Fulltime Thoughts: I have nothing to say apart from this tweet.
90+4’ - There’s the final whistle, another draw. Bye bye Europe.
90+3’ - Kane is limping off for Dele now.
James with a chance to shoot, goes wide.
90+1’ - Ball breaks fortunately for Everton and King can run at Dier, wins a corner on the left. James takes again, Keane’s getting his shirt tugged down and ball falls to Godfrey and goes wide. Oliver clearly did not see that shirt pull.
89’ - Good running from James wins a corner on the left. Takes it himself, and foul as Keane is caught clambering over Rodon. Three minutes to be added on.
85’ - TWO CHANCES ARGH! James plays in King, and his shot is right at Lloris, rebound comes to Richy who blazes over. Oh man.
83’ - Everton corner on the right, wasted
Josh King will be coming on for Tom Davies now. Sig has gone into the midfield and King is out left in the 4-2-3-1.
80’ - Everton irate as Lamela is late on James, and it’s a shooting chance for Kane that Pickford gathers. Replay proves Oliver wrong, that was a foul.
77’ - Everton are tiring now as Spurs are starting to take control. Josh King the only sub worth making. Richarlison and James last saw the ball about twenty minutes ago.
72’ - Oof! Kane almost gets a hat-trick. Great cross into the box and his fadeaway jumper of a header is over Pickford and off the outside of the post. Everton still look stunned here.
69’ - Keane and Holgate fumble another cross and present Harry Kane with ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY to score, and guess what he does. Shambles between the pair. 2-2 now.
65’ - Mourinho makes two subs - Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela on for Reguilon and Ndombele.
62’ - GOOOOOOOOOOOOALLLLLLLLL!!
What an incredible goal. Coleman one-two with Richarlison, his cross into the box is flayed home by Sigurdsson who is intent on punishing his former side. 2-1 Everton!!
60’ - Richarlison goal! Offside. Richy gets behind the backline and neatly tucks home the dinked pass, but he was clearly offside.
Ancelotti has seen enough of Iwobi, and he’s going off for Seamus Coleman.
56’ - Kane spins away from Allan, finds Ndombele and his shot is deflected by Digne into the ground... and over the bar. Whew.
Son’s corner is low, Alderweireld beats Richy and his header is off the outside off the post, Pickford was right there too.
52’ - Kane finds Son whose shot form a narrow angle is saved well by Pickford. The corner bobbles through the Everton box before it’s cleared, whew.
50’ - Spurs’ first goal was due to an Iwobi mistake. Now another error allows Spurs to have another chance cleared very well by Digne for a corner that is eventually cleared by Iwobi.
48’ - Blues win a couple of corners on the left. James’ second corner is met by Richy but his header is wild.
46’ - Second half underway.
Halftime Thoughts: Everton have been the better side today and are taking advantage of Spurs two wingbacks who are pushing too far upfront and leaving giant gaps for the Blues to exploit.
45+2’ - Richy twists his ankle as he loses the ball in his feet with a chance to do something significant. Hobbling about gingerly now, but there’s the halftime whistle.
45+1’ - Freekick on the left wing, and James swings it right onto the penalty spot... Godfrey running onto it and his header balloons up and over. That was another chance.
45’ - Holgate and Davies clash heads and play is stopped as they receive attention. There will be three minutes added on.
41’ - Everton in the ascendancy now, and Sigurdsson finds Richy in a position to shot, blocked for a corner.
Sig outswinging corner is met by Richarlison, not enough power to trouble Lloris.
38’ - Now Richarlison and Iwobi combine on a turnover but Iwobi’s cross is fired at Sig and bounces away.
Now Sig and James combine beautifully and James can’t beat Lloris.
36’ - Kane sees Pickford in an advanced position and tries to chip him from about midfield, well wide.
James runs toward goal and flays a shot but Lloris controls easily.
33’ - Sig jinks past a couple of players and now Richy is fouled just outside the box, a shade to the left of centre.
Sig and James both standing over it, it’s the former Spurs player who takes it, right into the wall. Argh.
30’ - PENALTY! Sigurdsson centres for James to fire in the box and he’s fouled by Reguilon! Oliver calls right away for a penalty, no doubt there even though VAR looks at it.
Sigurdsson to take, 1-1! Sends Lloris the wrong way and pulls the Blues level.
27’ - Mistake and promptly punished. Cross into the box is headed on by Keane, and it goes over a diving Holgate and falls to Kane, who controls and swivels a shot home beautifully. 1-0 to Spurs, against the run of play really.
23’ - James with a delicious defence-splitting pass that finds Richarlison whose snapshot is palmed away by Lloris.
21’ - Tom Davies goes in the book for sliding into Ndombele. Weak call.
17’ - Godfrey holds off Ndombele with his arm, and the midfielder falls down with an operatic scream. Ref Michael Oliver is not interested and gives the Blues the ball back after he receives medical attention.
10’ - Everton’s passing has not been crisp and precise, not for the last couple of months anyway. Blues looking more like a 4-2-3-1 here, with Sigurdsson, James and Iwobi in a line behind Richarlison.
7’ - Hojbjerg tugs back a breaking Sig, and is the first player to be booked.
5’ - First shot from Everton is Gylfi Sigurdsson trying to curl one into the far corner, but it’s wayward.
1’ - We’re underway after the minute of silence and taking a knee.
Silly early foul conceded in a dangerous area by Tom Davies. Sergio Reguilon towards goal, wide and over.
Allan is back! Jordan Pickford and Alex Iwobi in the starting XI too. Ancelotti has spoken about Andre Gomes who was supposedly fit.
“He trained with the team but was not so comfortable so I prefer to wait a little bit so he will be ready for the next game.”
Formation looks like it will be a 4-3-3, against Spurs who will be in a 5-3-2.
Pickford, Holgate, Godfrey, Keane, Digne, Allan, Davies, Sigurdsson, Iwobi, Rodriguez, Richarlison
Subs: Virginia, Olsen, King, Nkounkou, Coleman, Broadhead, John, Price, Welch
Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Rodon, Dier, Reguilón, Højbjerg, Sissoko, Ndombele, Son, Kane
Subs: Hart, Sanchez, Tanganga, Winks, Lo Celso, Dele, Lamela, Lucas, Bale
Everton and Tottenham Hotspur both find themselves on the outside looking in at Europe for next season, with the London side a point ahead of the Blues having played one more game. If there ever was a ‘six-pointer’, then this would be it as the winner would get a chance to get closer to the top six with just a handful of games left to play.
Spurs recent elimination from the Europa League as well as exiting the FA Cup at Everton’s hands means the pressure has been building on Jose Mourinho who will likely (be forced to) exit the club should they miss out on European qualification for next season.
Carlo Ancelotti meanwhile insists that not getting to Europe in his first full season in charge would not be a disaster, but it’s pretty clear to all that not finishing in the top six will stall for a year at least any plans Ancelotti and Marcel Brands have of moving the club back into the higher echelons of the Premier League.
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The Toffees have taken on the Spurs twice this season - away in London on the first day of the 2020-21 campaign in a sparkling performance coming away with a 1-0 win, and then recently at Goodison in the fifth round of the FA Cup in a rollicking 5-4 win that required extra-time to find the winner.