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Lennon scores late winner as Everton beats QPR 2-1 to move further away from relegation zone

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LONDON — Aaron Lennon scored a late winner as Everton beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Sunday to move nine points clear of the Premier League relegation zone and damage the hosts' own survival hopes.

Seamus Coleman's excellent finish at Loftus Road put Everton ahead in the 18th minute before substitute Eduardo Vargas slammed home an equalizer in the 65th.

PHOTO: Everton’s Aaron Lennon, second left,  celebrates with his teammates in front of the Queens Park Rangers fans after scoring a goal during the English Premier League soccer match between QPR and Everton at Loftus Road Stadium, London, Sunday, March 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
Everton’s Aaron Lennon, second left, celebrates with his teammates in front of the Queens Park Rangers fans after scoring a goal during the English Premier League soccer match between QPR and Everton at Loftus Road Stadium, London, Sunday, March 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

QPR pressed for a winner but Lennon provided a sucker-punch 13 minutes from time. Coleman's cross was half-cleared but the ball fell straight to Lennon who side-footed home.

Lennon's first goal for the Toffees gave Everton a much-needed victory that leaves QPR four points adrift of safety.

It was QPR's fifth straight defeat since Chris Ramsey was confirmed as permanent manager. QPR's next two matches are at fellow strugglers West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa.

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