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QPR rejoins Premiership

Queens Park Rangers have qualified for the Premier League promotion with a dramatic 10-man victory over Derby County on Wembley in injury time.

 

QPR have been reduced to ten men just before the hour mark as Gary O'Neil got his marching orders for a late challenge on Johnny Russel who had a clean run on goal. Derby was the better side even before the red card, and they looked likely to win the match on Wembley and to qualify for the Premier League as the favorites to do so.

 

Despite Derby being the better side for large portions of this match, and also showing more than QPR in the Championship season, they were denied by a 90th-minute goal by Bobby Zamora against the run of play as QPR were waiting for extra time. QPR were also deprived of their arguably finest player Niko Kranjcar, who was injured and didn't take part in this fixture. As QPR was hanging on to dear life late in the match, taking their chances in extra time, and their goalkeeper Green had to make three critical saves, Derby failed to clear a throw in, and Bobby Zamora was allowed too much time and space and he scored for 1-0.

 

QPR therefore return to top flight after spending only one season in the Championship, and are estimated to earn £80m from the promotion. Derby is staying in the Championship but is among the favorites to win the promotion in the next season.

 

The Rangers finished fourth in the Championship and played 0-0 against Wigan, winning the replay 2-1 in extra time and qualifying for the Championship Playoff final. Derby did the same by winning at Brighton 1-2.

 

This completes the outlook of the 2014/2015 Premier League. Leicester and Burnley qualified automatically as the two top teams from the Championship, and QPR won the playoffs. These three teams are replacing Norwich, Cardiff and Fulham in top flight.

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