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Tottenham 2-1 Everton: Final | Blues denied equalizer despite giving it everything

The Blues travel to North London looking for points

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Live Blog

90+7’ - There’s the final whistle but oh my goodness Everton have been robbed by the fates today haven’t they?

90+6’ - Danjuma hits the post! He was offside from the McNeil cross anyway.
NO HE WAS NOT! HIS SHOT COMES OFF THE UNDERSIDE OF THE BAR, HITS VICARIO WHO WAS ON THE LINE AND BOUNCES OUT. GOALLINE TECHNOLOGY SHOWS THE BALL HAD NOT FULLY GONE OVER THE LINE, OH MY WORD.

90+5’ - Wasted again! Gomes with a delightful cross as he is falling and finds Danjuma in space, the wide man runs at Dier and then blazes over when a cross would have been the better option.

90+2’ - Needless giveaway from Myko lets Spurs break, Blues have the ball again.

90’ - There will be six minutes or so added on.

86’ - Kulu booked for kicking the ball away. Pickford puts the ball into the box, and Everton hemming Spurs, Danjuma wins a corner after nutmegging Porro. Garner’s corner overhit and no one near it.

83’ - Patterson booked, late in on Johnson.
OH WHAT A CHANCE! Danjuma in space, and his shot is parried away for a corner by Vicario! Ahhh, Beto was in a great position for the cross. Corner pings about in the box, and a Spurs player goes down and the ref says foul.

81’ - Danjuma cuts in and shoots, blocked for a corner. Garner to take, hit long, Tarky lets it go and GOMES RIFLES IT HOME!! LOW HIT TO THE FAR POST!! 2-1 now.

79’ - Beto is on, and we are playing two strikers up top now, with Onana going off, 4-4-2.
Danjuma is on the left, McNeil on the right, with the two strikers in between.

77’ - Myko to Gomes, makes some room and hammers his shot into the side netting! Looks like it went off a boot, but ref says nothing doing.

75’ - Patterson bodied off the ball by Kulusevski and the Spurs player has a shooting opportunity, but Pickford saves his blushes. Corner taken by Porro, Jordan collects.
Apparently Gomes was booked for dissent at some point. Everton that.

70’ - Another McNeil corner, Branthwaite penalized for boxing out the goalie. Dyche is quite bemused and letting the fourth official know it too.

67’ - DCL and McNeil combine well to hold the ball, and win a corner. McNeil, into the box, headed clear, Myko’s drilled shot blocked and the danger passes.

65’ - Danjuma comes on for Harrison.

62’ - ARGH! Just when I slate Harrison, he produces a delightful outside-of-the-boot dinked cross that fell to Garner, the midfielder controls and shoots for the far post, and it kisses the woodwork on it’s way out wide, so so close. DCL’s disallowed goal came from the same area.

60’ - Harrison again with a poor giveaway when in a dangerous position. He’s gotta go off surely.

56’ - Spurs lining up to shoot outside the Everton box, Sarr’s shot is only blocked by Pickford and Tarky hammers away the rebound.

51’ - Oh no!! DCL has pulled one back, but VAR will take it away. Gomes tackled Sarr who gave the ball away very easily, and the midfielder fed in DCL for a delightful low shot. that beat Vicario. Was a 50/50 challenge, and after a VAR review the ref says no goal. Ugh.
Bizarre how the assistant referee who was right in front of the action didn’t think it was a foul.

50’ - Spurs happy to pass it around and let the Blues tire themselves out.

46’- One change for the hosts before we kickoff, with former Blue Eric Dier replacing Romero.

Halftime Thoughts - Everton really did well coming back into the game after going down two early on, but their finishing woes have been haunting them as they’ve wasted all their chances so far.

45+6’ - Another cross into the box is poor. The Blues really came into it and have had so many chances to get a goal back. Halftime, 2-0 to the hosts.

45+3’ - McNeil goes down too easily in the box, but the Blues win a corner from more horrendous defending by Spurs. Onana getting his shirt blatantly tugged in the box from the corner, ref sees nothing, says nothing. Of course.

45+2’ - Sublime cross-field pass for Harrison from Gomes, first touch is poor as it takes him into traffic, but he was narrowly offside anyway.

45’ - Five-plus minutes to be added on here after that Gana injury sub.

44’ - Spurs just handing Everton the ball now in their own box, Harrison’s cross comes off Skipp and then goes out off Myko who was crashing the box, better for the Blues where they’ve often had only one salmon shirt in the box for crosses.

42’ - Another shooting chance, this time Garner, not enough sting in it. The Blues are getting plenty of chances handed to them by Spurs trying to play out.

41’ - Garner nicks the ball off Richy, Gomes and DCL combine, cutback to no one though, Onana’s shot wild.
More drama! Another nice passing move comes to a Myko shooting chance, and guess what, there’s two balls on the pitch!! What utter nonsense.

40’ - McNeil puts the ball in the no-man’s land right in front of Vicario and DCL cannot get solid contact before the coming together. Good idea.

38’ - Heavy challenge by Richy on Tarky, it’s a foul and the ref doesn’t book him though, not much different from the tackle that saw Gana booked.

35’ - An error allows Harrison to get the ball and cross into the box, but he can’t find an Everton head and the danger is cleared. Final ball again was wanting.

30’ - Spurs’ high line means there will always be chances for the Blues to get a goal, but with the midfield getting overrun it’s only a matter of how much they concede before that. 29% possession for the Blues.

28’ - Blues lose the ball in the Spurs half and once again Spurs come slashing back with delightful quick passing, corner conceded by Myko. Cleared away.

26’ - Beautiful passing football from Spurs and they scythe right through the Everton lines but Onana pulls down Emerson as he went past him and is booked. Freekick is overhit and Everton survive.

21’ - Everton with some neat interplay in a tight space in the opposing half, but the final ball is poor, we’ve seen that before.
Gana clatters into Richy, and the Everton midfielder will be booked once he’s had medical attention. He’s also coming off it looks like with Andre Gomes making his season debut.

18’ - Spurs corner on the Everton left, taken short, Johnson’s shot beaten away by Pickford falls to Son as he tucks it in with ten Everton shirts standing still. 2-0 to Spurs, and the rout is on.

16’ - Branthwaite’s long ball finds Myko in acres of space on the left, early cross into DCL who gets ahead of Davies, but can’t make solid contact and Vicario’s diving save keeps the Blues off the scoresheet. A solid header would have been adequate for an equalizer.

15’ - Onana finds McNeil in space, ball could have been better, and winger drags a low cross/shot wide.

13’ - Almost two-nil here, as the Everton defence continues to slumber. Emerson’s cross from the left this time, and Johnson gets behind Myko into space but puts his finish well over. Blues very lucky.

9’ - Richarlison strikes. Cutback into the box from Johnson, and Richy gets to it just ahead of Tarky and tucks it in at the near post. 1-0 to the hosts.

8’ - Son fouled, ref plays advantage but the Blues spring the counter with McNeil and a great run down the middle, he finds DCL in space but the first touch is poor, and the second allows Romero to come back and block for a corner.
Corner taken short and the Blues try to recycle it before losing it.

3’ - Everton making a nuisance of themselves as Spurs are trying to play out of the back winning a series of throw-ins, before McNeil gets a corner on the left.
Garner takes it deep partly cleared, Myko hits a bouncing ball back at goal and Vicario collects.

1’ - Underway at Tottenham Stadium and straight away Kulusevski gets free behind Patterson, his cut back is met by Sarr but his connection is poor and Pickford gathers.

Starting Lineups

Everton

Vitaliy Mykolenko is fit again and starts, Dominic Calvert-Lewin is up top too.

Tottenham

Richarlison starts for the hosts against his former side.

Preview

Everton travel to North London to take on Tottenham Hotspur, looking to keep their away form going that has seen them reaping points in recent weeks. Hosts Spurs are an attacking lot with their uniquely high backline and pressing game, but are also not unbeatable.

Match Details

Competition: Premier League Matchweek 18

Date and start time: Saturday, December 23rd at 7:00 a.m. PT / 10:00 a.m ET / 3:00 p.m. BST

Stadium: Tottenham Stadium, North London, England, United Kingdom

Capacity: 62,850

Weather: 51°F/11°C, cloudy, 0% chance of precipitation, 13 mph winds

How to Watch/Listen

TV: Peacock - United States; N/A - United Kingdom; Fubo - Canada, beIN Sports Premium 1, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 2, Star Sports Select 1

Radio: evertontv, BBC Sport 5 Live

Live stream: Fubo, ESPN Play Sur, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, DStv Now, RUSH, Hotstar VIP, JioTV

Gamethread: The live blog will commence an hour before kickoff with the lineup announcements.

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Last Meeting

The Toffees have had a miserable record away at Spurs, with the win to start the 2020-21 season behind close doors under Carlo Ancelotti being the only one in well over two decades of futility in North London. Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the only goal of the game that day.