Brentford beat Swansea, reach Championship playoff final

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Brentford beat Swansea City 3-1 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate in the EFL Championship playoff semifinals as they said farewell to their 116-year home at Griffin Park in style.

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The west London club are hoping to return to the top-flight for the first time in 73 years, as Thomas Frank’s side have never been in the Premier League and were last in the top-flight in 1947. They are hoping their brand new stadium, located less than half-a-mile away from Griffin Park, will be home to Premier League action in its first season.

Next Tuesday (August 4) Brentford will play either Fulham or Cardiff City (Fulham lead 2-0 from the first leg) at Wembley Stadium for a place in the Premier League. The Bees are 90 minutes from the Premier League.

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg at Swansea, Brentford came flying out of the traps and Ollie Watkins gave them the perfect start as a wonderful pass from Mathias Jensen cut open the Swansea defense and Watkins scored his 26th goal of the season.

Emiliano Marcondes then flicked home a superb header from Said Benrahma’s cross to make it 2-0 and just like that Brentford were ahead.

Swansea were still in the game as Conor Gallagher was played in down the left and denied by a great save from David Raya, who then launched a fine counter attack which saw Benrahma hit the inside of the post. Benrahma went close again soon after as the entertaining clash was end-to-end as both teams went all-out attack.

Within seconds of the second half kicking off Rico Henry whipped in a lovely cross and Bryan Mbeumo fired home acrobatically to make it 3-0.

Swansea pushed hard to get back in the game as Connor Roberts cut inside and fired at goal but Raya made a fine stop. Pontus Jansson then made a big mistake as Rhian Brewster lobbed home to make it 3-1 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate with just over under 15 minutes to go.

Benrahma then clipped the top of the crossbar and bent another just over as Swansea poured forward late on as they needed one more goal to take it to extra time but couldn’t create a final chance as Brentford, who finished third in the Championship and just missed out an automatic promotion, are one win away from the promised land.