wasted a chance to move closer to their top-four rivals as they were made to pay by a resurgent second half display by .

’s side dominated possession in the first half with Eden Hazard striking the post and Pedro wasting a chance from close range.

But their profligacy was punished four minutes after the break as Richarlison headed in following a corner for his 13th goal of the season.

The visitors’ woes continued after 71 minutes when Richarlison was brought down in the penalty box by Marcos Alonso before Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the rebound from his own spot-kick.

As a result, the visitors failed to capitalise on their game in hand, and still sit sixth in the table, a point behind , who they would have leapfrogged had they won. Victory would also have taken them level on points with fourth-placed .

For , a first home win since 13 January was a much-needed response following last weekend’s defeat at Newcastle in which Marco Silva’s side lost 3-2 having led by two goals.

In that game, was an erratic presence in goal, but this time where there was no dip from Silva’s side and the England goalkeeper made a remarkable save to stop Gonzalo Higuain’s deflected shot shortly after the hosts went ahead.

end struggles at home

Four losses in the last six home games prior to this encounter had made Goodison Park a depressing place for Toffees fans.

Owner Farhad Moshiri has spent more than £300m since he took over the club, but an inconsistent season looked set to continue in a first half where were well on top.

’s early dominance came despite Silva using his programme notes to ask for a “fantastic” atmosphere similar to the goalless draw in the Merseyside derby two weeks ago and it was only after the break that the hosts came to life.

Andre Gomes followed his first-half shot with another rasping effort in front of the Gwladys Street End to give the home fans hope.

But Goodison erupted with delight when Richarlison headed in after Calvert-Lewin’s effort was saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin came close to making it 2-0 when Bernard’s cross skipped over his sliding lunge but the hosts did go further ahead after 71 minutes as Sigurdsson converted after ’s goalkeeper had saved his penalty.

“Barkley, Barkley, what’s the score?”

will rue this chance to put pressure on their rivals bidding to finish in the top four and secure football for next season.

They still have the backup of being able to qualify for next season’s competition by winning the , and on Friday they received a favourable quarter-final draw against Slavia Prague.

But with and both losing in the last weekend, and neither of those two or in action this weekend, it was an opportunity to make up ground.

They had enough chances in the first half to earn a two-goal lead as Hazard hit the post and Pedro, Higuain and Ross Barkley could not convert from close range.

When they tried to respond in the second half, they were met with stern resistance from the defence who appeared to learn the lessons from their defeat at Newcastle.

Pickford made two fine saves while Yerry Mina, making his first start since 29 December, was a strong presence in defence.

’s day was summed up by former midfielder Barkley, who was booed every time he touched the ball, before he was substituted after the hour.

In the closing stages, the home fans chanted: “Barkley, Barkley, what’s the score?”

That treatment all seemed fair game, but the only sour note was an object thrown towards the England midfielder after seven minutes from the Gwladys Street End which, fortunately, did not hit its target.

More to follow.

Line-ups

  • 1Pickford
  • 23Coleman
  • 4Keane
  • 13Mina
  • 12Digne
  • 17Gueye
  • 8André GomesBooked at 59minsSubstituted forSchneiderlinat 68′minutes
  • 30Richarlison
  • 10G SigurdssonSubstituted forDaviesat 86′minutes
  • 20BernardSubstituted forWalcottat 78′minutes
  • 29Calvert-Lewin

Substitutes

  • 3Baines
  • 11Walcott
  • 14Tosun
  • 18Schneiderlin
  • 22Stekelenburg
  • 26Davies
  • 31Lookman

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 2RüdigerBooked at 61mins
  • 30David Luiz
  • 3AlonsoBooked at 36mins
  • 7Kanté
  • 5JorginhoSubstituted forHudson-Odoiat 74′minutes
  • 8BarkleySubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 65′minutes
  • 11Pedro
  • 9HiguaínSubstituted forGiroudat 66′minutes
  • 10E Hazard

Substitutes

  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 13Caballero
  • 17Kovacic
  • 18Giroud
  • 20Hudson-Odoi
  • 22Willian
  • 27Christensen
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
39,356

Match Stats

Home TeamAway Team
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home15
Away16
Shots on Target
Home8
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home17
Away9

Live Text

David Luiz () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Davies ().

Attempt blocked. Olivier Giroud () header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by David Luiz with a headed pass.

Corner, . Conceded by Idrissa Gueye.

César Azpilicueta () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Calvert-Lewin ().

Hand ball by Ruben Loftus-Cheek ().

Substitution

Substitution, . Tom Davies replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Offside, . Seamus Coleman tries a through ball, but Theo Walcott is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Callum Hudson-Odoi () right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Eden Hazard () wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Richarlison ().

Attempt saved. Theo Walcott () left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, . Theo Walcott replaces Bernard.

Eden Hazard () wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Richarlison ().

Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard () right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Attempt saved. Seamus Coleman () right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Richarlison () left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Seamus Coleman.

Substitution

Substitution, . Callum Hudson-Odoi replaces Jorginho.

Goal!

Goal! 2, 0. Gylfi Sigurdsson () right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

Penalty saved! Gylfi Sigurdsson () fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by Marcos Alonso () after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty . Richarlison draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Idrissa Gueye () right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, . Morgan Schneiderlin replaces André Gomes.

Pedro () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson ().

Attempt missed. Richarlison () left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, . Olivier Giroud replaces Gonzalo Higuaín.

Substitution

Substitution, . Ruben Loftus-Cheek replaces Ross Barkley because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Ross Barkley () left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

César Azpilicueta () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by André Gomes ().

Booking

Antonio Rüdiger () is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Antonio Rüdiger ().

Bernard () wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

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