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West Ham’s CL hopes damaged by 1-0 loss to Everton

West Ham’s chances of reaching the Champions League for the first time were limited by a 1-0 home defeat to Everton in the Premier League on Sunday, when Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored in the first half.

The England striker scored 16 league goals in a season, running past Ben Godfrey’s slip rule and slipping low past West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski in 24th place.

Everton celebrated their 11th away win of the campaign and came close to three points from fifth-placed West Ham, who failed to take advantage of an unexpected 4-2 defeat to Leicester’s rival at modest Newcastle on Friday.

Leicester, down to fourth, are five points ahead of West Ham with three games remaining. Liverpool are one point and a second behind and have a game in hand.

The rest of West Ham’s games look simpler than Leicester, but there are games ahead of us against Brighton, West Bromwich Albion and Southampton. Leicester has yet to play Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham.

Everton can match West Ham on points by winning their match against Aston Villa on Thursday and have good matches with Wolverhampton and the already relegated Sheffield United.

Both teams hit the post in an end-to-end second half with Vladimir Kufal hitting a low to West Ham and heading out Josh King for Everton.

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