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Aitor Karanka's Middlesbrough heading to Wembley for Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final

15 May 2015

Aitor Karanka will cap his first full season in English football with a trip to Wembley after guiding Middlesbrough into the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final.

Goals from Lee Tomlin, Kike and man of the match Albert Adomah secured a 3-0 semi-final second-leg victory in front of a crowd of 33,266 at the Riverside Stadium to extend the Teessiders' aggregate advantage to 5-1 as the Bees suffered Play-Off heartache for the eighth time.

Karanka will now take his team to Wembley on 25th May - the first time they will have visited English football's headquarters since the 1998 League Cup final - for a showdown with either Norwich City or Ipswich Town and the prospect of a return to the Premier League after a six-year absence.

The home started the brighter in the second leg and got their reward with 23 minutes gone - and it was fitting that three of their most impressive players on the night were involved.

Adam Clayton sent a raking crossfield ball out to Adomah, who cut inside Jake Bidwell before squaring for Tomlin to clip a shot past keeper David Button with the help of a slight deflection off Harlee Dean and the inside of the post.

Kike smashed home a second after the ball had ricocheted kindly into his path following Jelle Vossen's surging 55th-minute run into the box and Boro cemented the win with 12 minutes remaining when Adomah exchanged passes with Tomlin and blasted home off the underside of the crossbar.

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