Everton’s Champions League Dreams Dashed

Hopes for Everton qualifying for the next season’s Uefa Champions League suffered a major blow when the Toffees conceded two own goals to Southampton on Saturday at St Mary’s Stadium.  Roberto Martinez’s side, who are a point adrift of Arsenal in the race for a top four spot suffered a setback when Antolin Alcaraz headed home Rickie Lambert’s awkward left-wing cross.

Everton’s bad luck came back to haunt them for the second time when Seamus Coleman headed yet another own goal to put the lead at 2-0 to Mauricio Pochettino’s Saints.  The visitors couldn’t make a comeback after this own goal shambles, and Steven Davis should have added a second after Lambert’s well placed ball, but Davis’ attempt went wide.

Although the visitors tried to strengthen their dire situation and made improvements, it was just not enough to find a goal.  Romelu Lukaku managed to get a clear header opportunity but his wasted effort could not change the score as the visitors started to pose more of threat in the second half .

The visitors, who displayed rather different game tactics than the side that beat Arsenal and Manchester United in recent weeks, could be four points behind if the Gunners beat Newcastle United on Monday.