Everton's hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League are now on life support, and in truly bizarre fashion. They conceded two own goals to Southampton on Saturday, including one in the first minute of their 2-0 loss.
Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin -- two of the most durable players in recent Premier League history -- both missed out on this game, meaning youngster John Stones and Paraguayan Antonin Alcaraz had to start in the center of defense. Alcaraz hasn't exactly been impressive when he has played this season and gave Everton fans every reason to groan in the first minute, when he directed a chip by Rickie Lambert into the back of his own net with a header so good, it looked like he was trying to score.
It got worse for the Toffees in the 30th minute when they scored a nearly identical goal. This time, the cross came in from Southampton's right flank instead of the left, and this time, it was Sheamus Coleman who directed a perfect header past his own goaltender.
And it got even worse than that for Everton. Ross Barkley had to come off at halftime, presumably due to fitness concerns, and was replaced by Leon Osman.
And yet, it got even worse still. The theme of the second half was poor decisions by referee Michael Oliver that went against the visitors. Leon Osman was shown a yellow card for diving in the 62nd minute when he had clearly been fouled by Dejan Lovren in the penalty area. Lovren got away with another one in the 81st minute when he took down James McCarthy, but there was no call. A couple of minutes after that, Gerard Deulofeu was called offside when clear through on goal, but he wasn't offside at all.
In every way it could be, this was a disaster for Everton. And they'll now likely have to settle for fifth place.
Southampton: Boruc, Shaw, Fonte, Lovren, Clyne, Wanyama, Cork, Davis (Do Prado 90'), Lallana (Reed 86'), Lambert, Gallagher (Ward-Prowse 76')
Goals: Alcaraz (OG 1'), Coleman (OG 30')
Everton: Howard, Baines (Garbutt 90'), Stones, Alcaraz, Coleman, Barry, McCarthy, McGeady (Deulofeu 56'), Barkley (Osman 46'), Naismith, Lukaku