Aston Villa defeat Derby County to win EPL spot in front of Prince William
(CNN)Aston Villa will play in the English Premier League next season, after defeating Derby County 2-1 in the Championship playoff at Wembley Stadium on Monday afternoon.
Prince William, a devoted Aston Villa fan, looked on from a private box in the stadium and celebrated after the final whistle.
Dutch international Anwar El Ghazi scored for the Birmingham club just before halftime, while Derby goalkeeper Kelle Roos bungled a saved in the 59th minute that allowed John McGinn to head the ball out of his hands for the second goal.
A late goal by Martyn Waghorn gave Derby some life in the 81st minute, but it was too little too late.
The Championship play-off final is a match held at the end of every season and decides the third team to be promoted into the EPL.
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The two teams that finish top of the Championship, English soccer's second division, are promoted automatically, but the teams that finish between third and sixth in the table battle it out for the final place.
The winner is promoted and enjoys a share of the lucrative Premier League spoils, whilst the loser must play another season in the second division.
"Promotion to the Premier League provides clubs with the financial resources to make strategic investments both on and off the pitch," said Sam Boor, senior manager at Deloitte's Sports Business Group.
"And given the relatively equal distribution of revenue amongst Premier League clubs, it provides promoted clubs with a chance to avoid relegation when they get there."
However, even if Monday's winner is relegated after one season in the EPL, it will still receive parachute payments worth $95 million (£75m) over the following two years.
More to follow.