Mohamed Diame has made Hull City a top-flight team again, and, perhaps more importantly, made the club almost $250 million richer.
Diame's wonderstrike in the 72nd minute gave Hull City a 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in front of 70,189 at Wembley Stadium in Saturday's Premier League promotion playoff final, putting the Tigers back in the EPL after a one-year absence and spoiling Sheffield Wednesday's chances at a first return to the top flight since 2000.
Hull City defeated Derby County in the semifinal round to reach Wembley and had the bulk of the chances throughout the tightly contested match, which is deemed the richest game in sports due to the television money at stake. With the Premier League's new lucrative deal kicking in next season, the promotion final has never been worth more, with the winner earning £170 million.
Ross Wallace put a chance on frame for Sheffield Wednesday in the 16th minute, only to have his free kick parried away by Eldin Jakupovic:
Sheffield Wednesday then cleared off the line from Abel Hernandez's header, with Kieran Lee making the important defensive stop. Controversy ensued, though, when it appeared Lee used his hand to block the ensuing shot on the rebound:
Hernandez nearly scored again as Hull continued to bring the pressure, but Keiran Westwood made a vital save in a 1-v-1 situation:
Hull kept knocking on the door through Mohamed Diame, who hit the post after a fantastic individual effort:
Westwood was at it again in the 53rd minute, as Michael Dawson thought he had a great look until the goalkeeper closed down the angle and made the save:
Diame put Hull up, at last, in the 72nd minute with a tremendous strike from long range:
There was drama down to the last second, as Sheffield Wednesday had penalty shouts go unheard in stoppage time:
Hull finished fourth in the League Championship this season, six points behind Middlesbrough for an automatic berth in the Premier League.