Villa draw dents Everton's European hopes

Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Everton at Villa Park on May 13, 2021 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Everton's hopes of finishing in the Premier League's European places suffered a blow as they played out a goalless draw at Aston Villa.

In an uninspiring contest devoid of quality Tyrone Mings headed Villa's best chance wide from Douglas Luiz's cross.

Subdued for long periods of the first half, Everton improved after the break, with Ben Godfrey drawing a save from home goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from Gylfi Sigurdsson's free-kick.

Andre Gomes wastefully lashed a left-footed effort over the bar as the visitors chased a winner but Martinez was rarely called upon, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin's late header his only other save of note.

The result leaves Carlo Ancelotti's side eight points adrift of Chelsea in fourth, with West Ham, Liverpool and Tottenham all better placed to qualify for Europe.

Villa, who welcomed captain Jack Grealish back from injury as a second-half substitute, remain 11th in the table.


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