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Charlton Athletic Beats Sunderland in League One Play-off Final

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Charlton Athletic scored with virtually the last kick of the game as they recovered from conceding an extraordinary early own goal to beat Sunderland in the League One play-off final at Wembley.

Addicks defender Patrick Bauer had an initial header blocked from a cross, but was on hand to scramble home the rebound to take them up to the Championship after three years in the third tier.

Early on, Charlton centre-back Naby Sarr’s powerful backpass was completely missed by goalkeeper Dillon Phillips, who watched the ball roll into his net as he chased back in vain.

But Lee Bowyer’s side got a foothold in the game and levelled when Lyle Taylor put in a low cross for Ben Purrington tap in at the back post, before Bauer’s match-winning intervention in the 94th minute.

Defeats means Sunderland, relegated in each of the past two seasons, are resigned to a second year in League One after a second Wembley final defeat in the space of 56 days.

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