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Hull City 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Mo Diame
Mohamed Diame scored the goal that secured Hull's return to the Premier League, 370 days after they were relegated

A Mohamed Diame wonder strike was enough for Hull City to secure victory in the Championship play-off final against Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley.

The midfielder's curling right-footed shot from 25 yards sealed Hull's immediate return to the Premier League.

Steve Bruce's side dominated what was a tense affair at times, with Diame striking a post in the first half.

The Owls struggled to impose themselves as their 16-year exile from the top flight was prolonged.

They had a late handball shout turned down when Jeremy Helan's stoppage-time shot appeared to be blocked by Michael Dawson's arms.

Senegal midfielder Diame's 10th goal of the season was his most important to date in a Hull shirt, with promotion to the Premier League estimated to be worth at least £170m.

The 28-year-old's moment of magic came when he ran on to Robert Snodgrass' lay-off and spotted the opportunity to curl in to the roof of the net past the outstretched fingers of Keiren Westwood in the Wednesday goal.

Victory in a third Wembley appearance in three seasons meant Hull joined champions Burnley in bouncing back to the Premier League at the first attempt, 370 days after they were relegated from the top division.

Bruce's indifferent Hull deliver

Steve Bruce
Steve Bruce has won promotion to the Premier League on four occasions as a manager - twice with Birmingham (2002 and 2007) and twice with Hull (2013 and 2016)

For Hull, who finished fourth in the regular season and nine points ahead of sixth-placed Wednesday, there was uncertainty over their promotion credentials before kick-off.

They narrowly held on to a three-goal first-leg advantage in their semi-final against Derby and the jitters from that second-leg defeat appeared to dog their performance in the opening 20 minutes.

But, after Wednesday had twice tested goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic from free-kicks, the Tigers rallied.

Diame's shot off the post and an Abel Hernandez header, which was cleared off the line by Kieran Lee, were followed by another chance, as Moses Odubajo was denied by Westwood's quick-thinking dash off his line.

Captain Dawson also saw a half-volley blocked by Westwood after the break but it was Diame who secured victory with a sublime winner with 18 minutes remaining.

Spirited Wednesday fall short

Sheffield Wednesday players dejected after their play-off final defeat
Wednesday are faced with a 17th consecutive season outside England's top division

Head coach Carlos Carvalhal had overseen the reinvigoration of the Owls this season with some of the division's most eye-catching football.

Following their semi-final victory over third-placed Brighton, Wednesday were well-fancied to upset the form book and return to the top flight for the first time since 2000.

Added to that, they were roared on by a vocal and vibrant contingent of fans in blue and white, who easily outnumbered those in attendance from Hull.

But, after forward Fernando Forestieri and midfielder Ross Wallace had carved out two early chances from free-kicks, their challenge dwindled.

Leading scorer Forestieri was unable to impose himself on the game despite legs tiring towards the end of the match, and Wednesday's lack of potency in attack proved their eventual shortcoming.

Man of the match: Mohamed Diame (Hull City)

Mohamed Diame

An imperious display from the midfielder, not just for his match-winning goal but for his all-round contribution.

Full of endless running and seemingly popping up in both boxes for Hull, his vision was fittingly the moment to decide a nervous occasion for just more than 70,000 inside Wembley.

He hit the post himself and was almost the provider for a second Hull goal in either half, only for Odubajo and Hernandez to be denied by Wednesday's last line of defence.

Match reaction

Hull City manager Steve Bruce: "The goal was a wonder goal that would have graced any cup final. Up until then, I thought we'd missed some glorious chances but Mo has produced that little bit of magic.

"It's been a long five or six weeks since we realised we couldn't achieve automatic promotion. Overall, I think we've deserved to win from the chances we've created.

"We know we've got to be at our maximum (next season). We'll see what we can do and get ready for that challenge.

"We've got a month before we start and then we'll have to look at budgets, but even when you've got money, you've got to use it wisely."

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal: "I think Hull deserved to win the game, they were better than us in this game.

"But we know we can play better than that. We tried to do our best, we tried to play our football.

"Hull, with one moment of quality, have decided the game. It was always going to be that way in this game.

"We have an experienced team but we didn't play the way we usually do and we didn't create too many problems defensively for Hull."

Match stats

  • Hull are the 20th team to achieve promotion back to the Premier League after relegation the previous year.
  • The team finishing fourth has now been promoted to the Premier League in two of the last three seasons, having failed to do so in any of the previous 15 campaigns.
  • Hull have won all 10 games in which Diame scored for them this season.
  • Ten of the last 13 Championship play-off finals have been won by a one-goal margin, with eight of them ending 1-0.
  • Tom Huddlestone made more passes (51), more tackles (four) and had more touches (70) than any other Hull player.

Line-ups

Hull

  • 16Jakupovic
  • 2Odubajo
  • 21DawsonBooked at 10mins
  • 6Davies
  • 26Robertson
  • 14Livermore
  • 8Huddlestone
  • 27Elmohamady
  • 17DiaméSubstituted forMaguireat 89'minutes
  • 10SnodgrassSubstituted forClucasat 82'minutes
  • 9HernándezSubstituted forMeylerat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Bruce
  • 7Meyler
  • 11Clucas
  • 12Maguire
  • 15Maloney
  • 19Akpom
  • 30Kuciak

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 32Hunt
  • 15Lees
  • 5Loovens
  • 36PudilSubstituted forLucas Joãoat 86'minutes
  • 33WallaceSubstituted forHelanat 63'minutes
  • 4HutchinsonSubstituted forNuhiuat 76'minutes
  • 20Lee
  • 41Bannan
  • 45Forestieri
  • 14Hooper

Substitutes

  • 7Matias
  • 9Nuhiu
  • 17Helan
  • 18Lucas João
  • 21López
  • 23Sasso
  • 28Wildsmith
Referee:
Robert Madley
Attendance:
70,189

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Hull City 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hull City 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Attempt missed. Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Kieran Lee.

Attempt blocked. Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Andrew Robertson.

Attempt blocked. Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeremy Helan.

Harry Maguire (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Eldin Jakupovic (Hull City) because of an injury.

Eldin Jakupovic (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Sam Clucas (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Harry Maguire replaces Mohamed Diamé.

Attempt missed. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Lucas João replaces Daniel Pudil.

Foul by Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday).

Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. David Meyler replaces Abel Hernández.

Attempt missed. Curtis Davies (Hull City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Glenn Loovens.

Attempt blocked. Abel Hernández (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Diamé.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Sam Clucas replaces Robert Snodgrass.

Attempt missed. Moses Odubajo (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone.

Attempt missed. Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Sam Hutchinson because of an injury.

Delay in match Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) because of an injury.

Delay in match Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0. Mohamed Diamé (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jeremy Helan replaces Ross Wallace.

Hand ball by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

Attempt blocked. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Hutchinson.

Attempt missed. Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Fernando Forestieri.

Attempt missed. Andrew Robertson (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Moses Odubajo with a cross.

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Hull City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley462615572353793
2Middlesbrough462611963313289
3Brighton462417572423089
4Hull4624111169353483
5Derby4621151066432378
6Sheff Wed4619171066452174
7Ipswich461815135351269
8Cardiff461717125651568
9Brentford46198197267565
10Birmingham461615155349463
11Preston461517144545062
12QPR461418145454060
13Leeds461417155058-859
14Wolves461416165358-558
15Blackburn461316174646055
16Nottm Forest461316174347-455
17Reading461313205259-752
18Bristol City461313205471-1752
19Huddersfield461312215970-1151
20Fulham461215196679-1351
21Rotherham461310235371-1849
22Charlton46913244080-4040
23MK Dons46912253969-3039
24Bolton46515264181-4030
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