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Who won the EFL Championship playoff final 2024? Score, result as Southampton beat Leeds United to Premier League promotion | Sporting News United Kingdom

Leeds United and Southampton locked horns at Wembley Stadium in the final of the 2023/24 EFL Championship playoffs.

Often described as “the richest game in football” due to the promise of huge Premier League income for the winners, the playoff final determines the third team to achieve promotion to England’s top flight every season.

Leicester City and Ipswich Town took the first two of those spots after finishing first and second in the Championship’s regular season. That means Leeds, Southampton, West Brom and Norwich City contested the playoff semifinals, having finished third to sixth in the standings.

Both Leeds and Southampton enjoyed impressive semifinal second-leg wins to book their place in the final at Wembley, which took place just 24 hours after Manchester City and Manchester United contested the FA Cup final on the same pitch.

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Who won the EFL Championship playoff final 2024?

Southampton were the winners of the 2024 EFL Championship final, defeating Leeds United 1-0.

A first-half goal from Adam Armstrong was enough to settle a tense, closely fought match in England’s capital. Former Man United winger Dan James hit the crossbar in stoppage time at the end of the second half, but Leeds could not otherwise create many meaningful chances against an impressive Saints rearguard, ending the match with just two shots on target despite 58 percent of the possession.

It meant Southampton, who were relegated only last season along with Leeds and Leicester, would be joining the Foxes and Ipswich in the top flight for 2024/25.

Southampton win playoff final: Post-match reaction

“I don’t know what to say,” Armstrong admitted to Sky Sports. “What a way to go up!

“It means everything. The gaffer and his staff came in in pre-season and put a marker down of what they wanted to see, and look at this.

“This is why we’re footballers, we want to be involved in the biggest games, what a way to win.”

Saints captain Jack Stephens described it as “the best feeling I’ve ever had in football”, adding: “I’m so proud to be captain of this club. I’m so proud of the boys today. I think they’ve been unbelievable.

“I think we probably didn’t play our best game today, but we showed a different side. A few people have doubted us over this season. Can we defend? Can we dig in? I think we really showed that today.”