Football: Everton ease past ragged West Ham

Everton's Kurt Zouma, Jordan Pickford and Bernard celebrate after the match. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Everton scored two first-half goals to cruise to a 2-0 victory at West Ham United on Saturday (March 30) and climb into the top half of the Premier League table.

Everton, who came into the game without a league win in London in 10 visits, took the lead in the fifth minute when Kurt Zouma headed home from a corner.

West Ham could not get a foothold in the match as Everton continued to dominate, doubling their advantage when Bernard finished off a fine move to score his first Premier League goal.

Boos rang around the stadium at the halftime whistle, but there was little West Ham improvement after the break as the hosts finished the match with only one shot on target.

It was Everton who went closest to adding a third when Richarlison's late header hit the crossbar.

Everton leapfrogged West Ham into ninth in the standings having inflicted a first defeat in seven home league games on the Hammers who slipped to 11th.

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