Everton's European hopes fade after draw

Everton's hopes of playing European football next season receded after they drew with Liverpool.

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LONDON - Everton's hopes of playing European football next season receded after they drew 0-0 at city rivals Liverpool on Sunday.

Everton, who have only won one of their last 13 Premier League Merseyside derbies, were aggrieved after Sylvain Distin's headed goal from a corner early in the second half was ruled out for a push.

David Moyes's side remain sixth on 60 points, five behind Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea. Everton have just two games remaining and have slim hopes of securing the Europa League place for the side finishing fifth in the Premier League.

Champions Manchester United host Chelsea in a 3pm kickoff at Old Trafford.