European dream of Sheffield United over by loss of Everton


Sheffield United’s dreams of playing next season in the Europa League are all but gone as they have fallen to a home loss on Everton.

Richarlison scored the only goal of the game, heading beautifully past Dean Henderson into the break-in less than a minute.

United manager Chris Wilder named an unchanged starting 11 after being quite dismissive of the side’s exploits last time out but was unimpressed again as they struggled to create chances or check out especially 18-year-old Jarrad Branthwaite, who made his full Premier League debut in Everton’s defense center.

Richarlison did very well to add power and pace to a Gylfi Sigurdsson set piece from the middle of the pitch, and eventually to resolve the tie.

David McGoldrick lost his balance and blazed over with the final kick of the game from 16 yards out, but still had a host of bodies to get past the ball, although Billy Sharp’s substitute also squandered a rare entrance for the hosts when his touch let him down.

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