Everton and Spurs share points

Everton and Tottenham Hotspur have just played out a 2-2 draw that saw both sides share points in the top four race. A Harry Kane double cancelled out a brace from Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurðsson.

Spurs went into this game having been beaten twice by Everton already this season, once in the league and once in the FA Cup.

While Tottenham were unbeaten at Goodison Park in their last seven visits in Premier League encounters, and maintained that thanks to Harry Kane.

Jose Mourinho had won 11 of his 18 matchups against Carlo Ancelotti, while Ancelotti had won all of his three encounters against Tottenham at home.

First half Spurs and Everton share goals

Tanguy Ndombele saw a lot of the ball in the opening 10 minutes – but failed to do much with it, being dispossessed more often than not.

Both sides started slow in the opening 20 minutes – with both aware that a draw wasn’t enough tonight.

Richarlison had the first shot on target as the game approached the 22nd minute of the game, but Hugo Lloris was present as he dived to his left and palmed the Brazilian’s effort away from danger.

Tottenham’s patient, possession game continued, and it paid off in the 26th minute. Kane found himself unmarked from an Ndombele cross to score his 20th Premier League goal of the season – his 11th goal in his 12th game against Everton.

That lead didn’t last long, just before the half hour, Sergio Reguilon fouled James Rodriguez in the 18-yard box. Sigurdsson stepped up to score the equaliser. Everton’s record of penalties scored this season remained immaculate.

The goals opened up the game with Everton’s long-ball and pressing approach turned into possession, registering over 60% of the ball since they equalised.

Everton goal-scorer Sigurðsson and Rodriguez combined well in the 36th minute. The Colombian shot from inside the box, but Lloris saved it with his third save of the match.

Lloris would again be the hero in the last five minutes of the first-half. Richarlison’s header from an out-swinging Sigurdsson corner was saved by the Frenchman.

Harry Kane scores twice in Spurs draw at Everton before limping off injured  - Independent.ie

Second Half Kane and Sigurðsson cancel each other out

Everton started off the second half with two consecutive corners. Richarlison couldn’t direct his headed attempt on target from the second corner.

Around the 10th minute of the second half the pairing for the first Spurs goal, Kane and Ndombele, combined again. Ndombele’s shot was blocked by Lucas Digne and the ball went over Jordan Pickford’s bar for a corner.

That subsequent corner from Son found Toby Alderwiereld (back in squad after being mysteriously left out by Mourinho); his header hit Pickford’s left-hand post.

Everton and Richarlison did put the ball in the net around the 60th minute, but referee’s assistant raised his flag after a delay.

Moment’s later, Sigrudsson would get his and Everton’s second of the night. Substitute Seamus Coleman crossed from the right, and the Icelandic midfielder guided the ball into the back of the net with the inside of his left foot, leaving Lloris with no chance.

Everton 2-2 Tottenham: Harry Kane at the double as Gylfi Sigurdsson brace  not enough for Toffees | Football News | Sky Sports

With 68 minutes on the clock, Kane would complete his brace. The Englishman’s scored with a right-footed finish after a mix up between Mason Holgate and Michael Keane. This was Kane’s eighth goal in seven games at Goodison Park. He was now the league’s top scorer with 21.

Spurs were hungry to add a third and nearly did 10 minutes later. Rodriguez was dispossessed in the middle of the field by Lamela. He found Son, who had a rather quite night by his standards, passed it on to Kane, but his shot was blocked.

So too were Everton, Ancelotti bringing on Joshua King for Tom Davies with seven minutes to play.

Less than a minute later King was played through by Rodriguez, but the Norwegian’s shot was saved by Lloris. Richarlison’s follow-up was hit with force, but he failed to hit the target as his effort sailed over the bar.

After losing Kane in added time to injury, Dele Alli came on, and Everton created one last chance – Rodriguez’s effort strayed to the right of Lloris’s post.

What it means

Both Ancelotti’s and Mourinho’s push for Champions League has faltered of late.

Before tonight’s game Everton had not won in their last four games and Spurs had only picked up four points in their last four Premier League games.

Tonight’s draw will allow the other chasers of the top four to breathe a little if they win this weekend.

On the positive hand-side, the last time Spurs qualified for the Champions League, they also drew 2-
2 with Everton.

Two former sides of both managers, Real Madrid and Chelsea, face off in the semi finals of the Champions League and both will need to do a lot more if they are to join them next season.

Everton starting XI: Pickford, Holgate, Keane, Godfrey, Digne, Davies, Allan, Sigurdsson, Iwobi, James, Richarlison.

Tottenham starting XI: Lloris, Aurier, Dier, Alderweireld, Rodon, Reguilon, Sissoko, Ndombele, Hojbjerg, Son, Kane.

Goalscorers Gylfi Sigurðsson 31’pen, 62′ Kane 27′, 68′

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