Swansea book their place in the 'richest game in football'

Updated: 17 May 2011 14:27 IST

Swansea booked their place in the Championship playoff final - the so-called 'richest game in football' - with a semi final win over Nottingham Forest on Monday.

Swansea book their place in the 'richest game in football'

London:

Swansea booked their place in the Championship playoff final - the so-called 'richest game in football' - with a semi final win over Nottingham Forest on Monday.


The Swans, who could face Welsh rivals Cardiff in the showpiece fixture at Wembley on May 30, won 3-1 in the second leg at their Liberty Stadium ground for an aggregate victory by the same scoreline after a goalless first leg where they played most of the match with 10 men after an early red card.

Stephen Dobbie was Swansea's hero, scoring one goal and setting up another to help see Swansea into the playoff final, worth an estimated £90 million to the winners as they get a place in the lucrative English Premier League.

Leon Britton's stunning 25-yard curling effort gave Swansea the lead before Dobbie's low drive doubled their advantage.

An unlucky Forest hit the woodwork three times before Robert Earnshaw, on as a substitute, gave the visitors hope with a goal nine minutes from time.

But Darren Pratley's injury-time effort from the halfway line sealed Swansea's victory and left them just one win away from ending their 28-year stay outside of English football's top flight.

Cardiff and Reading, whose first leg also ended in a goalless stalemate, conclude their semi-final in the Welsh capital on Tuesday.



Topics : Football Nottingham Forest Swansea City
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