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Football: Own-goal double derails Everton's faltering Champions League bid

Published on Apr 26, 2014 11:31 PM

LONDON (AFP) - Everton suffered a huge blow in their quest for Champions League football after a pair of own goals saw them lose 2-0 to Southampton at St Mary's on Saturday.

The loss meant Everton remained a point behind Arsenal (70), who currently occupy the fourth and final Champions League spot on offer to Premier League clubs, ahead of the Gunners' match at home to Newcastle on Monday.

Everton, whose 2-0 victory over Manchester United last week led to their former manager David Moyes' sacking by the English champions, were behind as early as the first minute courtesy of a bizarre own-goal.

Antolin Alacaraz got in front of the player he was marking to somehow head a cross from Southampton's Rickie Lambert past Toffees goalkeeper Tim Howard.

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