SWANSEA DEFEAT EVERTON TO LEAVE DANGER ZONE
The battle to remain in the top flight has entered another level with the defeat of Everton FC by Swansea.
Fernando Llorente’s header in the first half was enough to heat up the relegation battle. The 1-0 precious result for the Swans also hampered the Toffees dream of finishing higher in the Premier League this term.
Llorente grabbed his 13th goal of the term, helping the team to leapfrog their rivals Hull City to the 17th spot on the log. Hull had surprisingly lost to relegated Sunderland to put their hopes on a shaky front, particularly with few games left. Swansea are a point above them but if the season ends this way, it is the Tigers that would move back to the Sky Bet Championship.
Everton had already qualified for the Europa League so there was little to fight for. However in the final minutes of the duel, Paul Clement and his boys had their hearts in their mouth as Everton chased an equalizer.
Liberty stadium was bubbling with the news of Hull’s loss. The whole of Southern Wales prayed for their team to get a victory and victory did they get. The guests started the attempt at goal first as RomeluLukakusent his header straight at keeper Lukasz Fabianski. The middle was packed as both sides wanted to get the ball more. Everton saw more of the ball but they toyed with their chances, losing possession easily.
Gylfi Sigurdsson tumbled in the penalty area but the referee Martin Atkinson looked away. Within a minute, Jordan Ayew created space down the left before sending a fine cross. Gareth Barry failed to handle the threat, leaving Llorente to rise above the Toffees skipper Phil Jagielkafor the goal.
Sigurdsson could have scored his few minutes later but his attempt was blocked by Mason Holgate. Ayew combined with Martin Olsson for another chance but Barry was alert this time.
When Ross Barkley came on Everton sprung to life as they sought the equalizer. They piled pressure but the Swans, knowing that the big TV money was at stake, refused to crack.