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Charlton Beat Sunderland At The Death Despite Early Keeper Howler

Charlton Athletic grabbed a 95th-minute winner through defender Patrick Bauer to defeat Sunderland in the League One playoff final at Wembley on Sunday.

The Addicks were the underdogs going into the game after failing to beat Sunderland in either league game this season but they scored the winner in the most dramatic of circumstances as Bauer bundled the ball over the line at the death.

Lee Bowyer’s men had gotten off to the worst possible start thanks to a comical error from goalkeeper Dillon Phillips which gave Sunderland a fifth-minute lead.

Naby Sarr picked the ball up in defence and looked to play it back to his goalkeeper but did so blind which caught Phillips off guard as he failed to control the ball and let it slip under his foot and into the empty net.

The goal was a body blow for Charlton but they bounced back stylishly just before the break after some good work from striker Lyle Taylor whose cross to the back post was tapped in by the onrushing Ben Purrington.

Neither side could find a winner in the second half and it looked as though the game would be heading for extra time and potentially penalties, a repeat of the Championship playoff final between the two sides in 1998.

That was until Irish midfielder Josh Cullen, who will be involved for his country in the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers, played the ball into the area and it eventually fell to Bauer whose effort took a deflection but found the back of the Sunderland net.

The goal, of course, set off wild scenes at Wembley as Charlton ensured that they would be playing Championship football again for the first time since 2016.

The defeat is another heartbreaking loss for Sunderland at Wembley this season after they lost the Checkatrade Trophy final to Portsmouth in a penalty shootout.

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