Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta tussles with Chelsea's Mikel
Jermaine Beckford scored an impressive solo goal to give 10-man Everton victory over lacklustre Chelsea.
The striker broke clear near halfway before coolly chipping over goalkeeper Petr Cech in the 74th minute.
Everton had to play most of the second half with 10 men after Seamus Coleman was shown a second yellow card for a reckless challenge on Jon Mikel Obi.
Shortly after the match, Chelsea issued a statement announcing they had parted company with manager Carlo Ancelotti.
This match represented a sad farewell for the likeable Italian, because his players signed off the season with a whimper.
Denied the services of Didier Drogba, who was out with a groin injury, the Italian fielded Nicolas Anelka and Fernando Torres in attack.
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The duo failed to gel and, as so often since his January move from Liverpool, Torres was virtually anonymous.
Chelsea finished the season in second place, but their points total of 71 was their lowest since Roman Abramovich took over the club in 2003.
And despite landing the Double last year, in his first season at the club, the signs looked ominous for Ancelotti after he failed to add to that trophy haul.
By contrast, Everton will be reasonably satisfied with their seventh-place finish - the fifth successive season in which they have come in the top eight.
If they are able to strengthen in the summer and hang on to the likes of Jack Rodwell, Leighton Baines and Tim Cahill, they could conceivably challenge for the top four next season.
There was a distinct end of season feel about a first half in which both keepers were virtually redundant.
Phil Jagielka had the best chance of the half for Everton, clipping the top of Chelsea's crossbar with a close-range header from a Mikel Arteta corner.
And the home side thought they had a good claim for a penalty shortly afterwards, when Leon Osman burst into the box and was brought down by Alex, but referee Peter Walton adjudged the burly Brazilian to have touched the ball.
Everton passed the ball nicely, with Rodwell showing some good touches in midfield and Baines providing an attacking thrust from left-back.
But a lack of cutting edge has been their Achilles heel all season and with leading scorer Louis Saha out because of a foot injury, Beckford was left to lead the line as a lone striker.
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The former Leeds man has struggled to convince since his move to Goodison Park and so it was again at the end of the first half, when he found himself one on one with Cech and succeeded only in putting the ball out for a throw-in.
Everton's task became distinctly more difficult eight minutes after the interval, when Coleman was shown a second yellow card for a studs-up challenge on Mikel.
The 22-year-old, who had been booked at the end of the first period for a late challenge on Ashley Cole, could actually have been shown a straight red for his dangerous lunge at Mikel's right ankle.
The young midfielder has enjoyed an excellent season for Everton, being named the club's young player of the year, but this was a sour end to his campaign.
Chelsea controlled possession after his exit and captain John Terry rattled the post with a rasping 20-yard drive, but it was Everton who took an unexpected lead through Beckford.
The striker atoned for his earlier miss by keeping his composure to hit his 10th goal of the campaign. He capitalised on a lucky ricochet near the halfway line and used his pace to break clear of the Chelsea defence before coolly chipping over the onrushing Cech.
Chelsea dominated after that, yet surprisingly failed to really test Tim Howard in the Everton goal. It was a limp end to a disappointing season, and Ancelotti paid the price.
Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
Phil Jagielka takes the indirect free kick. The referee blows for offside. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
90:00 +2:10 Booking
Booking Fernando Torres goes into the referee's book.
Foul by Fernando Torres on Johnny Heitinga, free kick awarded.
Frank Lampard takes a shot. Blocked by Johnny Heitinga.
Florent Malouda takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Phil Jagielka.
Substitution Tim Cahill replaces Mikel Arteta.
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Phil Jagielka gets a block in.
Frank Lampard takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a comfortable save.
The official flags Victor Anichebe offside. Direct free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.
Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Victor Anichebe. Direct free kick taken by Paulo Ferreira.
Frank Lampard takes a shot. Comfortable save by Tim Howard.
Leon Osman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Florent Malouda. Free kick taken by John Terry.
Nicolas Anelka has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
Corner taken left-footed by Joshua McEachran from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Leon Osman.
Short corner worked by Florent Malouda. Foul by Nicolas Anelka on Leon Osman, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.
Substitution Victor Anichebe is brought on as a substitute for Jermaine Beckford.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Florent Malouda. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Howard.
Substitution Joshua McEachran comes on in place of Michael Essien.
73:49 Goal scored
Goal - Jermaine Beckford - Everton 1 - 0 Chelsea Jermaine Beckford fires in a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Everton 1-0 Chelsea.
Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard. John Terry is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Howard. Short corner taken by Florent Malouda from the right by-line.
Ashley Cole fouled by Tony Hibbert, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Florent Malouda, clearance made by Phil Jagielka.
Outswinging corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Sylvain Distin misses to the left of the goal.
Substitution Paulo Ferreira is brought on as a substitute for Alex.
Long range shot from John Terry misses to the left of the target.
Branislav Ivanovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta. Leighton Baines crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, save by Petr Cech.
Unfair challenge on Jermaine Beckford by Alex results in a free kick. Sylvain Distin takes the indirect free kick.
Mikel Arteta produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicolas Anelka by Jack Rodwell. John Terry takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line played to the near post, Michael Essien manages to make a clearance.
Substitution Salomon Kalou on for Mikel.
Jack Rodwell produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sylvain Distin by Michael Essien. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Howard.
Fernando Torres is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Tony Hibbert. Jermaine Beckford takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech. Mikel Arteta challenges Branislav Ivanovic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Essien.
Long distance shot from Florent Malouda misses to the left of the goal.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Florent Malouda. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
John Terry produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and hits the post.
Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.
Dismissal Seamus Coleman sent off.
Mikel fouled by Seamus Coleman, the ref awards a free kick.
Johnny Heitinga takes the direct free kick.
Booking Alex booked for unsporting behaviour.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex on Jermaine Beckford.
Free kick taken by Mikel.
Booking Leighton Baines is shown a yellow card.
Leighton Baines concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicolas Anelka.
Florent Malouda is ruled offside. Tony Hibbert takes the direct free kick.
Nicolas Anelka concedes a free kick for a foul on Seamus Coleman. Johnny Heitinga restarts play with the free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Mikel Arteta, Alex makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman by Mikel results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Mikel Arteta from the free kick.
John Terry challenges Leon Osman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phil Jagielka restarts play with the free kick.
John Terry takes the free kick.
Booking Booking for Seamus Coleman for unsporting behaviour.
Ashley Cole fouled by Seamus Coleman, the ref awards a free kick.
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
45:00 +1:16 Half time
Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.
Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
Michael Essien has an effort at goal. Johnny Heitinga gets a block in.
Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
Mikel Arteta takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Johnny Heitinga has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.
Jermaine Beckford takes a shot. Blocked by Petr Cech.
Unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Mikel results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta. Shot from long distance by Leighton Baines misses to the right of the target.
Ashley Cole has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
Florent Malouda challenges Tony Hibbert unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phil Jagielka takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda, Close range headed effort by Alex clears the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel Arteta on Michael Essien. Direct free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.
Ashley Cole fouled by Seamus Coleman, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Cole takes the direct free kick.
Indirect free kick taken by Frank Lampard. Header on goal by Nicolas Anelka from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Booking Johnny Heitinga goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Johnny Heitinga on Michael Essien.
Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Blocked by Sylvain Distin.
Effort by Michael Essien from a long way out goes over the target.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Fernando Torres. Direct free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
Short corner worked by Mikel Arteta.
Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Phil Jagielka gets a block in.
Frank Lampard takes a shot. Blocked by Johnny Heitinga.
Foul by John Terry on Leon Osman, free kick awarded. Leighton Baines crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Michael Essien.
Centre by Tony Hibbert, save by Petr Cech. Johnny Heitinga challenges Nicolas Anelka unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Essien takes the free kick.
Shot from just outside the area by Jermaine Beckford goes over the bar.
A cross is delivered by Jack Rodwell, clearance by Michael Essien. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta, Phil Jagielka takes a shot.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tony Hibbert by Florent Malouda. Phil Jagielka takes the free kick.
Alex concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Beckford. Mikel Arteta takes the direct free kick.
The game kicks-off.
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