Brentford promoted to Premier League
Brentford clinched promotion to the Premier League for the first time in 74 years with a 2-0 victory against Swansea City in the Championship playoff final on Saturday.
With just 20 minutes on the clock, Ivan Toney’s early penalty and Emiliano Marcondes’ goal on the counter-attack placed Brentford in command, and they were seldom troubled.
The ‘Bees’ win stopped a record of nine playoff defeats, including last season’s final, and will net them almost 170 million pounds ($241 million) in Premier League revenue.
Swansea, who finished fourth in the regular season to Brentford’s third, seemed to be suffocated by the high stakes of what is considered as the wealthiest game in global club football, and they were reeling just five minutes at Wembley.
Swansea goalkeeper Freddie Woodman fouled Brentford’s Bryan Mbeumo, and Toney calmly converted the penalty for his 33rd goal in an extraordinary debut season with Brentford.
Mbeumo sprinted down the left before waiting for assist from the overlapping Mads Roerslev, who picked up Marcondes to fire home in the 20th minute, delighting the 5,000 or so Brentford supporters who made the short journey.
Swansea, who were relegated from the Premier League in 2018 after seven seasons, tried to put pressure on the game, and things may have been different if Andre Ayew had managed to direct his diving header on goal in the 48th minute.
Norwich and Watford have already earned automatic promotion to the Premier for the next season.