Sheffield Wednesday pulled off one of greatest comebacks in English Football League history on Thursday when they overturned a four-goal deficit to book their place in the League One play-off final.
They looked to have no chance for the final after they suffered a 4-0 thrashing to Peterborough United in the first leg at ABAX Stadium.
However, a stunning comeback in Yorkshire saw them level the scores 5-5 on aggregate beforing winning the penalty shootouts.
Wednesday made an ideal start to Thursday’s clash at Hillsborough as Michael Smith fired the opener from the spot within the first 10 minutes.
Lee Gregory then added another before the interval to spark hopes of a miracle among the home fans.
The Owls continued the pressure in the second-half and their efforts were rewarded when Reece James notched the third with a close-range finish after 71 minutes.
Then, Liam Palmer popped up with a late, late equaliser to take the game to extra time.
However, the visitors found themselves back in front on aggregate after Gregory deflected a Nathan Thomposon header into his own net in the 105th minute.
The home side managed to level the scores once again with Callum Paterson poking home when eight minutes were remaining to send the match to penalties.
Sheffield’s all five players scored while only Dan Butler missed the target for Peterborough, ensuring the Owls progress to the final.
This is the greatest comeback in the EFL play-offs history, with no team ever overcoming more than a two-goal first-leg deficit before.
Darren Moore’s men will now meet either Barnsley or Bolton Wanderers in the final at Wembley Stadium on May 29.
Bolton and Barnsley will meet each other on Friday for the second leg at Oakwell with the tie evenly poised at 1-1.
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