Photos: A furious Carvalhal, Forestieri shows what Owls mean to him

Hillsborough Memorial

The Owls moved halfway toward the playoff final at Wembley.

Sheffield Wednesday took a huge step toward the Championship playoff final on Friday night by beating Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 in the first leg of their semi-final tie at Hillsborough last night.

Goals from Ross Wallace and Kieran Lee in both halves were enough for the Owls to draw first blood in the two-legged affair, while Fernando Forestieri also had one controversially ruled out by Andre Marriner when the score was at 0-0 - a ruling which infuriated home manager Carlos Carvalhal.

If Wednesday felt they were unlucky then, it's nothing compared to how unfortunate Brighton were on the night, with Chris Hughton forced to use all three of his substitutions by the 50-minute mark due to injury.

On the hour mark, Anthony Knockaert was stretchered off as the Seagulls had to contend with a man disadvantage for the best part of half-an-hour, in which Lee struck a potentially massive second goal.

In front of the Wednesday fans at full time, Forestieri tried - and, let's be honest, failed - to form a heart shape with both hands a la Gareth Bale, but the message was clear: love.

Both sides do it all again at the Amex Stadium on Monday.

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