Everton produced a dominant display to beat Brighton in the Premier League as they responded well to their humiliating FA Cup defeat by Liverpool last Sunday.
The Toffees deservedly took the lead after 38 minutes thanks to the superb skill of Brazilian forward Richarlison, who controlled Lucas Digne’s pass, swivelled and curled an effort low into the far corner past Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan.
Everton thought they had doubled their lead in the second half when Dominic Calvert-Lewin bundled the ball over the line but a video assistant referee (VAR) check disallowed the goal for handball.
VAR had earlier been called into action when Theo Walcott broke through on goal four minutes in, before appearing to be pulled back by Seagulls captain Lewis Dunk inside the box.
But the penalty appeal was waved away, much to the dismay of a packed Goodison Park.
The win for Carlo Ancelotti’s side means they are 11th, level on 28 points with Arsenal.
Brighton, who remain without a victory at Goodison Park, are four points above the relegation zone in 14th place