Swansea Promoted To Premier League In Thrilling Play Off Final
Swansea will be playing in the Premier League next season after overcoming a second half Reading fight back to claw their way into the Premiership.
Swansea overcame a slow start to blow away the Royals in the first half with three shots resulting in three goals for the Swans to end the half three goals to the good.
Reading left the field for half-time disheartened but lucky that Khizanishvili did not receive a second yellow card for his foul that led to the penalty for the first goal.
Pundits and fans alike knew that a comeback would be an unlikely but not impossible given the first half performance that did not deserve to see Reading behind by three goals.
Brian McDermot had a huge task at half time, however he rallied his team and Reading responded by finally taking their chances.
Powering into life Reading scored just four minutes after the restart to put the Swans under pressure.
Reading poured forward and with over half an hour to play Matt Mills scored for to bring the deficit back to a solitary goal and give Reading fans hope of a mesmerising comeback.
A romantic comeback was not to be and after half an hour of Reading pressure Swansea were gifted a goal as Andy Griffin hauled down Fabio Borini to allow Scott Sinclair to score his second penalty and complete his hat-trick.
The score stayed the same and despite testing the nerves of their fans Swansea were victorious.
This was a thrilling play-off final, commiserations to Reading whose performance added to a great spectacle that lived up to the pre-match billing.
Finally congratulations to Swansea and there is sure to be one hell of a party in parts of Wales tonight as Swansea become the first team from outside of England to play in the Premier League.