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Arsenal stays in fourth place as the English Premier League race heats up


Arsenal remained in fourth place in the English Premier League on Sunday after Gabriel’s header secured a 2-1 win at West Ham to keep it two points ahead of Tottenham. Its north London rival beat Leicester, 3-1, on Son Heungmin’s double.

Arsenal found it hard going before Bukayo Saka’s corner was headed in by Rob Holding in the 38th minute for his first Premier League goal since he made his debut in 2016.

Chelsea looks well placed to qualify for the Champions League despite being only three points ahead of Arsenal with four games remaining after losing, 1-0, at Everton.

It’s a result — secured by Richarliso­n — that gives Everton renewed hope of avoiding relegation after a 68-year stay in the top division.

Everton moved two points from safety with five matches to go and a game in hand over both Leeds and Burnley, which are just above the drop zone.

Richarliso­n’s four goals in his past five league matches are as many as he scored in his first 21 games of the season.

“We’re still in a massive scrap,” Everton captain Seamus Coleman said. “We’ve got to keep going and keep battling.”

Third-place Chelsea has only four points from its past four games.

SPAIN: While Real Madrid’s players went back to training after celebratin­g the club’s latest La Liga title, Barcelona had a peace offering for its fans by ending an embarrassi­ng losing streak at Camp Nou.

Goals from Memphis Depay and Sergio Busquets in each half were enough to beat Mallorca, 2-1, and move Barcelona back ahead of Sevilla into second place. More importantl­y, it opened up a ninepoint gap over fifth-place Real Betis in the fight for a top-four finish and a lucrative Champions

League berth.

But the win was otherwise made meaningles­s after Madrid’s 4-0 victory over Espanyol the day before had clinched its record-extending 35th league title.

ITALY: Goalkeepin­g blunders continue to make a major impact on the Serie A title race.

Following inexcusabl­e errors by Inter Milan’s and Napoli’s goalkeeper­s in recent matches, AC Milan was the beneficiar­y of a massive mistake by Fiorentina’s keeper in the final 10 minutes of a 1-0 win that kept the Rossoneri on track for their first Italian league title in more than a decade.

Roma’s 0-0 draw at home with Bologna removed the Gialloross­i from contention for the Champions League places — which will go to Milan, Inter, Napoli and Juventus.

FRANCE: A wasteful Marseille saw its lead in the race for second place shrink to three points after it lost to Lyon, 3-0, in Ligue 1.

The top two French clubs enter the group stage of the Champions League while the third-place team goes to the third qualifying round of the lucrative European competitio­n.

MLS: Randall Leal scored on a penalty kick in the 85th minute, and Nashville SC opened Geodis Park and earned a 1-1 draw with the Philadelph­ia Union (5-1-3).

The tie extended Nashville’s home unbeaten streak to 20 — the seventh-longest run in league history. Nashville (3-3-3) was unbeaten in its previous 19 matches at Nissan Stadium. The new park — with a capacity of 30,000 — is the largest soccer-only venue in the United States and Canada. . . .

New York City FC (4-3-1) broke a scoreless tie with a three-goal outburst late in the second half, and Sean Johnson had three saves in a 3-0 victory over the visiting San Jose Earthquake­s (1-5-3).

NWSL: Mccall Zerboni, Margaret Purce and Kristie Mewis scored to lead NJ/NY Gotham FC past the visiting Orlando Pride, 3-0. . . .

Jodie Taylor scored as the San Diego Wave defeated the visiting Houston Dash, 1-0.

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