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Football: Phillips fires Crystal Palace into Premier League

Published on May 28, 2013 6:19 AM
 
Crystal Palace's English striker Kevin Phillips celebrates at the final whistle in the English Championship Play Off final football match between Crystal Palace and Watford at Wembley Stadium in London on May 27, 2013. Veteran striker Kevin Phillips came off the bench to score a superb extra-time penalty as Crystal Palace returned to the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Watford in the Championship play-off final on Monday. AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Veteran striker Kevin Phillips came off the bench to score a superb extra-time penalty as Crystal Palace returned to the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Watford in the Championship play-off final on Monday.

Phillips, 39, struck mid-way through extra time on a sun-splashed day at Wembley Stadium, after Manchester United-bound winger Wilfried Zaha had drawn a tired foul from Watford right-back Marco Cassetti.

The Championship play-off final is said to be the richest game in world football and promotion to the English elite will reportedly swell Palace's revenue by up to £120 million (S$228.6 million).

"We're in the Premier League now, so God help us," said Palace manager Ian Holloway, who was appearing in his third play-off final in four years.

 
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