Fulham bury Brentford to return to the Premier League

Joe Bryan struck twice at the death as Fulham beat Brentford 2-1 in the Championship play-off final to secure an immediate return to the Premier League.

The left-back caught Brentford goalkeeper David Raya off guard from 40 yards in the 105th minute of the game at Wembley, with the Spaniard expecting a cross and then unable to scamper back and save Bryan’s skidding low effort.

With Brentford pouring forward in search of an equaliser, Bryan burst forward and combined with Aleksandar Mitrovic before stabbing past Raya to make the game safe with three minutes remaining.

Henrik Dalsgaard pulled a goal back with a header from eight yards out in the fourth minute of added time, but it was too late for the Bees to spark a comeback.

Fulham return to the elite division a year after going down while Brentford continue to wait for a return to the English top flight after 73 years.

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