Huddersfield 0-0 Nottingham Forest LIVE! Play-off final match stream, latest score and goal updates today
With the Champions League now done and dusted, there is the small matter of the Championship play-off final to contend with.
Steve Cooper is aiming to take Nottingham Forest back into the big time with today’s game at Wembley the final step in what could be a journey like no other.
Struggling at the bottom of the league when he was appointed, Cooper could write himself into Forest folklore with a win that would return the club to the top-flight for the first time in 23 years.
Huddersfield, meanwhile, have been on quite the journey of their own.
After a few years of struggle when relegated from the Premier League in 2019, the club are once again on the up under Carlos Corberan.
Not many would have predicted they would get so close to making it back so soon and, as romantic a notion as having Forest back in the top tier is for the neutral, the Terriers returning would be some achievement.
Huddersfield Town vs. Nottingham Forest live score, updates, highlights & lineups from Championship playoff final
The 2021/22 Championship playoff final is here as Huddersfield Town bid to return to the Premier League after three seasons away and Nottingham Forest look to reach the top flight for the first time since 1999.
Steve Cooper's Forest and Carlos Corberan's Huddersfield go head-to-head at Wembley knowing victory in the capital presents the opportunity of a lifetime with the Championship playoff final often billed as the 'richest game in football'.
Huddersfield Town vs. Nottingham Forest live updates, highlights from Championship playoff final
2 mins: Jon Moss is the referee today and straight away he awards Huddersfield a free-kick in the middle of the pitch but it comes to nothing and Forest build from the back.
We're underway! Forest kick us off and Cooper's side are attacking towards the Huddersfield end.
5 mins from kickoff: A wonderful rendition of the national anthem is belted out by everyone inside the stadium and we're just moments away from kickoff now. It is LOUD in here. Sadly, the huge replica giant trophy has been wheeled off the pitch too.
8 mins from kickoff: A banner from the Forest end is unfurled that reads 'Far have we travelled, much have we seen'. Forest fans are in attendance at the new Wembley Stadium for the first time and are hoping it's a first trip to remember.
15 min from kickoff: The players have left the pitch for their final pre-match team-talk of the season as Cooper and Corberan deliver one final motivational talk. The Forest fans have packed out their end but there's still a few empty seats in the Huddersfield section. Oh, and a beach ball has just landed in the press box. A party atmosphere for sure awaits the players.
30 mins from kickoff: So who will be lifting this trophy come full-time? (The one on the left, by the way...)
40 mins from kickoff: The atmosphere is building at Wembley with fans starting to take their seats. Considering this is the last EFL playoff of the season the pitch still looks immaculate. Huddersfield players are the first to take to the field for their warmup and a few minutes later Forest join them to a huge roar from the red half of the stadium.
70 mins from kickoff: Don't be surprised to keep hearing today's match being dubbed 'the richest game in football'. Here's just how much money is at stake for both teams today.
Previous estimates broadly place the figure at £100 million ($125m) as an 'immediate' cash win, but figures vary year-on-year and continue to rise despite concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic causing it to reduce during 2022/23.
TV revenue alone is estimated at £3.1 billion ($3.9 billion) a season in the Premier League, with a minimum payment of £100m ($125m) for the lowest-ranked team in the division, in comparison to £7m ($8m) per club in the Championship.
Figures from Deloitte in 2020 estimated an increase in overall club revenue from £135m ($170m) to £265m ($333m), depending on non-TV agreements, with 2022 calculations placing it closer to £200m ($225m) as a base line.
90 mins from kickoff: So how did both teams reach Wembley?
Huddersfield finished third in the Championship and booked their spot at Wembley courtesy of a 2-1 aggregate win over Luton Town in the playoff semi-finals.
In the other semi-finals, fourth-placed Sheffield United headed to the Forest's City Ground 1-0 down but a 2-1 win for the visitors forced extra-time and then penalties.
Forest held their nerve in the shoot-out to win 3-2 on penalties courtesy of three saves from goalkeeper Brice Samba.
2 hours from kickoff: Hello and welcome to today's live coverage of the Championship playoff final at Wembley. Only one team can join already promoted Fulham and Bournemouth and we're at Wembley to see if Huddersfield Town or Nottingham Forest will be the final team confirmed to play in the 2022/23 Premier League season.