Forest to play Huddersfield for place in the Premier League

Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba, left, and Brennan Johnson celebrate after defeating Sheffield United in a penalty kick shootout in a Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final, second leg soccer match at the City Ground, Nottingham, England, Tuesday May 17, 2022. (Zac Goodwin/PA via AP)

NOTTINGHAM — Nottingham Forest will play Huddersfield for a place in the Premier League after reaching the Championship playoff final thanks to a penalty shootout victory over Sheffield United on Tuesday.

Forest lost the second leg of the semifinals 2-1 after extra time, making it 3-3 on aggregate, but won 3-2 on penalties at the City Ground after three saves by goalkeeper Brice Samba.

A two-time European champion, Forest was last in the top flight in 1999. The team can return there by beating Huddersfield at Wembley Stadium on May 29 in one of the most lucrative games in world soccer because of the riches on offer in the Premier League through its broadcasting deals and prize money.

Huddersfield was promoted to the Premier League in 2017 after 45 years in the lower league, before getting relegated in 2019.

Canadian international fullback Richie Laryea, formerly of Toronto FC, was on the bench for Nottingham Forest. The 27-year-old Laryea has won 24 caps for Canada.

Canadian-born forward Daniel Jebbison was among the Sheffield United substitutes.

Jebbison, who attended the ANB Futbol academy in suburban Toronto from age six to 14, became the youngest player in Premier League history — at 17 years 309 days — to score on his first start in England’s top tier in Sheffield United’s 1-0 win at Everton last May.

The 18-year-old Jebbison has represented England at the youth level, although he has received invitations from Canada Soccer.

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