It ended all square at Goodison Park between Everton and Tottenham, as Champions League hopes look all but over for José Mourinho’s men.
Mourinho’s Tottenham team went into today’s fixture having suffered a devastating defeat to Manchester United last week and dented their hopes of gaining a top four place and qualifying for next season’s Champions League. Everton went into the game having won just once in their last five, as their hopes of gaining Champions League qualification are becoming increasingly unlikely, which set up a finely balanced matchup between two struggling sides at a crucial stage of the season.
The first half started with both teams playing some very cagey football as neither goalkeeper had too much to worry about. However, the game sprung into life once Harry Kane fired the visitors in front just before the half-hour mark, with a coolly dispatched volley from inside the box.
Spurs were immediately pegged back though when Sergio Reguilón conceded what looked like a clumsy penalty at first, but on second viewing was rather soft. Nevertheless, former Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson sent Hugo Lloris the wrong way to level the score at 1-1.
This looked to be a turning point in the game as Everton continued to put Spurs under pressure and had a few good opportunities to go ahead, but ultimately couldn’t quite penetrate a troublesome backline that has given away 18 points from winning positions already this season.
The second half saw more of the same from Everton who took the lead on the hour through Sigurdsson after smartly putting away a delightful cross from Seamus Coleman to score his second of the evening.
This was until Kane equalised against the run of play thanks to a mix-up between Mason Holgate and Michael Keane, which presented the Tottenham captain with a golden opportunity in which he made no mistake of firing past Pickford.
Both teams looked defensively vulnerable and Spurs were looking the likelier to end up with the three points, although if this season’s FA Cup 5th round tie is anything to go by, you never really know with these two teams.
Just a minute from time saw every Tottenham fan’s worst nightmare with star man Harry Kane going off with what appeared to be an ankle injury due to a collision with Richarlison. He will now be a doubt for their next game against Southampton on Wednesday with a Carabao Cup final just a few days away.
In the end the points were shared after a 2-2 result which neither team will be satisfied with and you’d think Champions League football is now very unlikely both sides, especially with West Ham looking unstoppable at the moment.