2021-22 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Kieffer Moore (83')

Bournemouth clinch promotion back to Premier League after beating Nottingham Forest

Bournemouth's clever free-kick goal secures automatic promotion (1:06)

Kieffer Moore sends Bournemouth back to the Premier League with a free-kick goal in a 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest. (1:06)

Bournemouth will be back in the Premier League next season after the south-coast club sealed promotion from the Championship with a 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.

Kieffer Moore scored the only goal of the game, via a smartly worked free kick, with just seven minutes of the 90 remaining to send the Bournemouth fans into raptures.

The result means Bournemouth are guaranteed to claim the second automatic promotion place ahead of Forest, behind already crowned champions Fulham.

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"We locked eyes and just saw the space. Thankfully Phil [Billing] played me the ball and the rest is history," Moore told Sky Sports.

Bournemouth spent five seasons in the Premier League before being relegated in 2020. After finishing sixth and being eliminated from the playoffs in their first season down in the Championship last year, Scott Parker has led them back to the top flight with a game to spare this time around.

Nottingham Forest went into the game at the Vitality Stadium a place behind Bournemouth but knowing that a win would put them in front on goal difference and in charge of their own fate heading into the final round of fixtures. However, Forest will now have to settle for a place in the playoffs for the one remaining promotion place.

Bournemouth got off to a good start, creating their first chance after a couple of minutes but Forest keeper Brice Samba denied midfielder Billing.

Forest striker Sam Surridge found space in the ninth minute after a brilliant long-range cross from defender Djed Spence but he smashed his finish against the crossbar.

Both sides created further chances in an attacking first half, which ended goalless.

After a slow start to the second period, Bournemouth got on top, but Forest held firm until Bournemouth defender Jordan Zemura won the decisive free kick on the edge of the box.

"I've not really slept this week. The first-half was emotional. Then we had a moment of magic from Kieffer [Moore] and we're in the Premier League," winger Ryan Christie told Sky Sports.

Bournemouth will finish the season at home to eighth-placed Millwall on Saturday when Forest travel to 18th-placed Hull City.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

English League Championship Standings

1 Burnley 21 +17 41
2 Sheffield United 21 +16 38
3 Blackburn Rovers 21 +2 36
4 Watford 21 +6 33
5 Norwich City 21 +6 32
6 Queens Park Rangers 21 +2 31
7 Millwall 21 +1 31
8 Swansea City 21 -1 31
9 Preston North End 21 -2 31
10 Sunderland 21 +6 30
11 Luton Town 21 +1 30
12 Coventry City 19 +3 29
13 Reading 21 -7 29
14 Birmingham City 21 +3 28
15 Middlesbrough 21 +3 27
16 Rotherham United 21 -1 26
17 Stoke City 21 -5 25
18 Bristol City 21 -2 24
19 Cardiff City 21 -8 24
20 Hull City 21 -14 24
21 West Bromwich Albion 20 0 23
22 Wigan Athletic 21 -10 23
23 Blackpool 21 -9 22
24 Huddersfield Town 20 -7 19