Sylvain Distin had a goal disallowed as Everton were denied a first league win over Liverpool at Anfield since 1999 in a fiercely contested Merseyside derby.
After a frenetic first half low on goalmouth drama, Distin thought he had broken the deadlock when he headed home a Leighton Baines corner, but referee Michael Oliver ruled that Victor Anichebe had impeded goalkeeper Pepe Reina.
Liverpool, who had earlier gone close through Daniel Sturridge, responded to the let-off with a spell of sustained pressure in which captain Steven Gerrard had an effort cleared off the line by 35-year-old defender Distin.
The draw leaves Everton in sixth place, five points behind Tottenham, who are occupying the Europa League qualifying place, with two games left for Moyes's team and three for Spurs.
The Toffees are, however, five points clear of Liverpool and with two games remaining they will expect to finish above their bitter rivals in successive top-flight seasons for the first time since 1937.
In the build-up to the match, both Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and Everton manager David Moyes had lamented how far the Merseyside clubs have fallen behind their Manchester counterparts, and there was plenty of evidence of both teams' shortcomings in a contest which lacked any real quality.
A third 0-0 draw in five matches reflects Liverpool's lack of adaptability when Plan A goes awry, while Everton were once again shown up for a lack of firepower that has seen them score fewer away goals than any other side in the top eight.
Merseyside derby factfile
- Jamie Carragher has played 30 derbies - winning 17, drawing nine and losing four.
- Everton are five points above Liverpool with two games left. If they finish above the Reds it will be the first time they have achieved this feat in successive top-flight seasons since 1937.
- The Toffees have failed to win on their last 14 visits to Anfield - a run stretching back to 1999.
Liverpool carved out the first opening when a typically incisive long pass from Gerrard picked out Sturridge on the left side of the box, and only a diving block from Distin prevented Jordan Henderson from tucking away the striker's low cross.
Everton took longer to settle into the game but should have taken the lead when Marouane Fellaini was presented with a clear-cut opportunity.
A Baines free-kick from the left made its way through a crowd of players to the Belgian, whose side-footed effort from well inside the six-yard box drifted past the far post.
Gerrard, who scored a hat-trick as the Reds won last season's corresponding fixture 3-0, had a chance on the half-hour mark but his goalbound shot struck Phil Jagielka, who had to be at his sharpest soon afterwards to deny Coutinho.
Sturridge, leading the line for Liverpool while the suspended Luis Suarez watched from the stands, had two chances in quick succession shortly after half-time.
Played through on goal by Coutinho, he was brilliantly thwarted by Tim Howard as he attempted to round the American goalkeeper, and when a loose ball fell to Sturridge, he could only find the side-netting with his shot on the turn.
Moyes cut an angry figure as he implored his players to match Liverpool's second-half energy and his mood was momentarily brightened when, very much against the run of play, the Toffees thought they had taken the lead.
Distin climbed above Jamie Carragher, making his 30th and final Merseyside derby appearance, at the far post to nod in Baines's corner, but referee Oliver ruled it out because he believed Anichebe had blocked Reina.
Down at the Kop end, Sturridge then played in Gerrard, who rounded Howard but could not generate enough power to prevent Distin from clearing off the line.
There was no let-up in the tempo as the game entered its final phase, but with too many passes going astray, neither side could open up a path to goal.
- 25 Reina
- 02 Johnson
- 03 Jose Enrique
- 05 Agger
- 23 Carragher
- 08 Gerrard
- 10 Coutinho
- 14 Henderson (Borini - 66' Booked )
- 19 Downing (Skrtel - 79' )
- 21 Lucas
- 15 Sturridge
- 01 Jones
- 16 Coates
- 37 Skrtel
- 33 Shelvey
- 11 Assaidi
- 29 Borini
- 30 Suso
- 24 Howard
- 03 Baines
- 06 Jagielka
- 15 Distin
- 23 Coleman
- 04 Gibson
- 21 Osman Booked
- 22 Pienaar
- 25 Fellaini
- 11 Mirallas (Jelavic - 75' )
- 28 Anichebe Booked
- 01 Mucha
- 02 Hibbert
- 05 Heitinga
- 34 Duffy
- 08 Oviedo
- 07 Jelavic
- 14 Naismith
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee ends the match.90:00 +2:21
Leighton Baines fouled by Glen Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Darron Gibson restarts play with the free kick.90:00 +0:52
Steven Gerrard restarts play with the free kick.90:00 +0:52 Booking
Booking Leon Osman shown a yellow card.90:00 +0:46
Free kick awarded for a foul by Leon Osman on Phillippe Coutinho.90:00 +0:26
Fabio Borini takes a shot. Sylvain Distin gets a block in.89:25
Unfair challenge on Leighton Baines by Steven Gerrard results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Leighton Baines, save by Jose Reina.88:44
The ball is crossed by Sanchez Jose Enrique, clearance made by Darron Gibson.87:41
Leighton Baines delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Jose Reina.87:41 Booking
Booking Fabio Borini booked.87:37
Fabio Borini concedes a free kick for a foul on Leighton Baines.86:48
Victor Anichebe takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina. Leighton Baines takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Fabio Borini manages to make a clearance.85:26
The ball is crossed by Leighton Baines, Jose Reina makes a save.84:48
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leon Osman by Sanchez Jose Enrique. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Howard.84:13
Victor Anichebe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson. Free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.81:03
The ball is swung over by Sanchez Jose Enrique.77:49
The ball is swung over by Steven Gerrard, Daniel Agger has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.77:49 Substitution
Substitution Martin Skrtel comes on in place of Stewart Downing.77:49
Leon Osman is adjudged to have handled the ball.77:12
The ball is sent over by Darron Gibson, save by Jose Reina.
The ball is delivered by Leighton Baines, Jose Reina makes a save.76:05
A cross is delivered by Victor Anichebe, clearance made by Daniel Agger.74:23 Substitution
Substitution Nikica Jelavic joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kevin Mirallas.73:19
Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Sylvain Distin manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line to the near post, Darron Gibson manages to make a clearance.72:19
Phillippe Coutinho produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.70:59
Kevin Mirallas challenges Steven Gerrard unfairly and gives away a free kick. A cross is delivered by Steven Gerrard, Headed effort from inside the area by Daniel Agger misses to the left of the goal.70:31
Steven Gerrard takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Darron Gibson manages to make a clearance.70:19
The ball is sent over by Stewart Downing, clearance by Sylvain Distin.69:36
Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Blocked by Darron Gibson.69:28
Phillippe Coutinho sends in a cross, clearance by Phil Jagielka.68:58
Kevin Mirallas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fabio Borini. Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard, clearance by Seamus Coleman.68:09
Marouane Fellaini has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.65:17 Substitution
Substitution Fabio Borini on for Jordan Henderson.63:56
Kevin Mirallas takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand post.63:02
Effort from outside the penalty area by Leon Osman goes wide left of the goal.62:46
The ball is crossed by Victor Anichebe, clearance by Jamie Carragher.60:23
Leon Osman delivers the ball, Jose Reina makes a save.58:48
The ball is sent over by Glen Johnson. Phillippe Coutinho takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.57:49
The referee blows for offside against Daniel Sturridge. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.57:15
The assistant referee flags for offside against Steven Pienaar. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.56:44
The official flags Stewart Downing offside. Indirect free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.56:08
The ball is swung over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Sylvain Distin gets a block in.55:24
Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.55:24 Booking
Booking Victor Anichebe is cautioned by the ref for dissent.54:17
Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the right by-line, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Carragher by Sylvain Distin.52:07
Centre by Glen Johnson, Leighton Baines gets a block in.51:07
Daniel Agger takes a shot.50:40
A cross is delivered by Stewart Downing, Phil Jagielka manages to make a clearance.50:18
Victor Anichebe takes a shot. Daniel Agger gets a block in.49:56
Sanchez Jose Enrique delivers the ball, save by Tim Howard.48:02
Effort from deep inside the area by Daniel Sturridge misses to the left of the target.47:44
Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.45:31
The ball is swung over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, clearance made by Sylvain Distin.45:01
The match restarts for the second half.45:00 +1:09 Half time
Half Time The half-time whistle blows.43:19
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Kevin Mirallas. Centre by Leighton Baines, clearance by Sanchez Jose Enrique.42:45
Darron Gibson takes a shot. Steven Gerrard gets a block in. Short corner taken by Kevin Mirallas from the left by-line.40:10
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Carragher by Victor Anichebe. Jamie Carragher restarts play with the free kick.39:37
Phillippe Coutinho takes a shot. Phil Jagielka gets a block in.39:03
Free kick awarded for a foul by Leighton Baines on Stewart Downing. Free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.37:40
Daniel Agger concedes a free kick for a foul on Marouane Fellaini. Darron Gibson has an effort direct from the free kick.36:42
Unfair challenge on Kevin Mirallas by Leiva Lucas results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Kevin Mirallas, save by Jose Reina.35:43
Sanchez Jose Enrique sends in a cross, save by Tim Howard.33:15
Foul by Sanchez Jose Enrique on Steven Pienaar, free kick awarded. Phil Jagielka takes the direct free kick.32:08
The ball is delivered by Steven Gerrard, Phil Jagielka manages to make a clearance. Corner from the right by-line taken by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Darron Gibson.30:26
Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Blocked by Seamus Coleman. Marouane Fellaini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas. Strike on goal comes in from Steven Gerrard from the free kick.30:18
Stewart Downing produces a cross, Seamus Coleman manages to make a clearance.28:47
The ball is sent over by Leon Osman, save by Jose Reina.26:43
Jamie Carragher fouled by Marouane Fellaini, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie Carragher takes the direct free kick.25:37
Foul by Darron Gibson on Phillippe Coutinho, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.25:26
Centre by Leighton Baines, Steven Gerrard manages to make a clearance.23:10
Seamus Coleman crosses the ball, clearance made by Sanchez Jose Enrique. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Leighton Baines, save made by Jose Reina. Steven Pienaar produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.20:54
Steven Gerrard concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Osman. Free kick crossed by Leighton Baines, clearance by Jamie Carragher.20:14
Effort from outside the penalty box by Daniel Sturridge goes wide right of the goal.19:03
Kevin Mirallas takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jose Reina.17:11
The ball is crossed by Kevin Mirallas.15:56
Glen Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Pienaar. The ball is crossed by Leighton Baines, Marouane Fellaini produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand post.15:21
Daniel Sturridge is caught offside. Tim Howard takes the free kick.14:00
A cross is delivered by Seamus Coleman, clearance by Steven Gerrard.13:08
Shot by Daniel Sturridge from a long way out goes over the net.10:21
Steven Pienaar has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.9:51
A cross is delivered by Darron Gibson, Steven Gerrard manages to make a clearance.9:07
The ball is swung over by Daniel Sturridge, clearance made by Sylvain Distin.6:28
The ball is swung over by Seamus Coleman, Jose Reina makes a comfortable save.5:37
Daniel Sturridge produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.5:21
A cross is delivered by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Sylvain Distin.1:21
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Steven Gerrard. Free kick taken by Darron Gibson.0:00
The game begins.
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