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Ancelotti still dreams of Europe despite a big setback from Everton

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Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti insists his side are still on the hunt for European football but admits their failure to finish Crystal Palace has cost them.

Eagles substitute Michy Batshuayi scored an 86th-minute equalizer two minutes after coming off the bench to undo James Rodriguez’s 100th goal in European club football upon his return after a six-week absence in the draw 1-1 at Goodison Park.

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The Toffees, with just one home league win in eight games, have paid the price for an unnecessary finish from Richarlison, in particular, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

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This means they missed a chance to move close to the Premier League’s top four with a game in hand of all of their rivals.

“The reason (for the result) was that we weren’t able to kill the game when we had the chance,” said Ancelotti.

“We had a lot of chances and generally in the last few games our forwards in these situations were really clinical. Tonight, they must do better.

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“After we opened the scoring we had chances, we could have closed the game, and sometimes it can happen the last 10 minutes you have to defend and there can be a little mistake.

“That’s what happened in the last situation and and we’re two points down.

Mistakes cost Everton

“We deserved to win, we lost points for our mistakes. We weren’t unlucky, I have to say.

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“I think the position in Europe is still there because we are in the fight and we have a game in hand, but we have to be more focused in this situation – when you deserve to win, you have to win.”

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