How Everton dealt West Ham's top four hopes a massive blow on Sunday

Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the lone goal of the match to win three points and keep Everton's European dreams alive.

Everton beat West Ham 1-0 courtesy of a Calvert-Lewin goal; Credit: Twitter/@Everton

Everton beat West Ham United in a Premier League match in the London Stadium on Sunday to keep their Champions League hopes alive. Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s first half goal was enough to seal the three points for Everton against West Ham. Both the teams were denied by the woodwork in the second half. West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was the busier of the two. It was Everton’s 11th away win of the campaign. West Ham missed the chance to put pressure on top four. In the other match of the day Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Brighton 2-1 at the Molineux stadium.

Everton right-back Ben Godfrey’s grounded through ball picked up Calvert-Lewin’s run. The English striker slotted the ball past West Ham goalkeeper Lokasz Fabianski with a low shot to score the only goal of the match. It was his 16th goal of the season.

Lukasz Fabianki denied the away team from extending their lead with a number of fine saves. Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick was well kept away by the Polish goalkeeper’s diving save to the right. He made two quick saves to deny Richarlison from inside the penalty box.

West Ham’s first real threat came from a Said Benrahma header. Pablo Fornals’ cross from the right side found an unmarked Benrahma at the far post. However, his free header went over the crossbar. Fornals was again involved in a West Ham attack. The Spanish midfielder played a one-two with Antonio outside the penalty area and laid the ball to right-back Vladmir Coufal. The Czech internationals low shot hit the far post and substitute Jarrod Bowen couldn’t bundle in the rebound.

League standings

Late in the game, Calvert-Lewin’s lofted cross found substitute Joshua King, who’s header hit the post and went into Fabianski’s hands. The match turned out to be an end-to-end action but both teams weren’t clinical in the final third.

After the loss, Davis Moyes’ side are fifth in the points table with 58 points from 35 games, five points adrift fourth placed Leicester City and one point ahead of sixth placed Liverpool, who have a game in hand. West Ham will next play against Brighton, West Brom and Southampton in their remaining fixtures. The Hammers are looking to qualify for their first Champions League campaign.

The win helps Carlo Ancelotti’s side to 55 points from 34 games and they could go level on points with West Ham with a victory against Aston Villa in their next fixture on Thursday.

Early on Sunday, Wolves came from behind to beat Brighton 2-1 at home. Adam Traore canceled out Lewis Dunk’s first half goal and Morgan Gibbs-White scored the winner in the 90th minute to seal the three points for the home side.

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