Everton’s European hopes were sustained with a victory over Southampton, as Richarlison maintained his excellent form. After the Brazilian rounded Fraser Forster to score his fifth goal in as many games, Carlo Ancelotti’s side drew level on points with Liverpool and moved two points behind fourth-placed West Ham with a game in hand.
It was a much-needed victory for the hosts, who had lost their previous two games at Goodison Park, against a Southampton side that was visibly out of shape and lacking confidence.
After Richarlison took Gylfi Sigurdsson’s pass in stride to open the scoring after nine minutes, set-pieces appeared to be the most possible scoring outlet as both sides struggled to find any consistent rhythm.
However, Michael Keane’s goal was disallowed due to offside, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin did a fantastic job clearing a free-kick from James Ward.
Late in the game, Moussa Djenepo’s shot went just wide of the far post after a promising pass, and Jordan Pickford saved Jannik Vestergaard, leaving Danny Ings frustratedly kicking a post.
The Saints have now lost eight of their last nine games, bringing them seven points clear of the relegation zone.
Everton 1 – 0 Southampton
Goals: 1-0 Richarlison 9
Bookings: Armstrong, Tella
Everton: Pickford, Digne, Godfrey, Keane, Holgate, Gome, Allan, Doucoure, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Calvert – Lewin
Substitutions: Iwobi, King
Southampton: Forster, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Salisu, Bertrand, Djenepo, Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Adams, Ings
Substituions: Watts, Tella