Aston Villa - Middlesbrough

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FT | This one is enough to send Aston Villa through to the Championship playoff final as they beat Middlesbrough 1-0 on aggregate to set up a Wembley showdown with Fulham on May 26. There was controversy at the end when Johnstone was shown a yellow rather than a red for a handball outside the box, with Downing rattling the crossbar from the resulting free kick, but in the end Villa deserved to go through to the richest match in football.

'89 | OFF THE CROSSBAR | Downing is standing over the resulting free kick and curls a beauty towards goal with Johnstone cannot react to before it flashes past him. However, he is saved by the crossbar as the ball crashes back off the woodwork!

'83 | Adomah feeds the ball into the path of Hourihane on the edge of the box, but his effort is tame again and Randolph collects it comfortably.

'77 | Almost a stunner from Grealish which would have surely been enough to send Villa into the final. Grealish skips away from his marker before curling a superb effort towards the top corner from range, but Randolph is at full stretch to make a flying stop.

'72 | Adomah is the next to go for goal from range, and his effort takes a deflection on its way over the top, with Randolph rooted to the spot.

'70 | Grabban tries his luck from distance after being allowed the space to go for goal, and Randolph needs to tip the powerful drive over the crossbar.

'61 | Big chance for Villa as they finally produce a moment of quality - the first real one we have seen in the game tonight! It is a sweeping team move from the hosts as Grealish slides the ball through for Adomah, who in turn plays a low ball into the box. Grabban gets in front of his man and pokes the ball towards goal from close range, but it is straight at Randolph, who makes the save.

'53 | This is as close as Middlesbrough have come tonight as Besic finds space around 25 yards from goal before moving forward and dragging his low effort a couple of yards wide of the far post.

'46 | We are back underway in the second half!

HT | The first half comes to an end at Villa Park, and it is a fiercely-contested match so far between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough.It remains goalless, though, which means that Villa are still ahead on aggregate. The better chances have fallen the way of Boro, but it is hard to say that either team has been on top in a match which has been whole hearted from both teams.

'39 | Decent chance for the hosts at the other end as Middlesbrough fail to clear their lines from a corner. Grabban nods a smart header into the path of Chester, who takes a touch but then drags his effort wide of the target.

'34 | Brilliant defending from Friend as he makes a perfectly-timed last-ditch challenge to deny what looked like a certain goal for Hourihane as he arrived to meet a low pass into the box!

'25 | We're midway through the first half now and it has been a hard-fought but scrappy affair for the most part so far. Villa still lead 1-0 on aggregate, and sooner or later Boro will need to throw caution to the wind.

'19 | First chance of the game! Again Grealish pokes the ball through to Adomah, who this time cuts inside onto his right foot. The winger is looking for a shot himself, but it never opens up and in the end he just nudges the ball to Hourihane, whose tame effort is easy for the keeper.

'15 | Good football from Villa again as Grealish plays the ball through for Adomah, who suddenly has green grass to run into. The winger looks to pick out Grabban in the middle, but his cross takes a deflection on its way into the arms of Randolph.

'7 | Good football from Villa as they make their first real break forward, with Adomah back-heeling the ball into the path of Grabban. Grabban goes for goal from a difficult angle, but his effort is blocked.

KICK OFF | We're off! 

XI Aston Villa | Johnstone; Bree, Terry, Chester, Hutton; Hourihane, Jedinak, Grealish; Snodgrass, Grabban, Adomah.

XI Middlesbrough | Randolph; Shotton, Fry, Gibson, Friend; Clayton; Downing, Howson, Besic, Adama; Assombalonga.