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Sessegnon inspires Fulham to play-off final

Cottagers on the brink of Premier League promotion

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London: Teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon scored once and created another as Fulham edged closer to a Premier League return on Monday with a 2-0 win over Derby County in their Championship play-off.

Thanks to a 2-1 aggregate victory, the ‘Cottagers’ will now play the winners of Tuesday’s clash between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough with the former leading 1-0 after the first leg at Wembley on May 26.

English wingback Sessegnon, 17 — whose performances have attracted the attention of Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and French champions Paris Saint-Germain — brought the tie level two minutes into the second-half with his 16th goal of the season, before his corner was headed home by centre-back Denis Odoi in the 66th minute.

For Fulham — bidding to regain their Premier League status after a hiatus of four seasons — it is a historic moment as it was is the first time they have won in eight play-off matches.

“We showed a lot of bottle,” Sessegnon told Sky Sports.

“Credit to the lads, we pushed and pushed and should have scored in the first half.

“Thankfully, I got the goal and it changed the game. The second put pressure on them. We believe in our style of play.”

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