Saturday, June 12

Everton Fail to Ignite European Chase in Dour Villa Draw

Everton’s European chase stuttered as they played out a poor 0-0 draw with Aston Villa at Villa Park and missed the chance to go sixth in the Premier League table.

Villa defender Tyrone Mings planted a header wide from Douglas Luiz’s cross when his dive should have at least tested Jordan Pickford in the Everton goal, before he later survived a VAR red card review for what appeared a studs-up challenge on Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Calvert-Lewin had Everton’s clearest chance of the night in the closing minutes, but, having netted a header for the Toffees against Villa in the return fixture 12 days ago, he nodded down and straight at Emiliano Martinez as the visitors failed to claim a late victory.

Three points would have taken Carlo Ancelotti’s side up to sixth in the table and inside the European spots, but instead they stay eighth, behind Tottenham and needing other results to go their way if they are to qualify for continental competition.

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