Points shared on difficult afternoon at Goodison Park
Everton 1-1 Spurs
Sun 03 November 2019, 18:45|Tottenham Hotspur
Cenk Tosun cancelled out Dele Alli's opener during a lengthy period of stoppage time in a match marred by a serious injury to Everton's Andre Gomes at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Leading through Dele's strike following a mistake by Alex Iwobi, the game completely changed going into the last 15 minutes when midfielder Gomes suffered a terrible injury in a challenge involving Heung-Min Son and bystander Serge Aurier.
Son, visibly distraught, was shown the red card by referee Martin Atkinson, reducing us to 10 men for the latter stages, which included 12 additional minutes owing to the injury, plus some lengthy VAR stoppages - none of which resulted in penalties being given.
In the 97th minute, substitute Tosun headed home to make it 1-1 and neither side was able to find a winner on a difficult afternoon at the home of the Toffees.
Mauricio Pochettino made three changes to the team that lost 2-1 at Liverpool last weekend as we paid back-to-back league visits to Merseyside for the first time in 40 years - fixtures which coincidentally produced the exact same pair of results as they did back in 1979. Left-back Ben Davies came in to captain the side for the first time in place of the suspended Danny Rose, Tanguy Ndombele replaced Harry Winks in central midfield and Lucas Moura deputised for the unwell Harry Kane up front. Ryan Sessegnon came off the bench for his debut in the last minute of stoppage time.
Both sides came into the game having won only three of 10 Premier League fixtures this season and, as such, played it relatively safe in an uneventful first half. Son's shot was charged down at the edge of the box and Aurier's cross was palmed away by Jordan Pickford, while Richarlison had Everton's two best attempts - his low shot from range gathered easily by Paulo Gazzaniga before an angled shot from inside the box on the left zipped over the bar.
Son switched to centre-forward at the start of the second half and had a penalty appeal waved away on 51 minutes after going to ground under Yerry Mina's challenge. VAR had a couple of looks at it before eventually allowing play to continue. Christian Eriksen's dangerous free-kick was then missed by Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez flying in, while Davies could only steer it back into an area with no Lilywhite shirts at the back post, with Gazzaniga superbly saving Richarlison's shot at the other end just past the hour mark.
We finally found the breakthrough on 63 minutes after Iwobi gave possession away, Son pounced on the loose ball and picked out Dele racing in down the left channel, the midfielder cutting in onto his right foot before drilling past Pickford for his second goal in three league games.
VAR looked into a possible penalty for handball seven minutes later, this time for the hosts, as Mina climbed above Dele in the box, but after a three-minute delay, play continued once more. Then, with 11 minutes of normal time remaining, came the incident involving Son, Gomes and Aurier which saw Son red carded and the stricken Gomes carried off on a stretcher. That understandably affected everyone inside the ground but as we tried to defend our lead with 10 men, Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed over the bar before the home side equalised in the seventh of 12 added minutes, Tosun heading Lucas Digne's cross powerfully into the net.
Speaking to Spurs TV afterwards, manager Mauricio said: "The performance was good, I’m happy with the spirit and the energy and of course we had the game under control when the situation with Andre Gomes happened.
"After that, it was a completely different game. We all feel sorry. First of all, I want to send all my best wishes on behalf of the all the team and the Club to Andre, his family and everyone because this is a tough moment and we all feel sorry. We hope he can be on the pitch again as soon as possible."
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Everton 1-1 Spurs
Everton (4-3-3): Pickford, Sidibe, Holgate, Mina, Digne (c), Gomes (Sigurdsson 83), Davies (Calvert-Lewin 83), Delph, Walcott (Tosun 68), Richarlison, Iwobi. Substitutes (not used): Lossl, Keane, Coleman, Kean.
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Gazzaniga, Aurier (Foyth 87), Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies (c), Ndombele (Lo Celso 73), Sissoko, Dele, Eriksen (Sessegnon 90+12), Son, Lucas. Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Dier, Winks, Parrott.
Goals: Everton - Tosun 90+7; Spurs - Dele 63.
Yellow cards: Everton - Walcott 30; Spurs - Eriksen 31, Ndombele 65.
Red card: Spurs - Son 79.
Referee: Martin Atkinson.
Venue: Goodison Park.
Weather: Light rain, gentle breeze, 10 degrees.