Everton continued their push for European football by beating struggling West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.
Richarlison scored for the fourth Premier League game in a row, heading past home goalkeeper Sam Johnstone after a cross from substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson, who had only been on the pitch for 43 seconds.
West Brom had been the better team in the first half but England keeper Jordan Pickford made an excellent save to keep out Mbaye Diagne’s second-minute header.
Diagne thought he had grabbed a 93rd-minute equaliser when he controlled a pass and shot into the net, but he was denied because he was narrowly offside, with the video assistant referee confirming the on-field decision.
This win takes Everton up from seventh to fourth – the last Champions League qualifying place – although the Toffees will drop back to fifth if there is a winner in Thursday’s late game between Liverpool and Chelsea.
West Brom are 19th, in the relegation zone and nine points behind 17th-placed Newcastle United, who they host on Sunday.
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West Bromwich Albion
- 2FurlongBooked at 68mins
- 27O’SheaBooked at 60mins
- 35YokusluBooked at 82mins
- 12Costa Pereira
- 18GallagherSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 78′minutes
- 10PhillipsSubstituted forSnodgrassat 78′minutes
- 4HolgateBooked at 37mins
- 17IwobiSubstituted forAllanat 58′minutes
- 16DoucouréSubstituted forG Sigurdssonat 64′minutes
- 21André Gomes
- 20BernardSubstituted forKingat 84′minutes
- 10G Sigurdsson
- 31Neves Virgínia
- Darren England
Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Everton 1.
Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Everton 1.
VAR Decision: No Goal West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Everton.
Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Ainsley Maitland-Niles tries a through ball, but Mbaye Diagne is caught offside.
Foul by André Gomes (Everton).
Okay Yokuslu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt blocked. Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Okay Yokuslu.
Attempt blocked. Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.
Substitution, Everton. Joshua King replaces Bernard.
Michael Keane (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mbaye Diagne (West Bromwich Albion).
Okay Yokuslu (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Bernard (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Okay Yokuslu (West Bromwich Albion).
Attempt blocked. Robert Snodgrass (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Mason Holgate.
Foul by Richarlison (Everton).
Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Robert Snodgrass replaces Matt Phillips.
Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Conor Gallagher.