LONDON: West Ham’s hopes of securing a place in next season’s Champions League came to an end after a 1-1 draw with Brighton earlier this morning while Leeds thrashed Burnley 4-0 at Turf Moor in a clash overshadowed by a fight between Ezgjan Alioski and Dwight McNeil.
The Hammers are now five points behind the top four with two games remaining after two late goals at Amex Stadium.
Danny Welbeck’s goal gave Brighton the opening goal just six minutes before the end of the game with the visitors trying to find the winning goal.
Substitute Said Benrahma equalized with his first goal in the Premier League three minutes later, but a point was collected to put David Moyes’ side still in sixth place.
“It’s obviously bad because we’re targeting the Champions League,” said West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, who is back after injury.
“We can’t rely on other teams to lose. We have to play and win. We drew too many and lost a little bit.”
West Ham are fortunate to remain in the top flight next season in the final but provide a great challenge for a place in Europe and can still play in the Europa League if they win their last two matches.