BRIGHTON, England (AP) – Everton failed to keep up with local rivals Liverpool in the European qualifiers, losing 2 points to Brighton 0-0 on Monday. With a score of 0.
Without the top striker Dominic Calvert-Levin due to a back injury, “Emerton” made only one goal in the 71st minute at “Amex” stadium. He got a late chance to replace Alex Iwobi, who erupted when he was free in that area.
The result left Everton four games unbeaten, finishing eighth, four points behind fourth-placed Liverpool and seven behind West Ham.
In the fight to avoid the retreat, Brighton moved up from 15th place to Burnley, now seven points behind third-placed Fulham. The South Coast team has 33 points from 31 games in a row.
Everton have been impressive on the pitch this season, with 14 away games, seven wins from 29 away games and just one defeat.
But the Toffees struggled to force themselves against Brighton, who kept the ball well, with center-back Yves Bisuma being the most skilled player on the pitch.
Brighton missed the cutting edge when Leandro Trossard fired a backhand shot and Bisuma’s ambitious header hit the net.
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