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West Ham Close in on Europe After West Brom win

West Ham put themselves within touching distance of qualification for next season’s Europa League after a 3-1 victory at West Brom.

Tottenham’s defeat earlier in the day had given David Moyes’ side the opportunity to take a giant stride towards European qualification, and they had the chance to take an early lead after Michail Antonio had been felled by goalkeeper Sam Johnstone in the penalty area in the first minute.

However, Declan Ride’s penalty struck the woodwork and the Hammers task was made harder when Matheus Pereira’s corner crept in after a touch from Tomas Soucek.

Soucek atoned for his error, scoring the equaliser just before half-time and the comeback was complete when Angelo Ogbonna headed home in the 82nd minute before Antonio (88) added the gloss to what was a big night for West Ham as they put themselves in pole position to reach the Europa League.

Victory sees the Hammers move up into sixth, three points ahead of Tottenham and Everton with just one game left to play. They play Southampton on the final day on Sunday and a point would see them secure European football for the first time since 2016.

Meanwhile, West Brom’s defeat proved to be Sam Allardyce’s final game at The Hawthorns as it was announced straight after the match he will step down from his post as the club’s head coach at the end of the season.

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