Coventry win, on verge of dream Premier League return
Coventry are one game away from returning to the Premier League for the first time since 2001.
Gustavo Hamer scored the only goal in the 57th minute to give Coventry a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough in the second leg of the Championship playoff semi-finals on Wednesday night.
That was enough to put the visitors through the playoff final against Luton at Wembley on May 27, often dubbed the world's most lucrative one-off soccer game because of guaranteed earnings the winner will get for reaching the Premier League.
Coventry advanced 1-0 on aggregate after a 0-0 draw in the first leg.
The goal came after Ben Sheaf pounced on a loose pass and fed forward Viktor Gyokeres, who evaded the goalkeeper before Hamer took over, stepped inside and shot into the top corner.
Coventry had spent more than 30 consecutive years in England's top division before being relegated from the Premier League in 2001, and haven't been back since.
They can become the first team to go from the Premier League down to the fourth tier and back up to the top flight should they join Burnley and Sheffield United who were promoted as Championship winners and runners-up.
They were playing in the fourth-division League Two as recently as 2017-18 and had a rough start to this season, having to postpone some of their early home games because of the state of the pitch in their stadium.
In January, businessman Doug King became the new owner of the club with the team sitting 15th in the table.
Luton, a club located just north of London who were last in England's top division in 1991-92, beat Sunderland 2-0 on Tuesday to advance 3-2 on aggregate.