Video: An incredible finish in England’s Championship playoffs

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The final place in next year's English Premier League is currently being contested in the Championship playoffs.  Cardiff City and Hull City won automatic promotion on a frantic final day of the regular season in the English Second Division, leaving Watford, Crystal Palace, Brighton & Hove Albion, and Leicester City to fight it out for the third promotion spot in the playoffs.

Earlier today Watford hosted Leicester City in the second leg of their playoff semifinal.  With the score tied at 2-2 on aggregate, Leicester's Anthony Knockaert stepped up to take a penalty kick for the win in the 97th minute after several minutes of stoppage time.  Incredibly, former Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia made not one, but two saves and Watford launched an immediate counterattack that resulted in a Troy Deeney goal to send the Hornets through and jubilant Watford fans onto the pitch.

It's almost an exact replica of what we saw at the end of April in England's League One when Doncaster saved a Brentford penaly and scored at the other end to win promotion to the Championship.  An inconceivably dramatic finish that keeps Watford's hopes of returning to the Premier League alive and sends them to Wembley Stadium for the richest game in soccer.

And here's how the story was told on Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday…

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