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Southampton to face Leeds in Championship play-off final

Published : Sunday, 19 May, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 136

LONDON, MAY 18: Southampton will face Leeds for a place in the Premier League after reaching the Championship play-off final with a 3-1 win against West Bromwich Albion on Friday.

Russell Martins side moved a step closer to promotion thanks to Will Smallbones second half opener and two late goals from Adam Armstrong in the semi-final second leg at raucous St Marys.

Cedric Kipres header in the final seconds was no consolation for out-classed Albion.

Bidding to end their one-year exile from the Premier League after last seasons relegation, Southampton will head to Wembley on May 26 for what is regarded as world footballs richest game, given the wealth on offer in the top tier.

After a goalless first leg at the Hawthorns on Sunday, Southampton were deserved winners, with their confident performance showing why they finished fourth in the table, 12 points clear of fifth-placed Albion.

British prime minister Rishi Sunak, a noted Southampton fan, cheered from the stands as Martins men responded to their managers pre-match plea to "attack the game until you can run any more".

The only blemish for Southampton was a post-match pitch invasion that turned ugly when Saints fans confronted their Albion rivals, with punches briefly traded before police restored order.    —AFP

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