Huddersfield reach Championship playoff final after penalty shootout

Kieren Westwood's save had appeared to give Sheffield Wednesday hope for a brief moment

BY Raf Diallo 22:35 Wednesday 17 May 2017, 22:35 17 May 2017

Huddersfield Town's Nahki Wells celebrates his side's first goal of the game. Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Huddersfield have beaten Sheffield Wednesday on penalties to reach the English Championship playoff final.

The teams had drawn their first leg 0-0 before tonight's match on Wednesday's home ground.

Sheffield took the lead on 51 minutes through Steven Fletcher but Huddersfield would level with 17 minutes to go via a Kieran Lee own goal to force extra time.

With no goals scored by either team during the extra half hour, they were forced into penalties.

Sam Hutchinson missed the first Wednesday penalty to give Huddersfield an advantage.

But with the shootout at 4-3 to Huddersfield, Ireland international keeper Kieren Westwood came up with a big save from Jack Payne's effort to keep Sheffield in it.

But Fernando Forestieri missed his penalty as Wednesday suffered playoff pain for the second season in a row, having lost last season's playoff final to Hull City by a 1-0 scoreline.

Huddersfield, meanwhile, advance to face Reading who beat Fulham in their own semi final second leg on Tuesday night. 

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