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Monday, May 27, 2013

FOOTBALL : Crystal Palace win promotion to English Premier League

Veteran striker Kevin Phillips scored the only goal of the match in extra-time from the penalty spot as Crystal Palace beat Watford 1-0 at Wembley in a tight Championship play-off.

Phillips, a former Watford player, made no mistake from the spot, picking out the top corner in the 105th minute after Marco Cassetti had needlessly brought down Wilfried Zaha.

The size of the potential promotion prize, which is estimated at around £120m in TV rights and "solidarity payments" seemed to freeze both sides, and it was a disappointing game with neither keeper having to make a save in the first half.

Crystal Palace are now the first club to have won promotion to the Premier League five times - although they will be hoping this stay is longer than their previous four visits, which all lasted just one season.

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