Harry Kane and Gylfi Sigurdsson both scored braces to ensure that Tottenham Hotspur and Everton shared the spoils in an exhilarating 2-2 draw at Goodison Park on Friday.
The hosts lined up without top scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who is battling a groin problem. Tottenham Hotspur deployed a three-man defense, with Toby Alderweireld returning to the starting lineup at the expense of Lucas Moura.
A cagey start to the game saw both sides struggle to find their rhythm. However, it was Everton who had the first real chance when Richarlison was played through on goal. The Brazil international, however, shot straight at Hugo Lloris when he should arguably have done better.
The visitors made them pay soon after when Harry Kane showed great composure to control the ball before unleashing a pristine left-footed finish beyond the dive of Jordan Pickford.
Tottenham Hotspur’s lead lasted just four minutes as Sergio Reguilon clumsily bundled into James Rodriguez, and Sigurdsson converted the ensuing spot-kick to restore parity on the half-hour mark.
There was still time in the first half for Lloris to pull off a stunning save from Rodriguez and ensure that both sides went into the break all square.
Tottenham Hotspur started the second half on the stronger foot and went close on two occasions through Heung-Min Son and Toby Alderweireld. Richarlison found the back of the net on the hour mark only for the linesman’s flag to pull him up for offside.
There was no denying Everton just two minutes later, though, as a brilliant counter-attacking move saw Seamus Coleman send a delightful ball into the box, which Sigurdsson finished with an emphatic left-footed volley.
Interestingly, Coleman had been on the field for less than a minute, having replaced Alex Iwobi in the 61st minute.
The goal prompted Jose Mourinho to make changes of his own, with Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura both entering the fray.
The ping-pong nature of the game continued as Everton’s lead lasted for just six minutes. Lamela’s cross into the box was not properly dealt with, and Kane was on hand to draw Tottenham Hotspur level.
The goal took him to 164 goals in the Premier League and 7th on the all-time standings.
Kane hit the outside of the post soon after, and Richarlison had a perfect chance to win the game for Everton late on.
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