WATCH: Dramatic finish closes out high-stakes soccer match

By Evan Hilbert |

Watford's Troy Deeney's dramatic 96th minute goal propelled his club into a playoff championship later this month to potentially claim a spot in Europe's Premier League.

But, less than a minute earlier, the shoe was on the other foot.

Here's the scene: Watford and Leicester City were matched up in the semifinal leg of the Championship playoffs, with the winner headed to the championship to face either Brighton or Crystal Palace for a spot in the Barclay's Premier League. Leicester had won the first match 1-0, and therefore -- though Leicester trailed 2-1 in the match Sunday -- the aggregate score was locked up at 2-all.

The Championship playoffs have been called the most valuable in sports with the winner receiving more than $80 million in TV revenue because they join the English Premier League.

So as Leicester's Anthony Knockaert lined up a penalty kick in extra time, it looked for all the world like Watford would be sent home.

What transpired, instead, was a stunning reversal of fortune.

(SKY Sports)

According to England's Daily Mail, Knockaert had started celebrating with the Leicester fans prior to taking his PK, which was subsequently stuffed by Watford keeper Manuel Almunia. Knockaert was singing a different tune after the game.

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