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West Brom on brink of relegation after 1-1 draw with Wolves

WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) – West Bromwich Albion was on the brink of relegation from the English Premier League after only drawing with Wolverhampton 1-1 on Monday.

The result left next-to-last West Brom 10 points from safety with four games remaining. The central English team’s fate could even be sealed before its next game, which is at Arsenal on Sunday, if results don’t go its way in the intervening days.

Even a victory at The Hawthorns, where rain lashed down throughout the second half, would have still left West Brom facing a huge task to avoid an immediate return to the Championship.

A big dose of misfortune saw the hosts go behind in first-half stoppage time.

West Brom defender Kyle Bartley’s attempted clearance struck the standing foot of 18-year-old striker Fabio Silva and the ball looped over stranded goalkeeper Sam Johnstone and into the net.

Mbaye Diagne headed in the equalizer from Conor Townsend’s left-wing cross in the 62nd minute but West Brom didn’t create another clear-cut chance in the final half-hour.

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