Kane double seals point at Goodison Park - match report and debrief
Everton 2-2 Spurs
Fri 16 April 2021, 21:59|Tottenham Hotspur
The points were shared at Goodison Park on Friday evening as Harry Kane and Gylfi Sigurdsson both scored twice for their respective teams on Merseyside.
We struck first in the 27th minute before giving up our lead just four minutes later as former Spur Sigurdsson levelled from the penalty spot, while the midfielder fired the Toffees ahead just after the hour mark, only for Kane to seize on a loose ball in the area and restore parity in the 68th minute. Kane subsequently limped off in stoppage time as the game ended 2-2.
The draw keeps us in seventh place in the Premier League, five points off the top four with six league matches remaining.
It took 22 minutes before the first shot on target, Hugo Lloris palming away Richarlison’s right-footed curler, while our first effort five minutes later resulted in the opening goal. Tanguy Ndombele delivered a cross from the left which flicked off the head of Michael Keane and fell to Kane, who controlled and hit a volley on the turn into the bottom corner.
But the hosts levelled from the penalty spot four minutes later after Sergio Reguilon tangled with James Rodriguez in the area. It looked soft but Michael Oliver pointed to the spot and VAR agreed, Sigurdsson wrong-footing Lloris to score. We then fell behind in the 62nd minute when Seamus Coleman – on the pitch as a substitute for a matter of seconds – played a one-two with Richarlison down the right flank and cut the ball back for Sigurdsson, who finished with some style from just inside the area.
This time it was our turn to respond swiftly as we drew level within six minutes, benefitting from a big slice of luck as substitute Erik Lamela’s cross was headed by Keane against his centre-back partner Mason Holgate and again, the ball rebounded straight to Kane who swept home the loose ball. Chances came and went for both sides in the final quarter of the game, Kane almost completing his hat-trick but his header clipped the outside of the post, while Lloris made a vital save with his legs from substitute Josh King and Richarlison blazed the rebound over the bar for the hosts.
Missed opportunities in top four fight
Both ourselves and Everton went into the game hoping to boost our chances of still finishing in the top four, so the draw probably didn’t suit either side. The two teams certainly had chances to win the game outside of the four goals, Everton enjoying a bright spell after their first equaliser when their confidence was boosted by Sigurdsson’s penalty. They could have gone into the break ahead had it not been for Lloris saving from Rodriguez, while Alex Iwobi struck a fierce shot which was goalbound before it hit Sigurdsson and bounced to safety before Rodriguez was played in by Sigurdsson but was denied from eight yards out by our skipper, all in the space of a couple of minutes.
Early in the second half, quick feet from Heung-Min Son in the inside left channel saw him get away from Keane but Jordan Pickford was out quickly to smother his shot from a tight angle and in the 56th minute, Lucas Digne blocked Ndombele’s shot which looped over the bar. From the resulting corner, Toby Alderweireld’s glancing near-post header hit the woodwork with Pickford scrambling across his goal.
After the two sides had exchanged their second goals midway through the second half, the chances kept coming. Kane clipped the outside of the post with a header from Lucas Moura's cross, then Lamela found plenty of space in midfield to run into and advanced on goal but fired well over from 20 yards.
The last real opportunity came for the home side in the 84th minute when we lost possession in midfield and Rodriguez slid a pass in to King, but Lloris saved well and Richarlison couldn’t keep the rebound down.
There was one moment of worry in stoppage time, but this time it involved Kane limping off the pitch apparently injured, replaced by Dele Alli, although time will tell on the severity of the problem.
20 up for Kane
Kane’s first on the night was his 20th Premier League goal of the campaign, the fifth time he has reached that tally in the competition. Only Sergio Aguero (six) and Alan Shearer (seven) have done it in more seasons.
Kane’s brace took his tally against Everton to an impressive 12 goals in 12 games with the Toffees, including eight in seven appearances at Goodison Park.
Jose Mourinho made two changes to the team that started against Manchester United last time out on Sunday – Alderweireld and Moussa Sissoko both returning in place of Lucas and Giovani Lo Celso, who were on the bench. Sissoko was making his 200th Spurs appearance, while Lucas’ introduction off the bench in the 64th minute marked his 100th Premier League appearance. The match taking place on Friday evening also meant we have now played on every day of the week over the course of the season.
Reaction on Spurs TV
'Probably the result is fair'
Jose told Spurs TV after the final whistle: "The game was very tight. I know that they scored one goal that they shouldn’t with that penalty, but probably the result is a good reflection of what the game was - very tight, lots of duels, big intensity, lots of fighting in midfield, dangerous attacking players for both sides, but normally well controlled by defensive systems.
"We could win, we could lose in the end - undeservedly - but probably the result is a fair result."
Everton 2-2 Spurs
Everton (4-2-3-1): Pickford, Holgate, Godfrey, Keane, Digne, Allan, Davies (King 83), Rodriguez, Iwobi (Coleman 61), Sigurdsson (c), Richarlison. Substitutes (not used): Virginia, Olsen, Nkounkou, Broadhead, John, Price, Welch.
Spurs (3-4-1-2): Lloris (c), Alderweireld, Rodon, Dier, Aurier, Hojbjerg, Sissoko, Reguilon (Lucas 64), Ndombele (Lamela 64), Son, Kane (Dele 90+3). Substitutes (not used): Hart, Sanchez, Tanganga, Winks, Lo Celso, Bale.
Goals: Spurs – Kane 27, 68; Everton – Sigurdsson 31 (pen), 62.
Yellow cards: Everton – Davies; Spurs – Hojbjerg.
Referee: Michael Oliver.
Venue: Goodison Park.
Weather: Partly cloudy, gentle breeze, two degrees.