Queens Park Rangers back in Premier League after beating Derby, gain $135 mn

Written by Associated Press | London | Updated: May 25 2014, 03:21am hrs
Queens Park Rangers secured an immediate return to the Premier League - and a promotion windfall of at least 80 million pounds ($135 million) - by beating Derby 1-0 in the League Championship playoff final thanks to a last-minute goal by Bobby Zamora.

Queens Park Rangers played the final 31 minutes with 10 men following Gary O'Neil's straight red card for a cynical last-man foul but in a rare foray forward, Harry Redknapp's team grabbed the winner when Zamora pounced on a poor defensive clearance and sidefooted home a finish.

The match is the most lucrative in world football due to the money clubs earn from being in the Premier League.

Queens Park Rangers, which is promoted along with Leicester and Burnley, had finished fourth in the regular season - a place below Derby.