Middlesbrough wins promotion to Premier League


Aitor Karanka's side survived a nervous encounter at the Riverside Stadium to end their seven-year exile from the top-flight and bank the huge cash windfall due to Premier League clubs as a result of the new television contracts that kick in next season.

Needing just one point from their last game of the Championship season to guarantee they would finish above third-placed Brighton on goal difference, second-placed Middlesbrough took the lead through Christian Stuani's first-half strike.

Dale Stephens equalised for Brighton after the break, but the midfielder was sent off moments later and Middlesbrough held on to spark wild celebrations on Teesside. – AFP

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