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Derby vs. Queens Park Rangers: Simulating Championship Play-off Final on FIFA 14

DERBY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Craig Bryson of Derby County skips past Clint Hill and Richard Dunne of Queens Park Rangers during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Queens Park Rangers on February 10, 2014 in Derby, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistMay 24, 2014

Derby or Queens Park Rangers are one win away from the Premier League.

Often called the "richest game in football," it is estimated the club that wins the play-off final will receive an additional £120 million from competing in England's top division, as reported by Zander Swinburne of The Independent.

Of course, for QPR, the realities of reaching the promised land are all too familiar. Still struggling with a huge wage bill that far exceeds Borussia Dortmund's and losses that trump Manchester City's, per the Express, the London-based side know the hard work begins with play-off victory at Wembley.

Can Harry Redknapp return his men to the top division at the first time of asking? Will Steve McClaren crush memories of that brolly to mark Derby's return? We fired up an Xbox One copy of FIFA 14 with that question in mind.


Derby vs. Queens Park Rangers: FIFA 14 Highlights

As expected, this was a tight affair. Derby had the chance to go ahead, but ultimately, Charlie Austin's late strike made all the difference. A heartbreaker of a goal if you're a Pride Park regular. Football is a cruel game, analysis amplified when the smallest of margins define seasons and, indeed, huge amounts of money.

Can QPR replicate this victory in real life? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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