Fulham secure last EPL ticket following 2-1 win over Brentford in playoff final

Fulham secure last EPL ticket following 2-1 win over Brentford in playoff final

- Fulham will play in the Premier League next season after sealing promotion ticket

- The Cottagers defeated their London rival Brentford by 2-1 at the Wembley Stadium

- Brentford have now lost four playoff finals and nine promotion matches in total

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Fulham made an emphatic return into the Premier League after defeating Brentford by 2-1 in the playoff final at the Wembley Stadium.

All the goals in the match were scored during extra time as the Cottagers got two goals from their left-back Joe Bryan before Henrik Dalsgaard grabbed a late consolation for the Bees.

The match was a cagey affair between the London rivals in the entire 90 minutes as they failed to score during regulation time.

But the game took a dramatic twist when Bryan's 40-yard free-kick caught Brentford's goalkeeper David Raya off guard to put his side in the lead in the 105th minute.

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Fulham defended well and were able to clear their lines to keep Brentford at bay in the entire first half of extra time.

Substitute Alexandar Mitrovic was on hand to slick a pass through to Bryan with a brilliant one-two that resulted from a swift counter-attacking move as it became 2-0 in the 117th minute.

Fulham secure last EPL ticket following 2-1 win over Brentford in playoff final

Fulham secure last EPL ticket following 2-1 win over Brentford in playoff final. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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But Dalsgaard last gasp header was not enough as the referee blew his final whistle to send the Fulham players and their coaching staff in rapturous celebrations.

Scott Parker who was unable to save Fulham from dropping out of the Premier League in the 2018-19 campaign has now brought his team back into the English topflight division.

The former Chelsea midfielder who replaced Claudio Ranieri at the Craven Cottage in 2019, will now lead the west London club in their 15th campaign in the Premier League.

On the other hand, it is Brentford's fourth play-off final defeat and their ninth in total during their playoffs campaign, setting a new English record.

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The Bees needed just four points out of their last two Championship matches to secure promotion before losing both matches to Stoke City and Barnsley.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had that earlier reported Premier League teams have chosen September 12 as the date for the start of a new season in the English top-flight division.

A video meeting was held and plans to season begin the new campaign has been scheduled for the second week of September.

The season opener Community Sheild have also been confirmed for August 30, which would be after the first international break since last November.

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