Everton’s hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League were dented by Michy Batshuayi’s 86th minute equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw for Crystal Palace at Goodison Park.
The Toffees were made to rue a string of missed chances on either side of James Rodriguez’s opener as they only narrowly closed the gap on fourth-placed Chelsea to four points.
Rodriguez’s return from injury for the first time since Everton ended a two-decade wait to beat Liverpool away in the Merseyside derby in February sparked a far more enterprising performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men.
A draw leaves Everton in eighth, three points adrift of Tottenham, Liverpool and West Ham.
Palace remains in 12th, but look safe for another season in the top flight as the Eagles edge 11 points clear of the relegation zone.