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Watford Beat Leicester In Another Incredible Championship Match To Reach Final [VIDEO]

It was another incredible day in the Championship today as Watford beat Leicester City to reach the Championship Playoff final.

Just two weeks ago, there was an unbelievable ending to the final day of the 2012-13 Championship season when Hull City failed to beat Cardiff, with the Tigers thinking they had lost their chance of automatic promotion. That was until Watford managed to lose against Leeds United, which meant that Hull was promoted and Watford would have to play in the Championship playoffs.

In stoppage time between Watford and Leicester this morning in the second leg of their Championship playoff semi-final, Leicester City were awarded a penalty that, if they scored, would have put them in the Championship playoff final. But Watford goalkeeper Manuel Almunia saved the penalty, and the follow-up shot, which then allowed Watford to storm up the pitch and score a 98th minute goal with the last kick of the match to send Watford through to the Championship Playoff Final.

What an incredible ending, which was very reminiscent of the final day of the League One season this year when Brentford were awarded a penalty against Doncaster. Brentford, if they had scored, would have been automatically promoted, but the London side missed the penalty that then allowed Doncaster to break on the counter and score a goal to cement promotion to the Championship.

Congratulations to Watford and manager Gianfranco Zola for managing to win the game especially after their soul-destroying defeat against Leeds United on the final day of the season.

Watford will now face the winner of Brighton against Crystal Palace in the final at Wembley on Memorial Day Weekend.

Here’s the incredible video of Watford beating Leicester City:

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  1. Andre

    May 12, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    This was incredible in so many ways. But beyond the obvious… hearing Fernando Forestieri’s name called out during the counter was one of those surreal moments. The days when he was a can’t miss-next-big-thing seem so far away and now he is a part of something like this. Pretty cool.

  2. mark

    May 12, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Are you kidding me? I watched the video and could not believe the action. I wish I could have seen that game here in the states in its entirety. Wow!!!

  3. Scott

    May 12, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Gaffer, I love the site but please please please get it right with Hull. Hull had a one point lead on Watford going into the final day. If Watford had only gotten a draw Hull was going up. Please stop this whole Watford had to lose for Hull to get promoted.

    • The Gaffer

      May 12, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      Hi Scott, thanks for the feedback. I know I messed up in the last article about Watford, but I don’t see where I said anything incorrectly in this article. If I did, please point it out and I’ll correct it.

      The Gaffer

      • James

        May 12, 2013 at 8:09 pm

        This statement is false, they were tentatively up when their match ended if scores had held, Watford even at the time.
        “when Hull City failed to beat Cardiff, with the Tigers thinking they had lost their chance of automatic promotion. That was until Watford managed to lose against Leeds United”

        • The Gaffer

          May 12, 2013 at 8:28 pm

          I disagree, but maybe I’m missing something? When the Hull match was over, most people thought that the Tigers had lost their chance to go up automatically because there was still so much time left in the Watford-Leeds match, so that Watford had plenty of time to finish the job and get automatically promoted themselves.

          As we know, Leeds shocked most people with the final result.

          The Gaffer

          • James

            May 12, 2013 at 8:57 pm



      • Scott

        May 13, 2013 at 7:05 pm

        While yes there was about 15 minutes left, Watford still had to score to gain promotion. As you know in football that is never a foregone conclusion. On top of that Watford was down to 10 men at the time due to a red card. Hull still liked their chances with those factors in play.

  4. Play-Off Pete

    May 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Serves the Leicester player right for the blatant dive to win the penalty . . .

  5. jtm371

    May 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    That is why you play to the whistle.well done Hornets finish the deal at Wembley.

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