A fully deserved victory for Brentford, who return to the top-flight for the first time in 74 years. Ivan Toney's penalty and Emiliano Marcondes' strike the difference between the sides on the day.
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- 1st Half
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Brentford - Swansea City
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FULL TIME: BRENTFORD ARE PROMOTED TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE!
A clever Swansea attack opens up the Brentford defence but Cabango contrives to miss the target from point-blank range from an angle. The offside flag is raised to spare his blushes.
Brentford sub: Marcondes hugs a couple of team mates and his manager as is replaced by Mads Bistrup for the last few minutes.
SIX minutes of added-time to play. There's still a glimmer of hope for Swansea.
Over! Reid makes a brave clearing header from Swansea's free-kick delivery, the loose ball drops to Dhanda who fires harmlessly over the bar. That sums up the Swans' day.
Raya is off his line to pluck Manning's free-kick delivery out of the air and he goes down to waste a few more seconds. Brentford are just moments away now from the Premier League.
Swansea sub: Bidwell makes way for Ryan Manning as Cooper goes for broke.
Jensen rolls the ball to Toney, who has the opportunity to bag his brace but takes too long to get his shot away and the effort is blocked by Bidwell at the expense of another Brentford corner.
Brentford sub: Moments after going down with cramp, Jansson is replaced by Winston Reid.
Jansson is well positioned to head clear a cross from the left as Brentford edge closer to the Promised Land. Just over 10 minutes remaining now.
Double Brentford sub: Marcus Forss and Saman Ghoddos come on for Janelt and the impressive Canos.
Over! There are a number of players over the ball, but Marcondes wins the argument to take the Brentford free-kick. He lifts it over the wall but it's not dipping enough to test Woodman as it sails over.
Free-kick to Brentford! A chance to seal the game as Guehi fouls Toney in a dangerous area, 25 yards out.
Swansea fans, look away...
Yellow card! Janelt goes into the book for an obvious foul on Roberts.
You have to feel for Swansea boss Cooper. Having made a double change, he now has to readjust his system following Fulton's dismissal - and at a time in the game when Swansea were completely on top.
- Red cardJay FultonSwansea City
Red card! Their day goes from bad to worse as Swansea's Fulton is shown a straight red for a clumsy and reckless challenge from behind on Jensen. After a spell of pressure, the midfielder committed the foul in an attempt to retrieve possession just outside the Brentford penalty area.
Swansea sub: Hourihane isn't happy to be taken off as he makes his feelings clear with a shake of the head when his number comes up. He's replaced by Yan Dhanda.
Brentford corner. Mbeumo's cross floats through a crowd of bodies, it falls to Pinnock whose volley smashes into his own team mate in Jansson!
Swansea sub: Cooper makes an attacking switch as Liam Cullen comes on for Naughton, a move which will prompt a chance in tactics.
Close! Naughton rolls a cross to Lowe at the near post, he swivels and finds the shot to get his shot away but from a tight angle he can't find the bottom corner he is searching for. Another Swansea chance goes begging.
A first sight of goal for Brentford since the restart. Canos centres it for Mbeumo but his first-time shot is well over.
Swansea win a free-kick, but Hourihane's delivery is sent over the top of the bar. More frustration!
Hourihane is fuming with Marcondes' reaction and clearly feels the Brentford man is simply wasting time.
There is concern for Marcondes and he requires treatment after being caught by Hourihane's elbow in the face.
Ayew drops deep to compete for a ball in midfield but is understandably frustrated when the referee signals for a Brentford foul. It hasn't been his day so far - but plenty of time for that to change.
Over! Swansea's tails are up now and suddenly it looks like we have a game on our hands, as Lowe carves in from the left but shoots well over from 25 yards.
Swansea chance! Oh my, Ayew should score! The Brentford defence is sleeping as Roberts is afforded the space to deliver a teasing ball across the face of goal, but Ayew fails to capitalise, heading wide from point-blank range.
Kick-off! Brentford get the second half started. A huge 45 minutes lie ahead in the club's history.
Half-time: It's Brentford 2-0 Swansea and the Bees are good value for their comfortable lead. They're just 45 minutes from a Premier League place if they can hold their nerve.
Over! Hourihane's free-kick delivery has plenty of pace and makes life difficult for Raya. Ayew climbs highest but can't keep his header down. There will be TWO minutes of added-time to play at the end of the first half.
Swansea applying the pressure as we edge closer to half-time and if they could grab a goal it would make things very interesting. They win a cheap free-kick on the right after Canos stands on the toes of Roberts.
Guehi gives the ball away while trying to play out of defence but Brentford can't capitalise, with Mbeumo swivelling but failing to connect with his shot and it trickles harmlessly into the arms of Woodman.
Janelt's powerful shot clearly hits the hand of a Swansea hand but the referee had already signalled for a foul on Naughton.
Toney's flicked-on header releases Mbeumo on the left flank, his cross is dangerous but Guehi's timely touch takes it behind for a Brentford corner.
Fulton finds a pocket of space to run into and fire a shot from 30 yards, but Pinnock is in the way to make the block.
It was so, so close!
The tension is palpable as the referee Chris Kavanagh has a word with players from both sides as Swansea win another corner. When the cross is finally delivered Raya takes control of the situation by plucking the ball out of the sky.
This is Swansea's best spell of the game and their loyal fans let out a huge roar as Fulton wins the corner.
It hasn't been Swansea's day so far but they win a free-kick on the right. Roberts delivers but the most-impressive Toney is back to fulfil his defensive duties with a clearing header.
Canos has been in the wars already today and he wins Brentford another free-kick, drawing the foul from Naughton this time.
Remarkably, Swansea have had more of the ball but there's been no end product. Brentford are not letting up despite their two-goal lead and had Toney's effort been a couple of inches lower a few minutes ago the game would already have been put to bed.
It's rare to see a Championship play-off just this open...
Brentford hit the crossbar! Toney takes fire from 30 yards with a spectacular volley, Woodman is beaten, but the ball strikes the underside of the crossbar and somehow stays out!
- GoalEmiliano MarcondesBrentford
GOAL! Brentford 2-0 Swansea (Emiliano Marcondes): It's a long way back for Swansea now! The Bees sting the Swans on the counter-attack and now Cooper's men are in real trouble. There's a scramble inside the Brentford penalty area following a free-kick, Jensen's clearance picks out Mbeumo on the left and he rolls it Roerslev. He looks up and picks out Marcondes, who finishes with the side of the foot.
Swansea are struggling to cope with the directness of Canos in midfield. He is afforded too much space once more as he races down the left before curling a teasing ball into the box - but there's no one there in red and white to contest the delivery and Woodman collects with ease.
Have a look at Brentford's opener...
Fulton escapes a yellow card for a foul on Janelt. Swansea boss Cooper has his work cut out - his team is rattled.
Here come Brentford again, full of confidence and targeting a second, as Canos wins a free-kick on the left. The ball is sent into the mixer but Swansea cope this time.
Swansea had been set up to contain Brentford but their defenders were guilty of ball-watching as Mbeumo latched onto Canos' beautifully-weighted through-ball before Woodman had a moment of madness and brought the forward down. Their gameplan is out the window now.
GOAL! Brentford 1-0 Swansea (Ivan Toney, pen): No mistake from the Championship's top goalscorer who sticks the ball right in the corner to leave Woodman with no hope. Brentford are ahead!
Penalty to Brentford! Mbeumo gets in between Swansea's centre backs to latch onto a delicious through-ball from Canos but he's taken out by the onrushing goalkeeper Woodman and the referee has no choice other than to point to the spot.
Just had another look at the replay and Grimes is a lucky boy to remain on the pitch after that challenge on Canos. It was reckless.
Flashpoint! Swansea midfielder Grimes is booked for a late and rather dangerous foul on Canos and he's fortunate just to be shown a yellow card as it could easily have been red.
A first sight of goal from Brentford as Naughton can only head his clearance from Dalsgaard's cross into the path of Marcondes, but his shot is sent high into the stands.
Brentford forward Mbeumo looks to pull away from Guehi as the ball is delivered into the box but he goes down inside the Swansea penalty area. No real appeal from Brentford as the referee allows play to continue.
A first involvement from Toney, who climbs highest to head on Jensen's long ball from defence. But it falls to a Swansea defender.
- 1st Half
Kick-off! The referee Chris Kavanagh signals for the match to get underway and it's Swansea in their away kit who get the ball moving at Wembley.
The atmosphere is absolutely rocking. It certainly feels like there are many more than just 12,000 here. It's time for the National Anthems.
The supporters are in their seats, the warm-ups and team talks are complete, and we are now just FIVE minutes until kick-off. It's Brentford versus Swansea City in the Championship play-off final. It's LIVE and it's NEXT!
There are 12,000 lucky fans at Wembley today and it's a gorgeous day in London. It certainly feels like normality is getting closer.
Can they end the curse today?
Key stat: Both Championship meetings between Brentford and Swansea City this season ended 1-1, with the Bees taking the lead in both games. The Swans were the only side the Bees dropped as many as four points from winning positions against in the regular league campaign.
Swansea were beaten in last season's play-offs by none other than Brentford, so revenge will surely be on their minds. Cooper, who was appointed boss in 2019, is hoping to mastermind the victory that would end their three-year spell in the second tier. "It would mean everything," said Cooper. "We've got to this last game of the season and given ourselves a 50-50 chance of winning. It's something we've got to really go for. It would mean everything to the city and everything to the club, and everyone's aware of that."
Brentford boss Frank believes last season's defeat to Fulham will work in his side's favour. "I think it is a plus - how big a plus you don't really know," he said. "That experience from being there last year will help in a way, but it is not like we are suddenly 20% better. It might help in the decisive moments."
Brentford return to Wembley just nine months after losing to Fulham in last season's play-off final. In fact, the Bees have suffered heartache in their last nine play-off campaigns. However, a convincing display in the semi-final against Bournemouth has raised hopes that the west London club could finally end their 74-year absence from the top flight today.
Wayne Routledge - who suffered an ACL injury against Barnsley - is replaced by Connor Roberts in the only change Swansea boss Steve Cooper makes to his side. Andre Ayew is the side's danger man.
Brentford seem to be lining up in a 3-4-1-2 formation, with the division's top goalscorer Ivan Toney leading the attack. Thomas Frank keeps faith in the same side that defeated Bournemouth 3-1 in the semi-final second leg.
TEAM NEWS - Brentford XI: Raya, Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock, Roerslev, Jensen, Janelt, Canos, Marcondes, Toney, Mbeumo.. subs: Daniels, Goode, Norgaard, Forss, Ghoddos, Reid, Fosu, Stevens, Bidstrup /// Swansea XI: Woodman, Naughton, Cabango, Guehi, Bidwell, Fulton, Grimes, Hourihane, Ayew, Roberts, Lowe.. subs: Hamer, Bennett, Latibeaudiere, Freeman, Manning, Smith, Dhanda, Whittaker, Cullen
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