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Elmohamady's Aston Villa lose to Fulham in Premier League promotion playoff

Reuters , Saturday 26 May 2018
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Fulham's English defender Ryan Sessegnon (C) evades the tackle from Aston Villa's Irish midfielder Conor Hourihane in the build up to the opening goal during the English Championship play-off final football match between Aston Villa and Fulham at Wembley Stadium in London on May 26, 2018. (AFP)
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Egypt right wing-back Ahmed Elmohamady will not play in the Premier League next season after his club Aston Villa lost to Fulham in  the Championship playoff final at Wembley on Saturday.

Fulham returned to the Premier League after a four-year absence as Tom Cairney scored the winner in a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa in the Championship playoff final at Wembley on Saturday, the richest game in world football.

Cairney's first-half goal was decisive as Fulham held on despite having Denis Odoi sent off after 70 minutes as tempers began to fray on a sultry afternoon. The win secures Fulham a windfall of at least 160 million pounds ($212.91 million).

The west London club, who missed out on automatic promotion when losing to Birmingham City on the final day of the regular season to finish third in the table, celebrated with their joyous fans as they sealed a place in the Premier League.

Cairney struck after 23 minutes, clinically slotting the ball home from an inch perfect pass by Ryan Sessegnon at the end of a rare flowing move in a cagey first half.

Villa improved after the break, with Jack Grealish going close after one superb dribble, but they could not find an equaliser as Fulham defended resolutely in the closing stages.

Defeat ended Villa manager Steve Bruce's hopes of a record fifth promotion to England's top flight.

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