Two first half goals by Emiliano Maconde and Ivan Toney were all that was needed stop Swansea City from realising the dream of returning to the English top league, but enough for Brentford to end a 74-year absence from the top division.
Brentford have ended a seven-decade-plus hiatus from the top-flight of English football after they triumphed 2-0 against Swansea City in the Championship play-off final on Saturday, to seal their first-ever Premier League appearance.
First-half goals from Ivan Toney and Emiliano Marcondes were enough for Thomas Frank’s side to beat the Swans at Wembley Stadium and join Norwich and Watford at the high table of the domestic game from next season onwards.
It ends a run of nine straight play-off defeats over the past 30 years, and brings to a close a 74-year absence from the top division for the Bees, in front of a crowd of 11,689 in north London.
Jordan Henderson has been awarded an MBE for services to charity.
Liverpool’s captain has been recognised for his work and contribution throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
In April 2020, Henderson was an architect of the ‘Players Together’ initiative that encouraged professional footballers to donate to the NHS.
He subsequently became an ambassador for the NHS Charities Together organisation, which supports the staff, patients and volunteers of the 240 NHS charities in the UK.
Earlier this year, meanwhile, Henderson supported Cybersmile’s anti-cyberbullying campaign ‘People Not Profiles’ by handing over control of his social media accounts to the foundation in order to raise awareness of the impact of online abuse.
Speaking about receiving an MBE, Henderson said: “My family and I feel greatly humbled to be recognised in this way, more so given the reason for it.
“There are many privileges that come from playing professional football, but having a platform to promote a charitable cause such as Players Together and NHS Charities Together is as big a privilege as any.
“It’s important for me to state that although the honour has been issued to me personally, the credit must be shared to a far larger group of people and I accept this in the knowledge I was part of something special, rather than the reason for it.
“The other Premier League captains were the catalyst and the rest of the players, including my own teammates at Liverpool, were a driving force behind the scenes. Huge numbers of football fans from across the country also displayed great generosity in donating.
“But the true heroes are the NHS staff; they put themselves in harm’s way to serve and protect us.
“Therefore I dedicate this to all the nurses, doctors, carers, porters, admin workers, cleaners, security personnel and every single individual who devotes their career and their lives to making the NHS the part of British life we are rightly most proud of as a nation.”
An almost perfect first-half from Chelsea saw Timo Werner waste a couple early chances, Antonio Rüdiger make a crucial block on Phil Foden, and Kai Havertz grab the lead just before half-time with a cool finish by way of a fantastic through ball from Mason Mount.
Chelsea went toe-to-toe with the favored opposition, and won the first 45.
The second half started on a much different note and that note only got louder, with City dominating proceedings and pressing for the equalizer, and Chelsea looking to keep things tight at the back and counter when given the chance.
And that gameplan worked very well, and almost to perfection but Christian Pulisic put his chip wide of the post when put through on the counter by Havertz.
Despite that miss, Chelsea stayed strong and would not break.
No surprises from Tuchel, as the back three restored with Azpi, James at wing-back, and Havertz leading the line. Jorginho with the nod over Kovačić.
Forced into early sub after Thiago Silva injured his groin on the half-hour. Christensen on to deputize as he had during Silva’s previous injury.
Pulisic on as fresh legs for Werner for the final quarter of the match. Kovacic on for Mount, who had dropped deep into midfield by then for the final 10-15.
Havertz’s first ever goal in the Champions League in a dozen tries.
Konate told Liverpoolfc.com: “I’m really happy to be joining such a massive club like Liverpool.
“It’s a really exciting moment for me and my family and I am really looking forward to meeting my new teammates, the staff and getting started on this new chapter.
“Right now, my focus is on the U21 European Championships with France, but after this competition I know I will be joining one of the best teams in the world and that gives me a great feeling.
“I have worked very hard for many years to get to this point, but I would like to say a big thank you to everyone at RB Leipzig and all the people I worked with there – the coaches, my teammates, the staff and especially the fans.”
His squad number is yet to be confirmed.
Konate is currently on duty with France’s U21 squad for the UEFA European Championships, but is set to become a Red on July 1.
The club indicated he has signed a “long-term contract” after finalising terms and passing a medical.
Liverpool’s move for Konate confirms they will not be taking up the £18m option to make permanent the signing of Ozan Kabak, who spent the second half of the season on loan from Schalke.
The serious injuries suffered this season by Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have encouraged Klopp to make signing another centre-back a priority this summer.
And while Konate has started only 14 Bundesliga games in the last two seasons due to injury, the Reds have no concerns over his fitness with the player having been available since February.
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Liverpool have made their first signing of the summer, bringing in centre-back Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.
The highly-rated 22-year-old will no doubt have a big part to play next season, with the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez still returning from injury.
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Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams ended the campaign as Liverpool’s centre-back pairing, with Klopp having already indicated he plans to have the duo in the squad for the start of pre-season on July 12.
Liverpool also have no immediate intention of moving on Ben Davies, who has yet to feature for the first team since arriving from Championship side Preston North End in February.
Any decision over the long-term futures of the trio will be made at a later date, with there being no guarantee Van Dijk, Gomez and Matip will be fully fit for the start of the next Premier League campaign on August 14.