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Lincoln Edge Sunderland to Reach L1 Final


Lincoln earned their spot in the League One play-off final after a 3-2 aggregate win against Sunderland.

The Black Cats had looked on course to overturn the two-goal first-leg deficit in the semi-final tie at the Stadium of Light, thanks to early goals from Ross Stewart and Charlie Wyke, but Tom Hopper headed home after the break to send the Imps to Wembley despite a 2-1 defeat.

Only Blackpool – who saw off Oxford on Friday night – now stand between Lincoln and a first return to the second tier since 1961. The final takes place at Wembley on Sunday, May 30.

Lincoln fight back to reach Wembley

It was an attacking line-up picked by Lee Johnson, who made four changes from the first leg to try and turn the tie in his side’s favour. And it paid dividends after just 13 minutes as Stewart, one of those changes, hauled them back into the tie by turning in Aiden McGeady’s cross from close range.

The first half was one of complete dominance from Sunderland and after 33 minutes they deservedly levelled the tie. Wyke had missed a glorious opportunity not too long before, but quickly recovered and took advantage of yet another brilliant McGeady cross to make it 2-0.

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