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Summary

  1. Aston Villa reach Championship play-off final
  2. Villa will meet Fulham at Wembley on 26 May
  3. Second leg ended goalless after Villa won at Riverside
  4. Downing hit bar from Boro in 89th minute
  5. Villa pay tribute to former player Jlloyd Samuel

Live Reporting

By Tom Garry

All times stated are UK

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  1. The scenes at the end...

    FT: Aston Villa 0-0 Middlesbrough (1-0 agg)

    Aston Villa celebrate
    Aston Villa fans
    Jack Grealish

    Thanks for your company tonight. It's been an evening to remember for Villa fans and perhaps one to forget for the Boro faithful.

    See you on Saturday, 26 May for the Championship play-off final between Aston Villa and Fulham! Good night.

  2. Pulis bemoans missed chances

    FT: Aston Villa 0-0 Middlesbrough (1-0 agg)

    Boro boss Tony Pulis continues: "We've had good moments and - in those moments - we've got to take those chances.

    "That's where we've fallen down a bit.

    "We've got to dust ourselves down, thank our supporters and improve for next season."

  3. Villa are heading to Wembley

    FT: Aston Villa 0-0 Middlesbrough (1-0 agg)

    Villa players and BBC Breakfast's resident Boro fan have been among those to react on social media:

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  4. Should Villa's Johnstone have seen red?

    FT: Aston Villa 0-0 Middlesbrough (1-0 agg)

    On the decision not to send off Villa keeper Sam Johnstone for a handball outside the area, Tony Pulis adds: "I'm really disappointed.

    "Everybody understands the rules and you need him to make the correct decision. I don't think he's made the correct decision.

    "Personally, I think it was the wrong decision and I'm sure there's a lot of people watching who'd agree with me."

  5. 'It could have been a red' - Bruce

    Villa reach Championship play-off final

    In the closing stages of tonight's game, should Villa keeper Sam Johnstone have been sent off?

    He was shown a yellow card after deliberately handling the ball just outside the area.

    Villa boss Steve Bruce says:

    "Yes, it could have been a red card. We probably got away with one there."

  6. Could Boro have taken more risks?

    FT: Aston Villa 0-0 Middlesbrough (1-0 agg)

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    Middlesbrough failed to have a single shot on target tonight - and only two across the whole tie - as they went down 1-0 on aggregate.

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  7. Pulis 'proud' despite defeat

    FT: Aston Villa 0-0 Middlesbrough (1-0 agg)

    Boro boss Tony Pulis tells Sky Sports: "A set play has really cost us over two games.

    "But I'm very, very proud of the lads. In the first half tonight, we played really, really well.

    "But we've created opportunities and we've got to take those opportunities.

    "The teams that's finished third and fourth over a season has got to Wembley and that's justification I can accept. It's difficult for me to say that, but they've been the third and fourth-best teams in the league."

  8. Post update

    FT: Aston Villa 0-0 Middlesbrough (1-0 agg)

    And on Saturday, 26 May, we now know that it'll be Aston Villa v Fulham at Wembley, for a place in the Premier League.

    It should be a cracker.

  9. The League Two play-offs

    And here's what's still to come in League Two:

    Thursday, 17 May (19:45 BST): Exeter City v Lincoln City (0-0 agg)

    Friday, 18 May (19:45 BST): Notts County v Coventry City (1-1 agg)

    Monday, 28 May (15:00 BST): League Two play-off final

  10. Still to come...

    The Championship semi-finals may be over, but there's lots more to come from the play-offs. For starters, here's the remaining League One schedule:

    Wednesday, 16 May (19:45 BST): Rotherham United v Scunthorpe United (2-2 agg)

    Sunday, 27 May (15:00 BST): League One play-off final

  11. Bruce on facing Fulham

    Villa reach Championship play-off final

    On facing Fulham in 26 May's final, Steve Bruce adds:

    "They're a good football side. They've got some good players but - then again - so have way.

    "Going to Wembley, let's enjoy it."

  12. 'This means so much' - Bruce

    FT: Aston Villa 0-0 Middlesbrough (1-0 agg)

    Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce tells Sky Sports: "We just shaded it over the two games, with a goal from a set-piece.

    "But in the second half tonight there was only one team that was going to win it.

    "It was agony towards the end, if I'm being honest. It means so much.

    "Thankfully it looks as if we've got the club turned around a little bit.

    "We've given ourselves a good chance. We're up against an outstanding team in Fulham."

  13. Remembering Jlloyd Samuel

    FT: Aston Villa 0-0 Middlesbrough (1-0 agg)

    Aston Villa fans

    In among the scenes of celebration at the end, this Aston Villa fan took a moment to pay tribute to Jlloyd Samuel.

    The former Villa defender died in a car crash earlier on Tuesday.

  14. Disappointment for Gestede

    FT: Aston Villa 0-0 Middlesbrough (1-0 agg)

    Middlesbrough spent £6m to sign striker Rudy Gestede from Aston Villa 18 months ago, but having since dropped out of the Premier League it's his former side who have tonight taken a step closer to returning there this summer.

    After the match, Gestede handed his shirt over to a young Boro fan...

    Rudy Gestede
  15. Villa's happy owner

    FT: Aston Villa 0-0 Middlesbrough (1-0 agg)

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  16. Bruce reaches another play-off final

    Villa reach Championship play-off final

    Villa boss Steve Bruce has won promotion to the top flight four times in his managerial career, including play-off success with both Birmingham City (2001-02) and Hull City (2015-16).

    He's now one win away from doing it again.

  17. Get Involved via #bbcefl

    FT: Aston Villa 0-0 Middlesbrough (1-0 agg)

    Cameron Hume: The boys put up a decent fight but fair play to Villa's defence. Wouldn't be so sad if it didn't mean we'll now lose Traore in the summer

    Shaun Perry: Boro truly awful - 3 hrs without scoring against this lot

    Dr Tom Wilkinson: Chill out lads, we didn't win the World Cup yet...

    Chris Samba
  18. Grealish grateful for Terry support

    FT: Aston Villa 0-0 Middlesbrough (1-0 agg)

    Villa playmaker Jack Grealish tells Sky Sports: "We fought hard tonight. Now we're looking forward to the final.

    "I put a lot of my good form lately in to this guy (Terry) and I thank him for that.

    "It's all to play for at Wembley. It's a one-off game. With the quality in our team, we've got enough to go at them [Fulham]."

  19. Post update

    FT: Aston Villa 0-0 Middlesbrough (1-0 agg)

    Middlesbrough fans

    As Villa celebrate, there are Boro fans with their heads in their hands in the away end.

    The visitors simply didn't show enough quality tonight, to break Villa down.

    Stewart Downing hit the bar from a powerful free-kick late on, but Boro didn't technically get any attempts on target. That's not good enough in a semi-final second leg, when you need a goal.

  20. Terry on 'superb gameplan'

    FT: Aston Villa 0-0 Middlesbrough (1-0 agg)

    Aston Villa defender John Terry tells Sky Sports: "It was two very good performances.

    "The boys were different class. It was important we didn't concede. Another clean sheet is very good.

    "The gameplan was superb so the manager deserves a lot of credit for that.

    "There's a great team spirit among the boys. One more step and it'll be the dream.

    "Boro are a very good side... [Adama] Traore is a big threat but [Alan] Hutton was superb over the two legs."