How to watch Aston Villa vs. Fulham: Promotion playoff final

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He has time to think about the gravity of his moment to shine on the Wembley stage, but held his nerve to slide the ball past Villa keeper Sam Johnstone to give this Play-Off final its opening goal.

Slavica Jokanovic's Fulham secured the £200m windfall up for grabs in the richest game in world football, as they rocked Villa on to the back foot with a fine first half display and then clung on to secure a famous victory.

In the second-half, Grealish was himself lucky not to see red after a wild lunging challenge on Cairney.

Slavisa Jokanovic opted for some sporting cross-pollination when asked whether, after two and a half years of battles won and lost, Fulham's promotion from the Championship felt especially sweet.

The 18-year-old, who has caught the eye of many Premier League clubs this season, played a superb, inch-perfect pass into Cairney's path and the midfielder tucked the ball away. The defender only ever appeared likely to return to the English top flight with Villa.

So, about the Championship Play-Off final half-time "entertainment".

Aston Villa can bounce back under Steve Bruce (Nigel French/PA).

Sessegnon and Tom Cairney, who scored the victor, will still be targeted over the coming months but Fulham, and billionaire owner Shahid Khan, have the financial muscle to resist overtures for a player many felt deserved an England World Cup call-up.

Going on the Championship's longest unbeaten run of the season, Fulham brought that same level of poise and quality into their showcase game with Villa.

The news was met with wide ridicule from football fans, many of whom may already have a strong dislike of the former England captain.

Fulham prevailed, recording a 1-0 win that means they will be in the Premier League next season.

Cairney completed 93% of his passing against Villa on Saturday, a better accuracy that any other Fulham player and the second best on the pitch behind Hourihane of those who started (97%). Villa pressured constantly with the man advantage, but couldn't get a clear shot at Marcus Bettinelli's goal.

Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon, meanwhile, said: "It's been a fantastic season for me and the team".

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