Huddersfield see off Wednesday in semi-final penalty shoot-out
- Author: Leroy Wright May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 15:26
It's after a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Sheffield Wednesday sent them to Wembley.
The match ended 1-1 at the end of extra-time.
Chasing a return to the top-flight after a 45-year absence, Huddersfield will face Reading at Wembley on May 29 with a lucrative place in the Premier League up for grabs.
Steven Fletcher opened the scoring in the 51st minute for Wednesday, but on own goal by Tom Lees 20 minutes later put Huddersfield back on level terms. Wednesday's Sam Hutchison missed the team's very first attempt, and the dream was over.
Reading, which beat Fulham in the other semifinal and is managed by former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam, hasn't been in the Premier League since the 2012-13 season.
"We knew today was going to be tough, we knew the onslaught was going to be massive from them because they are at home but, over the two legs, we edged it".
Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday): The Scottish winger was a class apart with his pace and accurate crosses.
And it was Reach who created the first decent chance of the game, hitting a snapshot volley repelled well by Danny Ward, back from suspension after missing the stalemate first leg. Rajiv's excellent vision to pick out Nahki Wells down the same line resulted in the Bermudian turning out a low cross for a barnstorming Izzy Brown.
A finely-balanced tie could have shifted in favour of the visitors dramatically on 38 minutes when Wells went to ground after contract from keeper Keiren Westwood as they competed for Tommy Smith's cross but referee Andre Marriner rejected the penalty appeals without hesitation.
Elias Kachunga blazed high and wide eight minutes later and Wagner replaced the German with his compatriot Quaner in the 71st minute, with an immediate positive effect.
"Yet again, that man Quaner showed a beautifully silky touch and piece of skill to take the ball past Glenn Loovens before crossing for Wells".
It was Wednesday's Fernando Forestieri who sealed Huddersfield's place in the final when he missed the decisive spot-kick, much to the dismay of the home crowd.
In extra-time, Jordan Rhodes drove a shot straight at Ward and Chris Schindler's crucial block denied Forestieri.