Boro in top flight after Brighton draw, Burnley lift Championship

first_imgMiddlesbrough are back in the Premier League after a 1-1 draw with 10-man Brighton & Hove Albion in their lucrative, winner-takes-all promotion clash on Saturday while Burnley sealed the Championship title with a 3-0 victory at Charlton Athletic.Middlesbrough needed just one point and Brighton three in the last game of the season to secure automatic promotion to the top flight in a game estimated to be worth £170m to the side that came out on top.The home side prevailed at an ecstatic Riverside Stadium despite Christhian Stuani’s 19th-minute goal being answered by Dale Stephens’ second-half header for the Seagulls.Yet Stephens went from hero to villain within three minutes, being then shown a straight red card for a late studs-up challenge which left Gaston Ramirez having to be taken off on a stretcher with what looked a serious leg injury.The draw left both sides on 89 points but Aitor Karanka’s Boro will be back in the Premier League for the first time in seven years thanks to a superior goal difference by a mere two goals.Brighton will now have to take their chances in the playoffs with Hull City, Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday.Meanwhile, already-promoted Burnley wrapped up the Championship title with 93 points, four clear of their pursuers, thanks to a handsome win at Charlton secured through goals from Sam Vokes, George Boyd and Andre Gray.last_img

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