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Watford Beats Leicester 3-2 on Aggregate in Playoff Semi (1)

May 12, 2013

Watford beat Leicester 3-2 on aggregate in English soccer’s Championship playoff semifinal with a 97th-minute goal from Troy Deeney.

Only seconds before, Watford goalkeeper Manuel Almunia made a double save from Anthony Knockaert’s penalty kick, awarded for a foul on the Leicester player. Watford swept downfield and Deeney slammed the ball in for a 3-1 win. Leicester won the first game 1-0.

‘It’s great, that’s what football is all about,” Watford manager Gianfranco Zola told Sky Sports. “I think we deserved it.”

Matej Vydra volleyed Watford into the lead in the 15th minute, David Nugent leveling for the visitors four minutes later. Vydra struck again in the 65th minute to level the scores on aggregate.

Watford will meet Crystal Palace or Brighton in the final at Wembley on May 27 to decide which team is promoted to the Premier League. Palace and Brighton play the second leg of their semifinal tomorrow, having drawn the first match 0-0.

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