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Brentford FC won promotion to the Premier League for the first time

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Brentford reached the Premier League for the first time, defeating Swansea 2-0 in the playoff finals at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

The West London club scored two early goals and continued against 10-member Swansea to join Norwich and Watford for promotion to the Premier League next season. Brentford has not played in the best flight since 1947.

Championship record holder Ivan Tony calmly scored a penalty in the 10th minute after Swansea goalkeeper Freddie Woodman knocked down Brian Mbeumo in the penalty area.

The former Newcastle striker did not miss a place this season – 11 for 11 – and ended the campaign with 33 goals.

Mbeumo then led a counterattack 10 minutes later, making a long run and passing to the left to Mads Ryorslev Rasmussen, who set the ball for Emiliano Marcondes’ one-time timer past Woodman in the bottom right corner of the net.

Swansea’s goal scorer Andre Ayu threatened just after the break, but sent a header from close range.

The Swans’ fate was almost sealed in ’65 when midfielder Jay Felton was sent off with a straight red card for an awkward challenge.

Brentford lost to Fulham in last year’s playoff final last August. Swansea last played in the Premier League in the 2017-18 season.

Champion Norwich and runner-up Watford automatically reserved their seats in the top flight.

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