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LONDON (AP) — Fulham secured an instant return to the Premier League on Tuesday after one season away by beating west London rival Brentford 2-1 in the Championship playoff final.

Joe Bryan scored twice in extra time at Wembley to give Fulham the win in what is widely called the most lucrative game in football.

Fulham will receive at least 135 million pounds ($176 million) over three years after securing promotion, a year after being relegated from the world’s richest football league.

Fulham owner Shahid Khan failed with a bid to buy Wembley a year ago, and his team had to celebrate in an empty stadium on Tuesday due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bryan broke the deadlock after catching goalkeeper David Raya by surprise with a free kick from nearly 35 yards in the 105th minute as both teams expected a cross into the box.

“The goalkeeper comes ridiculously far off his line,” Bryan said.

The left back netted again in the 117th minute after playing a one-two with Aleksandar Mitrovic to clinch promotion in Scott Parker’s first full season in charge of Fulham.

Brentford, which boasted a 59-goal strike force in Said Benrahma, Bryan Mbeumo and Ollie Watkins, was kept in check in the most important match of the season.

Henrik Dalsgaard’s header in the third minute of stoppage time was too late for Brentford, which was trying to return to the top division after a 73-year absence.

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Bayern Munich plot emergency last-minute Thomas Lemar loan transfer from Atletico Madrid after Leroy Sane injury

BAYERN MUNICH are reportedly plotting an emergency last-minute loan for Atletico Madrid's Thomas Lemar following Leroy Sane's injury.

Bild Sport reports former Manchester City winger Sane, 24, has a knee problem which is expected to keep him out for three to four weeks.

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Sane joined Bayern earlier in this window for £54.8m from City and his fitness blow could force the German champs to make a move in the transfer market.

And the report states Arsenal target Lemar, 24, is potentially available immediately to help plug the gap and add depth to boss Hansi Flick's attacking options.

The Champions League winners would prefer a loan deal but Atleti would rather agree a permanent sale but they need to get a move on with the window slamming shut on Monday.

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Sane endured an injury-riddled campaign last year, managing only 11 minutes on the pitch after tearing his ACL in August 2019.

Lemar joined Diego Simeone's side in 2018 from Monaco for a staggering £62m but has failed to hit the heights expected at the Wanda Metropolitano.

A return of no goals or assists in 29 games in all competitions last season, convinced Atletico to put him up for sale.

However, like Bayern, reports suggest interested clubs have so far only put forward loan moves.

The Gunners were linked with Lemar when he still at Monaco, but talk of a swap deal with Alexandre Lacazette surfaced in May.

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Yet his dismal form and the signing of Willian from Chelsea means it is unlikely Lemar will be arriving at London Colney to play under Mikel Arteta.

Lemar was thought to have rejected a move to Porto with his heart set on joining a Premier League club.

Everton and Wolves are both reportedly interested in making a move but time is running out for a deal to be completed.

Lemar's stock has fallen dramatically after previously being linked with Prem big-hitters Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham - none of whom are interested now.

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