Seamus Coleman is the 20th player to score 20 Premier League goals for Everton

Everton beat Burnley to keep their Europa League hopes alive.

The Toffees, who move to within one point of seventh-placed Wolves, started brightly and led when Richarlison’s 25-yard shot deflected in off Ben Mee.

Seamus Coleman headed in a second goal after Tom Heaton parried Lucas Digne’s swerving shot.

Burnley struggled in front of goal, but should probably have had a second-half penalty when Michael Keane appeared to shove substitute Matej Vydra.

Sean Dyche’s side have already secured their Premier League place for next season and looked far short of their battling best.

Everton’s top-seven bid will come to an end if Wolves beat Fulham on Saturday.

Everton continue decent form

The Toffees have found a good run of results in the closing stages of the season, with a fifth win in seven games.

Boss Marco Silva said they need to qualify for Europe every season to “grow as a club” but their hopes of reaching the Europa League are still a long shot.

They need to finish seventh, which means they cannot afford Wolves to win either of their final games. And they also need Manchester City to beat Watford in the FA Cup final to ensure the seventh-placed team get a Europa League place.

Everton blew Burnley away with a quick start at Goodison Park.

They had five shots in the opening 10 minutes and 12 efforts in the first half.

Richarlison had an effort blocked and fired another over before his shot helped gave them the lead. Gylfi Sigurdsson picked out the Brazilian and his long-range strike flew past Heaton – but it was registered as a Mee own goal as the shot took a deflection off the Burnley defender.

Everton continued their push for goals and Digne’s effort from outside the box was saved with Coleman stooping in to head in his 20th Premier League goal.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin had several chances for Everton but failed to test Heaton.

The Toffees lost Richarlison to a not-too-serious-looking injury early in the second half. Their chances dried up in the second half – until a wonderful Ademola Lookman shot from outside the box late on which clipped the top of the crossbar.

More to follow.





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