Everton win to continue top-four push

Richarlison of Everton scores the opening goal during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Everton at The Hawthorns on March 4, 2021 in West Bromwich, United Kingdom.

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 (VAR) 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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