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Jebbison Joy as Everton European Hopes Hang by Thread

 

Everton’s hopes of qualifying for Europe hang by a thread after 17-year-old Daniel Jebbison sealed Sheffield United’s 1-0 win at Goodison Park with his first Premier League goal on his first top-flight start.

The Canadian-born forward became the competition’s youngest goalscorer on their full debut, and it is doubtful whether he will find the net with an easier chance against a static home defence.

Earlier this season, Jebbison was on loan at Vanarama National League North side Chorley and only got his first taste of first-team football with the Blades as a 65th-minute substitute last weekend.

But his goal and an inspired performance from goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale were enough to consign Carlo Ancelotti’s side to a ninth home defeat, equalling their worst record from 1950-51 and 1993-94, with one match still to come at Goodison against Wolves on Wednesday.

Defeat almost certainly ended their chances of European football as they remain eighth, three points behind Tottenham and West Ham with a vastly-inferior goal difference.

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