Aston Villa Promoted to the Premier League



Aston Villa have been promoted to the Premier League after beating Derby 2-1 in the Championship play-off final on Monday.

Villa held off a late fight back from Frank Lampard's team at Wembley to book their return to the English top-flight after three years in the Championship.

Anwar El Ghazi opened the scoring late in the first half when he met Ahmed Elmohamady’s cross to beat Kelle Roos and John McGinn headed into an open goal on the hour mark after an error from the Derby goalkeeper.

Jack Marriott pulled one back for the Rams in the 81st minute in a tense finish to the game, as Jayden Bogle and Mason Mount also came close to finding the net. Towards the end of the seven minutes of injury time, Harry Wilson proved lively down the wing for Derby, but saw one cross cleared by the Villa defence and another claimed by goalkeeper Jed Steer.

Dean Smith's team held on to seal the win in a game that is said to be worth around £170 million ($216m) for the victors because of the increased revenue available in the Premier League.

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