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Middlesbrough promoted to Premier League

Middlesbrough promoted to Premier League

Middlesbrough secured promotion to the Premier League on Saturday, as they drew 1-1 with 10-man Brighton and Hove Albion at the Riverside Stadium.

Aitor Karanka's men knew that a point would guarantee a second-placed finish, and automatic promotion, but they looked set to take all three when Christian Stuani opened the scoring in the 19th minute.

Dale Stephens hit back to give Brighton - who themselves needed to win to overtake Boro - hope of pipping their opponents to the post, as he headed in from a deep free-kick.

However, Stephens was then sent off for a high tackle on Gaston Ramirez, which left the Uruguayan with a horrific gash on his leg, and required both a stretcher and oxygen.

Middlesbrough have been playing Championship football since their relegation in 2009, and will take part in a Premier League that has been significantly enriched by the 2016-17 television deal, which stands at a staggering £5.136 billion.

Karanka raised eyebrows when he left Jordan Rhodes and Stewart Downing out of the starting line-up, but it was the two men who replaced them who combined to give Boro the lead after 19 minutes.

Nerves became frayed around the Riverside as Brighton pushed forward for a lifeline during eight minutes of injury time, but Hughton's side must now settle for a place in the play-offs against Sheffield Wednesday.

Middlesbrough join Burnley FC who have already won the English Championship League which earned them a promotion back to the English Premier League.

Congrats to them.