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Result: Charlie Austin brace sends Queens Park Rangers into Championship playoff final

Queens Park Rangers come from behind to beat Wigan Athletic in extra time and reach the final of the Championship playoffs.

Queens Park Rangers came from behind to beat Wigan Athletic in extra time at Loftus Road, sealing a place in the Championship playoff final.

Charlie Austin of Queens Park Rangers scores QPR's 2nd goal in extra time during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final second leg match between Queens Park Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Loftus Road on May 12, 2014© Getty Images

Scott Carson had to make an early save for the Latics, clearing from a third-minute corner before Kevin Doyle fired over.

The visitors were ahead inside the opening 10 minutes though as James McClean sent in a low cross for James Perch, who just had to tap in from close range.

James Perch of Wigan celebrates scoring the 1st goal during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final second leg match between Queens Park Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Loftus Road on May 12, 2014© Getty Images

Perch tried to set up a second goal later in the first half, but Shaun Maloney could not squeeze the ball in from his cross.

QPR were on the attack early in the second half as they tried to get back on level terms, but a curling effort from Junior Hoilett crept just wide.

Wigan wanted a penalty just after the hour mark when Callum McManaman went down under a challenge from Joey Barton in the area, but the referee judged it to be a fair challenge.

Just five minutes later, the Hoops were awarded a spot kick of their own down the other end when a mistimed challenge from Gary Caldwell brought down Hoilett, allowing Charlie Austin to level from the spot.

Wigan brought Martyn Waghorn off the bench in a bid to restore their lead, but his first shot of the night went straight into the hands of Robert Green.

Carson was kept busy in the closing minutes of the regulation 90 minutes, with Bobby Zamora looking for the winner for QPR, but the Wigan keeper did enough to send the game into extra time.

QPR took the lead for the first time in the two legs of this tie just six minutes into the additional period when Zamora played the ball in for Austin, who quickly unleashed a powerful strike to claim his second of the day.

The striker had a chance to wrap up his hat-trick at the start of the second half of extra time as he tried to volley the ball in from outside the box, but Carson was able to tip the ball over.

Wigan piled forward in the final minutes of the match as they desperately sought an equaliser, but could not find the back of the net.

QPR will face Derby County in the final at Wembley for a place in the Premier League later this month.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leeds UnitedLeeds28166647301754
2Norwich CityNorwich28158552361653
3West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom28148657352250
4Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd28155846291750
5Middlesbrough281211531201147
6Derby CountyDerby2813784035546
7Bristol City2812883529644
8Hull City28117104135640
9Swansea CitySwansea28117103732540
10Blackburn RoversBlackburn28101083741-440
11Birmingham CityBirmingham2891274033739
12Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest2891273932739
13Aston Villa2891275145639
14Queens Park RangersQPR28116113439-539
15Stoke CityStoke2891183335-238
16Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds2898113345-1235
17Brentford28810104339434
18Preston North EndPreston2889114345-233
19Millwall2878133444-1029
20Wigan AthleticWigan2885152841-1329
21Rotherham UnitedRotherham28510132746-1925
22Reading2858153143-1223
23Bolton WanderersBolton2857161842-2422
24Ipswich TownIpswich2839162248-2618

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