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West Brom promoted to Premier League

West Brom promoted to Premier League
West Bromwich Albion players celebrate after being promoted to Premier League.
MANCHESTER, Jul 23 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 7/23/2020 9:52:40 AM IST

West Bromwich Albion won promotion back to the Premier League after a two-year absence, joining Leeds United in the top flight next season after a 2-2 home draw with Queens Park Rangers in a dramatic finale to the Championship season on Wednesday.

The point for Slaven Bilic’s side was enough to ensure second place in England’s second tier after Brentford blew their chance by losing 2-1 at home to lowly Barnsley.
A win for Brentford would have sent them into the top division for the first time since 1947.
Brentford will go into the playoffs along with Fulham and Cardiff City but in a huge swing in fortunes, Nottingham Forest missed out on goal difference with Swansea City grabbing the last slot in astonishing fashion. It was a nervy night at the Hawthorns after West Brom, who knew a win would secure promotion, fell behind to a Ryan Manning drive in the 34th minute.
Goals from Grady Diangana and Callum Robinson either side of halftime, however, put the Baggies in the driving seat.
But a wonderfully-taken goal from Eberechi Eze brought QPR level and set the nerves jangling again for a side who had been in the top two since October.
With Brentford level at 1-1 with Barnsley, a goal for the Bees would have pushed them above West Brom but Barnsley, battling for survival, had other ideas.
Clarke Oduor’s stoppage-time goal snatched the three points for the Tykes, setting off celebrations in West Brom.

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