West Ham United’s hopes of putting real pressure in the season-ending race in the Premier League semi-finals were dashed after losing 1-0 at home to Everton, who kept his hopes for European participation on Sunday.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s goal in the 24th minute was decisive in front of West Ham, who tried repeatedly but never reached his level in an important confrontation.
West Ham’s most dangerous chances to tie were when Vladimir Sofal’s shot rebounded off the post and Jarrod Bowen could not follow the ball in front of the goal.
Everton hit the post in the final minutes through Josh King and then held out to emerge victorious and remain on his way to European participation next season.
West Ham remained in fifth place with 58 points, five behind Leicester City, fourth, three games before the end of the season. Liverpool trail West Ham by one point and have one more game left.
Everton occupies eighth place with 55 points and four games remaining.