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EPL: West Ham loses 3-1 at Brighton, into Conference League

May 22, 2022 GMT
Brighton and Hove Albion's Joel Veltman celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game during their English Premier League match against West Ham United at The AMEX Stadium, Brighton, England, Sunday, May 22, 2022. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)
Brighton and Hove Albion's Joel Veltman celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game during their English Premier League match against West Ham United at The AMEX Stadium, Brighton, England, Sunday, May 22, 2022. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)
Brighton and Hove Albion's Joel Veltman celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game during their English Premier League match against West Ham United at The AMEX Stadium, Brighton, England, Sunday, May 22, 2022. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)
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Brighton and Hove Albion's Joel Veltman celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game during their English Premier League match against West Ham United at The AMEX Stadium, Brighton, England, Sunday, May 22, 2022. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)
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Brighton and Hove Albion's Joel Veltman celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game during their English Premier League match against West Ham United at The AMEX Stadium, Brighton, England, Sunday, May 22, 2022. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)

BRIGHTON, England (AP) — West Ham missed the chance to snatch a dramatic return to the Europa League after squandering a lead to lose 3-1 to Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Hammers, who lost in the semifinals of the continental competition just over two weeks ago, were on course to leapfrog Manchester United into sixth position following Michail Antonio’s brilliant 40th-minute opener.

But second-half strikes from Joel Veltman, Pascal Gross and Danny Welbeck turned the game in Brighton’s favor to prevent David Moyes’ team capitalizing on United losing 1-0 at Crystal Palace.

The east London club must be content with seventh place and a spot in the Europa Conference League next season following a result which saw Brighton secure a first ever top-half finish in the Premier League — and the highest league position in the club’s 121-year history.

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