Everton ekes out win after more penalty woes for Fulham

Everton's Alex Iwobi, left, challenges Fulham's Antonee Robinson during the English Premier League soccer match between Fulham and Everton, at Craven Cottage stadium, London, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (John Sibley, Pool via AP)

LONDON — Aided by another embarrassing missed penalty by Fulham, Everton ended its three-match losing streak in the Premier League with a 3-2 win on Sunday as Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored twice to continue his brilliant start to the season.

Two weeks after Ademola Lookman failed with a scuffed, injury-time ``Panenka'' penalty at West Ham, Ivan Cavaleiro took over spot-kick duties for Fulham but slipped as he attempted his shot, kicked the ball against his standing foot and saw it loop over the crossbar.

Everton was leading 3-1 at the time and although Fulham set up a tense finale with a second goal in the 70th minute by Ruben Loftus-Cheek, the visitors held on to return to winning ways after losses to Southampton, Newcastle and Manchester United.

Calvert-Lewin has scored 10 goals this season — the most in the league — after striking 42 seconds in and again in the 29th minute following an equalizer by Bobby De Cordova-Reid.

Abdoulaye Doucoure headed in a cross from Lucas Digne for his first goal for Everton to put the team 3-1 ahead in the 35th.

Everton started the season with four straight wins but hadn't won any of its previous four games.

Pepe sent off for headbutt as Arsenal draws at Leeds

LEEDS, England — Arsenal coped with the sending-off of Nicolas Pepe for a headbutt to eke out a 0-0 draw at Leeds in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Ivory Coast international was shown a straight red card in the 51st minute after an off-the-ball incident in which he walked up to Ezgjan Alioski and moved his head toward the forehead of the Leeds left back, who fell to the ground theatrically.

Pepe was making just his second start in the league this season, having struggled to establish himself in the team after moving to Arsenal from French club Lille in the off-season of 2019 in a deal worth a reported 80 million euros ($89 million).

Leeds dominated the rest of the second half but couldn't find a way past Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who produced a flying save to tip over a shot from Stuart Dallas before seeing efforts from substitute Rodrigo, striker Patrick Bamford and winger Raphinha hit the crossbar, post and crossbar, respectively.

Arsenal had a chance to snatch victory late on at Elland Road, only for Bukayo Saka to have a shot blocked as he rounded the goalkeeper after being played clean through on goal.

While Arsenal's strong defensive record continued under Mikel Arteta, the team has failed to score in four of its last five league matches. The only goal in that period was a penalty by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a 1-0 win at Manchester United.

Aubameyang played as the sole striker on Sunday, having typically played on the left wing under Arteta with Alexandre Lacazette usually preferred as the centre forward, but the tactical switch had little impact.

Saka went off injured in stoppage time in another blow to Arsenal.

Sheffield United still winless after losing to West Ham

SHEFFIELD, England — Sheffield United remained without a win in the Premier League this season after losing 1-0 to West Ham on Sunday, leaving manager Chris Wilder defiantly fending off questions about his future.

Sebastien Haller, the striker filling in for the injured Michail Antonio, lashed a shot into the top corner from the edge of the area in the 56th minute after Pablo Fornals' effort had been blocked for what proved to be the winning goal.

Oli McBurnie struck a fierce shot against the crossbar as the hosts fought for an equalizer, but they fell to an eighth loss in nine matches and stayed in last place with just one point.

It is a huge contrast to the last campaign, when United challenged for a European qualification place in its first season back in the top flight before slipping away from contention in the final weeks.

``It's great how you guys talk about people's careers so flippantly, I love all that,'' Wilder said when asked if he feared for his job. ``I haven't had the sack in 20 years — 911 games, if you hadn't noticed — I don't fear it.

``I need to be careful because I don't want to come across as arrogant and look like I think I'm untouchable, but I don't feel it should be asked given the journey that we have been on over the last four years. We were in (third-tier) League One when I arrived and now we are in the Premier League. It's a ruthless, relentless division and a cut-throat division which doesn't give you handouts. It's not a time to go into our shells and I certainly won't as manager of the football club.''

West Ham climbed into the top half on 14 points with its fourth win of the season and has successfully negotiated a tricky set of early fixtures which has already seen the team play Arsenal, Wolverhampton, Leicester, Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool.

``I am not getting carried away, but there is a real self-belief at the moment,'' West Ham manager David Moyes said. ``The football is getting better and better.

``I am not looking down, we are certainly looking up. We want to catch the teams higher up the league, that's for sure. We want to keep this run going and keep this momentum going and build on it.''

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