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Aston Villa are in Premier League as Frank Lampard’s Derby fail to fire in play-off

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Aston Villa won over Derby on margin of 2-1 in the final of championship promotions paly-offs final, as a result promoted to Premier League after three years in second tier.

Dutch international Anwar El Ghazi scored for the Birmingham club just before halftime, while Derby goalkeeper Kelle Roos bungled a saved in the 59th minute that allowed John McGinn to head the ball out of his hands for the second goal.

A late goal by Martyn Waghorn gave Derby some life in the 81st minute, but it was too little too late.

The result sees Villa bounce back into the top-flight at the second time of asking, avenging last season’s Play-Off Final defeat to Fulham, and denies Derby boss Frank Lampard a fairytale end to his first season in management.

Lampard sensed another famous turnaround for the side that had become the first to ever reach this fixture after losing the first leg of their semi-final at home, but it wasn’t to be, as Villa held out to return to the promised land.

The Championship play-off final is a match held at the end of every season and decides the third team to be promoted into the EPL.

The two teams that finish top of the Championship, English soccer’s second division, are promoted automatically, but the teams that finish between third and sixth in the table battle it out for the final place.

The winner is promoted and enjoys a share of the lucrative Premier League spoils, whilst the loser must play another season in the second division.

“Promotion to the Premier League provides clubs with the financial resources to make strategic investments both on and off the pitch,” said Sam Boor, senior manager at Deloitte’s Sports Business Group.

“And given the relatively equal distribution of revenue amongst Premier League clubs, it provides promoted clubs with a chance to avoid relegation when they get there.”

However, even if Monday’s winner is relegated after one season in the EPL, it will still receive parachute payments worth $95 million (£75m) over the following two years.

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