13 May 2010

International Wire Story

6:40 pm on 13 May 2010

Leicester City's hopes of a return to English football's Premier League have ended after the Frenchman Yann Kermorgant helped Cardiff City win their Championship playoff semi-final on penalties.

The match ended with Leicester ahead 3-2 on the night and 3-3 on aggregate and went to apenaty shootout after extra time failed to separate the sides.

Six penalties were converted before Kermorgant tried a cheeky but weak shot down the middle of the goal, giving the sprawling Cardiff keeper David Marshall time to claw the ball away.

Cardiff play Blackpool at Wembley on May 22 in a game worth around 90 million pounds -- the most lucrative fixture in world football.

Newcastle and West Bromwich Albion have been promoted already.