Everton’s Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson struck early in a 2-1 win over Leicester City, as the Foxes hopes of a Champions League place took a damaging blow.
Brendan Rodgers’ side, third in the Premier League table going into the game, have now not won in three since the league resumed and a fine season is in danger of fizzling out as the chasing pack close in.
Everton took a firm grip on the game after just 10 minutes. Impressive teenager Anthony Gordon raced onto a header from Lucas Digne down the left and squared the ball for the onrushing Richarlison.
The Brazilian made no mistake with a fierce shot from six yards that flew past Kasper Schmeichel.
Everton doubled their lead with just 16 minutes gone when VAR awarded them a penalty.
Digne swung the ball into the box and it appeared to strike the arm of Wilfred Ndidi as he got ahead of Michael Keane.
There was a lengthy stoppage as replays were studied numerous times but the decision finally went in Everton’s favour and Sigurdsson stroked home calmly from the spot.
Leicester City began to grow in to the game after the break, with substitute Kelechi Iheanacho getting slightly lucky as he chased a ball into the box.
Mason Holgate’s attempt to avert the danger went horribly wrong, his clearance striking the Foxes forward on the head and going in.
With James Maddison also off the bench and pulling the strings, Leicester turned up the pressure.
They were inches away from an equaliser when Jordan Pickford mishandled a cross in the drizzle and it rebounded off Keane towards goal but the defender recovered to clear off the line.
Leicester continued to push towards the end, but Everton resisted further damage.
Full time: Everton 2-1 Leicester City