Most people watched Leverkusen’s conquest or Sevilla’s drama with Juventus, but the highlight of Thursday’s football evening was ironically Sheffield Wednesday’s second semi-final for the Championship with Peterborough. The home side secured promotion despite going into the game with a four-goal deficit.
Peterborough won 19 points fewer than Sheffield in the regular season, went into the play-offs from sixth place, yet sovereignly outclassed their opponents at home. Six shots between the three posts were enough to give them a 4-0 lead going into the following rematch.
Sheffield were aware of their quality, as they missed out on direct promotion by just two points. He quickly fulfilled his main objective, scoring in the first ten minutes and in the 25th minute he made a real comeback with a 2: 0 goal.
After that, the home side’s offensive torment ceased and Sheffield goalkeeper Cameron Dawson had to shine on several occasions. The attack for the third goal continued from the 60th minute and paid off in the 71st minute thanks to Reece James.
But the fourth goal meaning extra time would not come. The Owls squandered two great chances in the setup, but Liam Palmer put the ball in the net in the eighth added minute. The stadium erupted and it went to extra time.
In the 105th minute, the likelihood of progression returned to the away side when Lee Gregory headed into his own net.
It was all the more admirable when, seven minutes later, Callum Paterson kept his cool in the whitewash and sealed the final 5-1 with a cross.
By the time the penalty kicks were taken, both teams were in a logical frame of mind. Sheffield converted five times, the opponent only three times, two of which were very lucky. The kicking was on target with the home fans, which also played a role.
In any case, Sheffield managed a historic turnaround. So far, no one has managed to advance in the Championship play-offs if they were more than 0-2 down before the rematch. In the final, the Owls will face the winner of the Bolton vs. Barnsley double header.
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