Everton 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur: 5 points to talk while Harry Kane and Gylfi Sigurdsson secure parity


Harry Kane and Gylfi Sigurdsson both achieved brackets to ensure this Tottenham Hotspur i Everton shared the spoils in an exciting 2-2 draw at Goodison Park on Friday.

The hosts lined up without top scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who struggles with groin problems. Tottenham Hotspur deployed a three-man defense and Toby Alderweireld returned to the starting lineup at the expense of Lucas Moura.

The hard start of the game saw both sides struggling to find their rhythm. However, Everton was the one who had the first real opportunity when Richarlison was played through the goal. The Brazilian international, however, shot straight at Hugo Lloris when he could probably have done better.

The guests paid for them soon after Harry Kane showed great composure to control the ball before letting go of his left foot’s intact finish after Jordan Pickford’s dive.

Tottenham Hotspur’s lead lasted just four minutes as Sergio Reguilon awkwardly joined James Rodriguez, and Sigurdsson converted the hit spot that followed to restore parity to half an hour.

There was still time in the first half for Lloris to perform a stunning defense against Rodriguez and ensure that both sides enter the break.

Tottenham Hotspur started the second half with a stronger foot and came close to Heung-Min Son and Toby Alderweireld on two occasions. Richarlison found a clock mark at the back of the net just to have the flag line pull him offside.

Everton could not deny just two minutes later, although with a brilliant move in the counterattack Seamus Coleman sent a beautiful ball into the penalty area, which Sigurdsson ended with an accentuated volley with his left foot.

Interestingly, Coleman was on the field in less than a minute, replacing Alex Iwobi in the 61st minute.

The goal was encouraged Jose Mourinho to make his changes, and Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura enter the battle.

The ping-pong nature of the game continued while Everton’s lead lasted just six minutes. Lamela’s cross into the penalty area was not properly resolved, and Kane was on hand to equalize for Tottenham Hotspur.

The goal took him to 164 goals in the Premier League and to 7th place in all positions.

Kane soon hit the outside of the post, and Richarlison had a perfect chance to win the game for Everton late.

James found Joshua King nearby with an intact ball, but Lloris made a great defense and denied the Everton striker. The rebound fell on Richardson on the six-yard line. However, the 23-year-old blazed inexplicably.

In the overall balance of the game, a draw was probably the right result, although it was far from the outcome that either side needed.

Here are five conversation points from the game.

# 5 Have Tottenham Hotspur’s four best hopes been extinguished?

Tottenham Hotspur are out of rhythm in the race for the top four
Tottenham Hotspur are out of rhythm in the race for the top four

It seems like eons ago, but back in November, Tottenham Hotspur were seemingly in the running for the girls ’Premier League title.

However, the spectacular implosion since then has left Lily Whites scraping for the top four.

Clothes from north London got into this game knowing that anything other than victory could pay for their four best hopes. Going through Kane’s well-received opener, it seemed like they were on their way to three points.

However, Tottenham Hotspur this season is characterized by a lack of spine, which is proved by the fact that only Brighton and Hove Albion threw out more points from the won positions than them.

This is quite different from any Mourinho team in the past, and this draw was three league games in a row when the Spurs threw points from the positions they won.

More importantly where he leaves them on the table. Just six games to go, Tottenham Hotspur are four points behind for the first four, playing a game more.

Winning here could reduce them Chelsea and West Ham. However, the failure to do the job means White Hart Lane’s clothing has nearly extinguished hopes of getting into the top four.

# 4 Impressive Gylfi Sigurdsson steps to the board

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a bracket against his former team
Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a bracket against his former team

On his day, Gylfi Sigurdsson is without a doubt one of the best attacking midfielders in the league.

However, the 31-year-old is plagued by serious inconsistency. This saw him pull in and out of Everton’s starting lineup. Fortunately, injuries from regular midfielders saw him start his former side.

The Icelandic national team player shone like a million stars against Tottenham Hotspur, who helped Everton maintain the search for European qualifiers with their lock.

He showed great composure to tirelessly transform from the spot in the first half, while the technique required for the second goal underlined his immense ability.

With the Toffees facing the test of the season, club fans will hope that Sigurdsson’s performance against Tottenham Hotspur could strengthen him to lead their quest for European qualifiers.

Posted on April 17, 2021. 5:57 AM IST


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