of the other League One semi-final between Doncaster Rovers and Charlton Athletic from midday.

    Then in the early evening, we're back in League Two action as Mansfield Town and Newport County resume battle for the second leg of their semi-final with the scores locked at 1-1 from Thursday's first leg.

    We'll have all the build-up from 18:00 BST.

  5. Post update

    FT: Sunderland 1-0 Portsmouth

    Alan McLoughlin

    Former Portsmouth midfielder on BBC Radio Solent

    A pretty flat performance for me tonight.

    I've seen Pompey play with much more freedom and purpose than that this season, but there's still a lot to play for.

    It's only half-time. At Wembley, Sunderland were far the better team in that Checkatrade Final after 45 minutes but Portsmouth came back with an answer.

    Will it be more of the same on Thursday?


    Sunderland 1-0 Portsmouth

    Chris Maguire scores

    That's your lot for this first leg.

    Sunderland take the 1-0 advantage to Fratton Park on Thursday.

    This was far from a classic, but I'm not sure Sunderland fans will care too much.

  7. Post update

    Sunderland 1-0 Portsmouth

    A tame end to this first leg really.

    Expected more from Portsmouth after Ozturk was sent off for Sunderland.

    How significant will Pompey's lack of cutting edge prove come the end of the second leg on Thursday?

  8. Post update

    Sunderland 1-0 Portsmouth

    Time ticking away for Portsmouth to find the leveller.

    Sunderland looking to keep them well clear of goal and clear to touch and keep it simple.


    Sunderland 1-0 Portsmouth

    Sunderland celebrate

    Sunderland have done very well to frustrate Portsmouth here after going down to 10 men.

    There's been hardly any chance for the visitors to get things going and they've also given away needless free-kicks.

    Five minutes to be added on.

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    Kyle: This would be a massive win for Sunderland but these two sides are so evenly matched it wouldn't surprise me if this tie went to extra-time or penalties after the second leg, especially as away goals don't count in the play-offs.

  11. Post update

    Sunderland 1-0 Portsmouth

    Sunderland goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin punches a Gareth Evans corner clear and then is there in time before the return ball can find Christian Burgess on the stretch.

    Again, a lack of quality in the final third letting Portsmouth down.

  12. Post update

    Sunderland 1-0 Portsmouth

    It's all gone strangely sedate again, very much like the first half.

    Sunderland happy to invite Portsmouth on to them and hold a shape which sees the visitors have to go long.

  13. Post update

    Sunderland 1-0 Portsmouth

    Closing stages now of this first leg and Portsmouth continue to look to hit Sunderland on the break.

    Minutes ticking away, but as I said, how much do they want to bust a gut to find a leveller and potentially leave themselves isolated at the back and vulnerable to a second goal?


    Sunderland 1-0 Portsmouth

    Close again for Sunderland and Chris Maguire.

    A shot from the Scotsman as he drives forward hits the outside of the base of the left post.

    A real daisy-cutter there which may well have still been covered by Craig MacGillivray stretching to his right.

    His goal remains the difference between the two sides.

    Chris Maguire celebrates
  15. Post update

    Sunderland 1-0 Portsmouth

    Slight dip in the rhythm again of this one as Sunderland seem happy to let it break up a bit now they're a man light.

    Will Portsmouth be bold or try and hold the tie at just 1-0 going into Thursday's second leg?

  16. Post update

    Sunderland 1-0 Portsmouth

    Where was all this intensity for the first 60 minutes?

    It's gone up a level on the pitch and in the crowd too as Bryan Oviedo nearly breaks clear for Sunderland after pressure by Chris Maguire.

  17. Post update

    Sunderland 1-0 Portsmouth

    Portsmouth close again!

    Corner from the right from Evans bundles around the Sunderland box and finally breaks to Omar Bogle, but Sunderland have players back in the goalmouth to clear.

    Following corner nearly falls to Matt Clarke to nod in. Breathless all of a sudden.


    Sunderland 1-0 Portsmouth

    Portsmouth players

    So close to an equaliser for Portsmouth from the free-kick that followed that red card.

    His right-foot strike rattles the crossbar!


    Sunderland 1-0 Portsmouth

    Double change for Portsmouth in response to going behind, which was planned even before that Ozturk red card.

    Viv Solomon-Otabor and Omar Bogle on for Ollie Hawkins and Ronan Curtis.

    Sunderland bring on James Dunne for Lynden Gooch as they reorganise.

  20. RED CARD (Ozturk, Sunderland)

    Sunderland 1-0 Portsmouth

    Alim Ozturk sent off

    Well now!

    How will this change things?

    Portsmouth launched a counter through Matt Clarke and Gareth Evans and as Evans tried to run on to the ball in the area, Alim Ozturk lunged in and brought him down just outside the box.

    Andy Woolmer reaches straight to his pocket and sends the defender off.

    Sunderland now down to 10 men.