Everton’s drive for European football started with a victory over struggling West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.
Richarlison headed past home goalkeeper Sam Johnstone for his fourth Premier League goal in a row after a cross from substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson, who had only been on the field for 43 seconds.
West Brom had been the better team in the first half, but England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made an outstanding save to save Mbaye Diagne’s second-minute header.
Diagne thought he had equalized in the 93rd minute when he controlled a pass and shot into the net, but he was disqualified for being barely offside, and the video assistant referee upheld the on-field decision.
Everton moves up to the fourth position in the Premier League table, the final Champions League qualification spot, with a victory in Thursday’s late game between Liverpool and Chelsea dropping them to fifth.
West Bromwich Albion is currently 19th in the Premier League, nine points behind 17th-placed Newcastle United, whom they host on Sunday.