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

<p>LONDON &mdash; West Ham’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time were damaged by a 1-0 home loss to Everton in the Premier League on Sunday, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring the first-half winner.</p>
<p>The England striker moved onto 16 league goals for the season by running onto Ben Godfrey’s slide-rule pass and slipping a low finish past West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski in the 24th.</p>
<p>Everton celebrated an 11th away win of the campaign and closed to within three points of fifth-place West Ham, which failed to take advantage of top-four rival Leicester’s surprising 4-2 loss to lowly Newcastle on Friday.</p>
<p>Leicester, which has dropped to fourth place, is five points ahead of West Ham with three games remaining. Liverpool is a point and a place further back, and has a game in hand.</p>
<p>West Ham’s remaining fixtures look easier than Leicester’s, however, with games to come against Brighton, West Bromwich Albion and Southampton. Leicester still has to play Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham.</p>
<p>Everton can move level on points with West Ham by winning its game in hand, against Aston Villa on Thursday, and has benign-looking fixtures against Wolverhampton and already-relegated Sheffield United to come.</p>
<p>Both teams struck the post in an end-to-end second half — Vladimir Coufal off a low drive for West Ham and substitute Josh King with a header for Everton.</p>
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