Nottingham Forest 1-2 Sheffield United (agg 3-3): Forest win penalty shootout

Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba saves a penalty kick from Oliver Norwood
The penalty shootout win sends Nottingham Forest to their first Wembley final for 30 years

Nottingham Forest beat Sheffield United on penalties to set up a Championship play-off final meeting with Huddersfield Town despite losing a drama-packed semi-final second leg at the City Ground.

Brice Samba produced goalkeeping heroics for the hosts at the end of a pulsating tie, saving spot kicks from Oli Norwood, Conor Hourihane and Morgan Gibbs-White.

Thousands of joyous Forest fans spilled onto the pitch when Samba saved Gibbs-White’s weak penalty after the two legs finished 3-3 on aggregate.

Brennan Johnson had added to Forest’s 2-1 aggregate lead from the first leg with a sliding first-half finish, but second-half goals from Gibbs-White and John Fleck sent the game to extra time.

It took a fine reflex save from Samba to keep Iliman Ndiaye out in the 115th minute and force the game to a shootout.

The Congolese goalkeeper immediately gave Forest the advantage by saving United’s first two attempts.

Johnson, Cafu and Steve Cook scored their efforts for Forest before Joe Lolley sent his over the bar, which set Samba up to make the save from Gibbs-White that sent Forest to Wembley for the first time in 30 years.

More to follow.


Nottm Forest

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 30Samba
  • 4WorrallBooked at 90mins
  • 27S CookBooked at 111mins
  • 26McKennaBooked at 75mins
  • 2Spence
  • 22Yates
  • 37GarnerSubstituted forRibeiro Diasat 119′minutes
  • 8Colback
  • 11ZinckernagelSubstituted forLolleyat 71′minutes
  • 20Johnson
  • 16SurridgeSubstituted forDavisat 75′minutes


  • 1Horvath
  • 3Figueiredo
  • 9Davis
  • 14Laryea
  • 17Mighten
  • 18Ribeiro Dias
  • 23Lolley

Sheff Utd

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 18Foderingham
  • 6Basham
  • 12Egan
  • 19RobinsonBooked at 58mins
  • 2BaldockSubstituted forOsbornat 108′minutes
  • 16Norwood
  • 4FleckSubstituted forHourihaneat 109′minutes
  • 33Norrington-Davies
  • 8Berge
  • 27Gibbs-White
  • 29Ndiaye


  • 1Davies
  • 22Davies
  • 23Osborn
  • 24Hourihane
  • 25Uremovic
  • 32Osula
  • 36Jebbison

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