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Result: Queens Park Rangers promoted back to Premier League after late Bobby Zamora goal

Queens Park Rangers win promotion to the Premier League after beating Derby County 1-0 in the Championship playoff final.

Queens Park Rangers have won promotion to the Premier League after beating Derby County 1-0 in the Championship playoff final thanks to Bobby Zamora's late strike.

: The QPR team celebrate with the trophy after the Sky Bet Championship Playoff Final match between Derby County and Queens Park Rangers at Wembley Stadium on May 24, 2014© Getty Images

The Rams started the game on the front foot, and within the first few minutes of the game Johnny Russell skipped past several QPR challenges and fed the ball to Will Hughes from the edge of the area. The youngster was hacked down to gift the Rams a free kick, but Russell blasted the ball into the wall.

Charlie Austin then launched a speculative effort into the stands for QPR in the eighth minute, but the Rams had arguably the best chance of the half in the 24th minute when Craig Forsyth sneaked into the box unmarked and sent his header just over the bar.

 Bobby Zamora of QPR scores the winning goal during the Sky Bet Championship Playoff Final match between Derby County and Queens Park Rangers at Wembley Stadium on May 24, 2014© Getty Images

Just two minutes later, Steve McClaren's men had a penalty shout when Hughes appeared to be felled by Richard Dunne in the box, but the referee waved away the appeals.

Towards the end of the first period, Robert Green had to be at his best to deny Jamie Ward's in-swinging free kick, which looked to be creeping into the bottom corner, but the ex-England goalkeeper was able to get down low to keep the effort out.

The Rams picked up from where they left off after the interval, but were wasteful in the final third and from set pieces, nearly paying the price when Austin almost converted Armand Traore's cross in the 55th minute.

On the hour, Gary O'Neil was sent off for QPR after hacking down Russell just outside the area, but Ward wasn't able to make the most of the subsequent free kick.

Derby continued to turn the screw against their 10-man opponents, Craig Bryson forcing a good save out of Green with a low drive before teeing up Chris Martin, whose effort rattled the outside of the woodwork.

Just when it seemed like the game would go on to extra time, a defensive error by Richard Keogh gifted the ball to Zamora, and the substitute steered the ball beyond Lee Grant's dive to send the blue and white half of Wembley into raptures.

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Craig Forsyth of Derby in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Blackburn Rovers at Pride Park Stadium on August 04, 2013
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd128132113825
2West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1273231171424
3Leeds UnitedLeeds126512291323
4Middlesbrough12642146822
5Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest124711713419
6Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds125431918119
7Brentford124622014618
8Derby CountyDerby125341513218
9Norwich CityNorwich125341515018
10Blackburn RoversBlackburn124621415-118
11Swansea CitySwansea12453129317
12Wigan AthleticWigan125251416-217
13Bristol City124441614216
14Stoke CityStoke124441718-116
15Aston Villa123632020015
16Bolton WanderersBolton124351015-515
17Birmingham CityBirmingham122821312114
18Queens Park RangersQPR12426919-1014
19Rotherham UnitedRotherham12327919-1011
20Millwall122461319-610
21Reading122371520-59
22Preston North EndPreston122371824-69
23Ipswich TownIpswich121651118-79
24Hull City122281019-98

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