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2017 EFL Championship play-off final
Wembley Stadium, illuminated
Huddersfield Town won 4–3 on penalties
Event2016–17 EFL Championship
Date29 May 2017
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeNeil Swarbrick (Lancashire)
2016
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The 2017 EFL Championship play-off final was hosted on 29 May 2017 at Wembley Stadium, London. The winner gains promotion to the 2017–18 Premier League season. The top two teams of the 2016–17 EFL Championship season gain automatic promotion to the Premier League, whilst the teams placed between third and sixth place in the league table play two initial matches in a series of play-offs, and the top two teams of the play-offs play for the final place for the 2017–18 season in the Premier League. Huddersfield Town won on penalties against Reading in the final, ending many years of waiting for a return to the top flight.

Teams

Club Previous appearances
Reading 1995, 2011
Huddersfield Town None

Route to final

Main article: 2016–17 EFL Championship
Reading Round Huddersfield Town
Final league position
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3Reading 46267136864+485
4Sheffield Wednesday 46249136045+1581
5Huddersfield Town 46256155658−281
6Fulham 462214108557+2880
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Play-offs Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Fulham 2–1 1–1 (A) 1–0 (H) Semi-finals Sheffield Wednesday 1–1 0–0 (H) 1–1 aet (A)
4–3 on pens

Reading qualified for the play-offs following a 1–0 victory over Wigan Athletic at the Madejski Stadium on 29 April 2017. On 16 May, Reading reached the final after beating Fulham 1–0 at the Madejski Stadium with a penalty scored by Yann Kermorgant after Tomas Kalas had handled the ball. This gave them a 2–1 aggregate victory, the first leg having finished 1–1 at Craven Cottage with goals from Jordan Obita for Reading and Tom Cairney for Fulham. The game is Reading's first appearance in the final since 2011 when they were beaten 4–2 by Swansea City. Reading have never won a play-off competition, having previously lost to Bolton Wanderers in the 1995 First Division play-off final and to Walsall in the 2001 Second Division play-off final, while losing in the second tier play-off semi-finals in 2003 and 2009.

Huddersfield Town qualified for the play-offs on 25 April 2017 following a 1–0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers. In the first leg of the semi-final, on 14 May 2017, they drew 0–0 at the John Smith's Stadium against Sheffield Wednesday. The second-leg, on 18 May 2017, finished 1–1 at the end of extra-time. Sheffield Wednesday scored first through Steven Fletcher only for Tom Lees to score an own goal to equalize for Huddersfield Town. The resulting penalty shootout finished 4–3 in Huddersfield's favour with their goalkeeper, Danny Ward saving two Wednesday penalties, from Sam Hutchinson and Fernando Forestieri.

Match overview

Build up

The final took place on 29 May 2017. Winning the game is estimated to be worth at least £170m to the winning team.

Reading were allocated 38,342 tickets for the final in the eastern half of Wembley Stadium, with their opponents being allocated the western half of the ground. Ticket prices range from £36 to £98 for adults, with concessions being half price

Reading went without captain Paul McShane, who was shown a straight red in their play-off semi-final first leg game at Fulham. He will, additionally, be suspended for the first game of next season.

Match

29 May 2017
15:00
Huddersfield Town 0–0
(a.e.t.)
Reading Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Report
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Moore -Soccerball shade cross
Obita -Soccerball shade cross
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Reading
GK 1 Flag of Wales Danny Ward
RB 2 England Tommy Smith Yellow card 75' Sub off 88'
CB 44 Germany Michael Hefele
CB 26 Germany Christopher Schindler
LB 15 Germany Chris Löwe
DM 6 England Jonathan Hogg Yellow card 29'
DM 10 Flag of Australia Aaron Mooy
RM 9 Flag of DRC Elias Kachunga Yellow card 61' Sub off 66'
AM 37 England Isaiah Brown Sub off 98'
LM 17 Netherlands Rajiv van La Parra
CF 21 Flag of Bermuda Nahki Wells
Substitutes:
GK 13 England Joel Coleman
DF 5 England Mark Hudson
DF 12 England Tareiq Holmes-Dennis
DF 14 England Martin Cranie Sub on 88'
MF 4 England Dean Whitehead
MF 45 England Kasey Palmer Sub on 98'
FW 23 Germany Collin Quaner Sub on 66'
Manager:
Germany David Wagner
GK 26Flag of Oman Ali Al-Habsi
CB 20Flag of Portugal Tiago Ilori
CB 16England Liam Moore
CB 4Netherlands Joey van den Berg Yellow card 17' Sub off 64'
RM 2Flag of Wales Chris Gunter
CM 6England George Evans
CM 23Flag of the United States Danny Williams
LM 24England Tyler Blackett
AM 8England John Swift Sub off 100'
RS 18Flag of France Yann Kermorgant Yellow card 19'
LS 50England Lewis Grabban Sub off 74'
Substitutes:
GK 31Flag of Finland Anssi Jaakkola
DF 11England Jordan Obita Yellow card 105' Sub on 64'
DF 25Romania Adrian Popa
MF 7Netherlands Roy Beerens
MF 12England Garath McCleary Sub on 74'
MF 38Flag of Republic Ireland Liam Kelly Sub on 100'
FW 9Flag of Senegal.svg Joseph Mendes
Manager:
Netherlands Jaap Stam
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