A disastrous own goal did not prevent Charlton Athletic's return to the Championship. 

By Luis Miguel Echegaray
May 26, 2019

There's nothing quite like the dramatics of EFL's playoffs as Charlton Athletic started and ended its League One promotion final against Sunderland in dramatic style.

First, we had a horrific mistake from defender Mouhamadou-Naby Sarr as he scored an own goal to hand its opponent an early lead at Wembley. 

In the fifth minute, the French player, under no pressure inside his own half, decided to pass back the ball to his goalkeeper thinking his teammate was fully prepared and aware of his teammate's decision. But as the ball went back to Dillon Phillips, it escaped the stopper's feet and went past him to make it 1-0 for Sunderland.

Nerves were clearly present in such a huge encounter but that will probably serve as little consolation for Sarr, who is looking to help his side win promotion to the Championship, the second tier in England. 

Charlton, however, turned the tide as it equalized just before the break thanks to Ben Purrington. And in dramatic fashion, Patrick Bauer secured the win in stoppage time to make it 2-1 and secure a place in the Championship.

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