The absolute excitement as Middlesbrough secure Premier League promotion


Middlesbrough are back in the Premier League after a 1-1 draw in their showdown with Brighton was enough to clinch the second promotion place behind champions Burnley.

Christian Stuani's first-half goal eased the home nerves at a sold-out Riverside Stadium. And they held on despite Dale Stephens giving Brighton hope with a headed equaliser early in the second half - with excitement levels on Twitter obviously very high.

There was some north-east rivalry evident amongst relieved fans.

Meanwhile, there was some drama during the game.

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Stephens went from hero to villain when referee Mike Dean adjudged his tackle on Gaston Ramirez was a red-card offence.

Ramirez was forced off with a nasty gash on his leg.

It meant nervous fans had eight minutes of stoppage time to add to the tension.

But Boro held on to spark these jubilant scenes, with fans running on to the pitch.

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And it's not just Middlesbrough fans who are excited about their return to the Premier League.

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