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Hull City 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

By Adam WilliamsBBC Sport at Wembley
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.



Formation 4-2-3-1

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


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

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-4-1-1

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


  • 7Matias
  • 9Nuhiu
  • 17Helan
  • 18Lucas João
  • 21López
  • 23Sasso
  • 28Wildsmith
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hull City 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Andrew Robertson.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday).

  9. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Harry Maguire replaces Mohamed Diamé.

  16. Post update

    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.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Lucas João replaces Daniel Pudil.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. David Meyler replaces Abel Hernández.

As It Stood

6Sheff Wed4619171066452174
16Nottm Forest461316174347-455
18Bristol City461313205471-1752
23MK Dons46912253969-3039
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