Huddersfield earn Premier League promotion
Huddersfield Town have been promoted to the Premier League for the first time in 45 years by beating Reading 4-3 on penalties in a dramatic Championship Play-Off final at Wembley on Monday. The final, termed as world soccer’s richest single game, is worth at least 170 million pounds ($220 million) because of future prize money and broadcast earnings from being in the Premier League, the wealthiest league in the world.
The 45-year-old Manager, Wagner, arrived at the northern English club in 2015 from Borussia Dortmund, where he was reserve-team coach, under Juergen Klopp. From that 19th-place finish last season, Wagner worked wonders on one of the smallest budgets in the division to challenge for the title this season. It has been no less than a fairlytale for the supporters and fans. Huddersfield eventually dropped away to finish in fifth place, two spots behind Reading.
In a game of missed opportunities, Wagner’s side started strongly. Nine minutes in, Huddersfield should have gone 1-0 up when Isaiah Brown missed a glaringly open goal after he was put in by Elias Kachunga’s pass. The Yorkshire club dominated the early stages with their high press and slick passing throughout the first half. In the second half Jaap Stam’s team grew in confidence as the game opened up and in the 53rd minute Yann Kermorgant hooked his shot high over Huddersfield’s goal, before Lewis Grabban lifted his effort wide. In the 75th minute substitute Collin Quaner almost broke the deadlock but he scuffed Mooy’s pass.
The two teams went into extra-time with the score locked at 0-0, but still were not able to break the deadlock. Huddersfield kept their nerve in the dramatic penalty shootout, where as many as four penalties were saved/missed before Schindler, the German defender slotted home the winner.