Southampton win promotion to PL2 Division 1

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www.premierleague.com|14-May-2019 13:35

Southampton will be playing in Premier League 2 Division 1 next season after securing promotion with a 2-1 win over Newcastle United in the Division 2 playoff final.

Daniel N'Lundulu headed in the opener for Southampton, benefiting from home advantage due to their second-place league finish compared to Newcastle's fourth position, on 39 minutes at St Mary's Stadium.

Tyreke Johnson finished off a counter-attack to make it 2-0 nine minutes after half-time, before Owen Bailey's 81st-minute strike for the Magpies set up a tense finale.

Saints defender Christoph Klarer made a brilliant block from Elias Sorensen's close-range shot deep into stoppage time as the home side held on to join champions Wolverhampton Wanderers in gaining promotion from Division 2. 

The win over Newcastle ends a two-season absence from Division 1 for Radhi Jaidi's team.