Everton defeat Chelsea, Tottenham close to qualifying for European Champions

Everton have strengthened their chances of staying in the English Premier League and Tottenham for a Champions League place next season, with a difficult first win over their guest Chelsea 1-0 and the second at home against Leicester City 3-1 on Sunday, in the thirty-fifth stage.

In the first game, Brazilian striker Richarlison and international goalkeeper Jordan Pickford forced themselves out of the game as two stars, as the first scored the winning goal in the 46th minute and the second saved his team from several goals scored.

Everton have kept their hopes up for the first time in 68 years and avoid the spotlight, after raising their score to 32 points in eighteenth place, two points behind Burnley and Leeds United, sixteenth and seventeenth respectively, but he played one game less. if they.

Richarlison was pleased with the expectations of his coach, former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, as he scored his eighth goal this season as the most productive player in the ranks of the “Toffees” and the fourth in his last five games.

“The fans are in the middle of this,” Lampard told Sky Sports. “I’m glad the players can see what (winning) means for the fans.”

“They know it and they understand it. They stood behind us, they were so aggressive, this (Goodison Stadium) must be a difficult place to get to.”

Everton avoided a third game without a win, after leveling with Leicester City on April 20 and losing 0-2 in the final phase of the Merseyside derby to Liverpool.

Chelsea, on the other hand, failed to win for the second consecutive game as they were drawn 1-1 with Manchester United in the middle of the week in a match hosted from the 37th stage due to the Blues’ obsession with the cup final against Liverpool on 14 May at Wembley Stadium.

At Goodison Park in Liverpool, the first half ended negatively between the two teams, with more possession for Chelsea and a dangerous opportunity for Everton with a shot from Anthony Gordon from 25 yards that went past the left post of Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy (33). ) has passed. .

The referee did not blow the whistle at the start of the second half until Everton opened the scoring after an error by the blues captain, veteran Spanish defender Cesar Aspilicueta, in front of the penalty area, which Demray Gray used to to succeed. to Richarlison, who cheated on goalkeeper Mendy, 46.

Pickford’s review began after a shot from Mason Mount hit the right post and reached Espiliquita, who was crawling on the left post, to miraculously stop the international goalkeeper (59) with his right hand, and another in his face, before he with his fist a powerful shot from 25 meters to Ruben Loftus-Cheek (79) and a shot from inside The area is from the Moroccan substitute Hakim Ziyech after a pass from the Spaniard Marcos Alonso (90 +3).

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In London, Tottenham boosted their chances of a place in the Champions League by beating Leicester City 3-1.

South Korean Son Heung-min forced himself as a star in the encounter by scoring two goals in the 60th and 79th minutes, and passing the ball to the first goal of his fellow international striker Harry Kane ( 22).

The honorable goal was scored by the Nigerian loser, Kelechi Ihyanacho (90 + 1).

Tottenham, under the supervision of Italian coach Antonio Conte, have returned to the winning series after a draw and loss in their previous two games to climb to fourth place with 61 points, one point ahead of Arsenal, who are the last qualifiers positions for the Champions League when they later visit West Ham.

“No one could have imagined when I arrived in November that we would be able to stay in this race, but they deserved to fight for such an important place,” Conte told the BBC.

“It is not easy to qualify for the Champions League in England,” he added.

On the other hand, Leicester, who have fallen to eleventh place, have not tasted a victory in the last four games in the league, in addition to a 1-1 draw at home to Roma on Thursday in the first leg of the “Conference “. League “semi-final before moving to the Italian capital next week.

The “Three Lions” captain opened the scoring with a header after a pass from Heung-min and scored his 19th goal against Leicester in 18 games, including 17 in the league, while setting the record for the absolute number of goals in the “Premier League” was. “against the same opponent belongs to the striker. Former international Alan Shearer with 20 goals against Leeds.

In the second half, Heung-min added the second after a pass from Swedish newcomer Dejan Koloshevsky (61), before the third South Korean passed with a curling ball outside the reach of Leicester’s Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (79) , which increased his score. to 19 goals in second place in Rankings of scorers behind the leader, Liverpool’s Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah (22).

And in the first minute of halftime for the second half, Iyanacho narrowed the gap for Leicester without any impact on the game.

The stage ends on Monday when Brentford come to Old Trafford to face Manchester United under Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo, who is third in the league’s top scorer (17).

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