Norwich City's hopes of Premier League survival are now hanging by a thread as Everton kept their own designs on a return to European football alive thanks to a Michael Keane header.
Daniel Farke’s side went into the game at the bottom of the table and six points from safety, needing to force a win to narrow the gap.
The four changes made by Farke frustrated Everton in the first half as the visitors were kept at bay, but Keane’s headed goal at the start of the second period gave the Toffees the lead.
The 27-year-old defender found himself unmarked and was able to turn a corner past Tim Krul in the Norwich net for his second Premier League goal of the season.
Carlo Ancelotti said before the game he believed that European football was a realistic target for his side and the win took them a step closer to reducing the gap.
As for Norwich, their struggles in front of goal continued – the Canaries have now scored just once in their last seven matches, and that won’t be good enough to keep them in the top flight.
Final score: Norwich City 0-1 Everton