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Last minute winner gives Charlton dramatic League One playoff win


Ahead of the match, all the talk will have centred on the two sides’ last playoff final meeting in 1998 which ended 4-4 before Charlton won the then-Division One decider on penalties.


With the teams deadlocked at 1-1 and extra time on the cards, captain Patrick Bauer scrambled home the winning goal in the dying seconds of the game to send the Charlton fans and players at Wembley into dreamland.


Lee Bowyer’s side had battled back from a goal down and secured promotion, condemning the Black Cats to another year in the third tier.


Galvanised by this good fortune, Sunderland continued to apply pressure on the shell-shocked Londoners and almost doubled their advantage 5 minutes later, but Phillips tipped Grant Leadbitter’s long-range drive round the post as the keeper looked to atone for his earlier error.


Midway through the half, Lyle Taylor found himself in space on the right hand side of the Sunderland penalty area but despite a fine connection on the ball, his excellent volley had too much power and whistled over the crossbar.


However, with 93 minutes on the clock, Charlton fashioned one last opportunity and as Sunderland failed to clear a high Josh Cullen ball into the box, Bauer pounced.






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