Brentford will play in the top flight for the time in 74 years after beating Swansea City 2-0 in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.
Thomas Frank’s side, who lost to Fulham in last year’s final, made a spectacular start to ensure there would be no repeat of that traumatic defeat. Ivan Toney and Emiliano Marcondes scored inside the first 20 minutes and any Swansea hopes of a comeback disappeared when Jay Fulton was sent off in the second half.
The blistering speed of Bryan Mbuemo led to both goals. He was brought down by the Swansea keeper Freddie Woodman in the 10th minute, with Toney sidefooting a nerveless penalty into the corner. It was his 33rd goal of a glorious season.
Mbuemo then started an exhilarating counter-attack before finding Mads Roerslev in the area. He calmly picked out the onrushing Emiliano, who slammed a first-time shot past Woodman from 12 yardas.
Toney almost made it 3-0 moments later when his spectacular dipping volley hit the underside of the crossbar. Swansea started to dominate possession after that but created few clear chances; the closest they came was just before half-time, when André Ayew’s header looped onto the top of the crossbar.
A difficult task became almost impossible in the 65th minute when Fulton was given a straight red card for stamping on Mathias Jensen’s achilles. Replays suggested the challenge was at least partly accidental, but VAR is not being used in the play-offs.
Brentford’s victory means they will become the 50th team to play in the Liga Premier since its inception in 1992. And it ends one of football’s more infamous hoodoos: at the 10th attempt, Brentford have finally been promoted via the play-offs.