Danny Ings bagged his 19th Premier League goal of the season as Southampton had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Everton at Goodison Park.
Southampton enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges, with Stuart Armstrong hooking home to give Everton an early scare – but the midfielder was offside and the goal was ruled out.
After Alex Iwobi had forced Alex McCarthy into the first save from a rare Everton chance, the game burst into life with James Ward-Prowse seeing a free-kick tipped over and Ings’ near-post flick-on hitting the crossbar.
The bar came to Everton’s rescue again seconds later when Ward-Prowse rattled the frame of the goal from the penalty spot after he was fouled by Andre Gomes in the area.
Ings was not to be denied, however, and pounced when the ball somewhat fortuitously fell to him, holding off Jordan Pickford to scuff home.
Just before half-time Everton’s midfield issues got worse when Gomes went off injured, to be replaced by Gylfi Sigurdsson.
But out of nowhere the hosts equalised when Lucas Digne’s long diagonal out of defence was controlled with one touch by Richarlison and hammered past McCarthy with the second, equalling his best tally of 14 in all competitions.
Ancelotti’s decision to replace right-sided midfielder Iwobi with defender Djibril Sidibe at half-time had the desired effect of giving Everton more solidity and their performance improved as a result.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has not scored in nine matches and was quiet again, fluffed his one chance when he failed to connect properly with Tom Davies’ diagonal pass with only McCarthy to beat.
Richarlison, having run from halfway, felt he was denied a goalscoring opportunity by Jan Bednarek but referee Lee Mason decided the foul warranted only a yellow card and VAR agreed – much to the Everton coaching staff’s disgust – and with it went the last real chance of the game.
Final score: Everton 1-1 Southampton