Norwich back in Premier League after winning playoff final

LONDON (AP) — Norwich secured an immediate return to the Premier League and a promotion windfall of approximately $235 million by beating Middlesbrough 2-0 in the second-tier playoff final on Monday.

Norwich seized control of world football’s most lucrative club match thanks to goals by Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond by the 15th minute at Wembley Stadium.

Middlesbrough, managed by former Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka, had beaten Norwich in both of their meetings in the League Championship’s regular season.

Norwich joins already promoted Watford and Bournemouth in the Premier League.

The playoff final is the world’s richest football game due to the money clubs earn from the Premier League’s huge domestic and global broadcasting deals, as well as prize money and potential income from future relegation payments.