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Palace to face Sunderland in playoff final after extra-time winner

18 May 2021
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David Omilabu scores 100th-minute winner as Eagles beat Wolves 3-2 in front of Selhurst Park fans

Substitute David Omilabu scored an extra-time winner as Crystal Palace beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 to book a playoff final against Sunderland in Premier League 2 Division 2.

Cheered on by the returning home fans at Selhurst Park, Palace hosted a Wolves side who had finished level with them on both points and goal difference, and it proved difficult to separate the sides in Monday's one-legged semi-final too.

Palace's Jay Rich-Baghuelou set up an early opener for Robert Street before scoring himself to give his side a 2-0 half-time lead. But Theo Corbeanu then struck twice for the visitors to leave the match all-square after 90 minutes.

The momentum was with Wolves but it was Palace who grabbed an 100th-minute winner as Omilabu, who had emerged from the bench late in normal time, played a one-two with Street and fired home.

See: Palace report | Wolves report

Palace 3-2 Wolves highlights

Palace will now battle Sunderland for promotion after the Black Cats triumphed at Stoke City in the other semi-final.

And the Eagles will again have home advantage at Selhurst Park, because they finished third in the final standings while Sunderland were fifth.

Sunderland had only grabbed a playoff spot on the final day of the regular season, thanks to a 1-1 draw with second-placed Stoke, but they beat the Potters 2-0 in front of almost 2,000 fans at the bet365 Stadium.

Josh Hawkes opened the scoring between the sides for the second successive match before setting up Ollie Younger for the second.

See: Stoke report | Sunderland report

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