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Result: Gylfi Sigurdsson strikes late as Everton win at Sheffield United

The Toffees have won four Premier League games on the bounce.

Gylfi Sigurdsson's strike propelled Everton to second place in the Premier League table as a 1-0 win for the Blues piled more misery on bottom club Sheffield United.

Sigurdsson scored 10 minutes from time to give Carlo Ancelotti's team a fourth straight Premier League victory, moving them to within two points of Merseyside rivals and reigning champions Liverpool.

For the Blades, it was yet another defeat. Chris Wilder's side have lost 13 of their 15 Premier League matches and are only the third club in top flight history to be without a win on Boxing Day, after Burnley in 1889-90 and Bolton in 1902-03.

The blustery conditions at Bramall Lane made things tough for both teams and there were few clear-cut chances in the game.

Alex Iwobi looked bright for the visitors during the first half. The midfielder was at the heart of much of what was good about Everton and worked Aaron Ramsdale with a shot from the edge of the area, although his effort was straight at the goalkeeper.

Former Blade Dominic Calvert-Lewin went close just before the half-hour mark. The striker, with 11 Premier League goals this season, chested Michael Keane's pass past Jack Robinson before unleashing a fierce volley narrowly wide.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin went close for Everton
Dominic Calvert-Lewin went close for Everton in the first half (George Wood/PA)

Everton threatened again shortly afterwards following a handling error from Ramsdale. The 22-year-old spilled Sigurdsson's free-kick and had to be brave to block Ben Godfrey's follow up, taking the ball in his midriff.

The Blades' best chance of the first half saw David McGoldrick round goalkeeper Jordan Pickford before his shot was cleared from just in front of the goal line by Godfrey. However, television replays showed the former Republic of Ireland international would have been offside had he scored.

The hosts thought they should have had a penalty early in the second half when half-time substitute Oli McBurnie went down after tussling with Keane. There was definitely a slight push by the Everton defender but VAR decided that it was not enough to award a penalty.

Ramsdale beat away an effort from Sigurdsson with some assurance midway through the second half but then worried his defenders with a less convincing piece of handling to push away a Seamus Coleman cross.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (centre) celebrates the winner
Gylfi Sigurdsson (centre) celebrates the winner (Alex Livesey/PA)

Everton had been knocking on the door and made the breakthrough with 10 minutes remaining when Sigurdsson scored to give them the lead, beating Ramsdale with a low shot following some good build up play involving Abdoulaye Doucoure and Bernard.

It was the only real moment of quality in the match and it was a huge blow for the Blades, who once again had been firmly in the contest but faced the prospect of losing by a single goal margin for the 10th time in the Premier League this season.

Wilder's side threw all they had at Everton in the closing stages but the visitors seemed confident backing themselves to see out the game with 10 men behind the ball.

McBurnie had a couple of chances in injury time but he was off balance each time as he headed over the crossbar and then dragged another effort wide.

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SKATEBOARDING
· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

SAILING
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CYCLING
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