MATCH REPORT: EVERTON 1-1 TOTTENHAM

MISFORTUNE COSTS THE TOFFEES

On the Sunday afternoon, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur played out an eventful 1-1 draw that resulted in great damage for the Toffees.

It was a poor first half that passed without much incident but early into the second half, a poor backpass from Alex Iwobi resulted in Tottenham opening the scoring through Dele Alli on 63 minutes. A few minutes later, with the Blues scrambling for an equalizer, a corner came in and flicked off the hand of Alli. The decision went to VAR and somehow the penalty was not given. Then ten minutes later, Everton were dealt an enormous blow.

Andre Gomes went into Heung-min Son with a slightly late tackle and the South Korean was left aggrieved that Gomes got off without a booking. In retaliation, when Gomes next got on the ball, Son attempted a wild challenge through the back of the midfielder, causing Gomes’ ankle to catch in the turf, suffering a fractured dislocated ankle which seems certain to rule the Portuguese out for a long time. Son was quite rightly sent off for the incident and yet inexplicably the red card was rescinded by the FA a few days later.

An aggrieved Everton side fought hard to get a goal and finally on 98 minutes, with 12 minutes added on for Gomes’ injury, a perfectly-flighted Lucas Digne cross was nodded home by Cenk Tosun. Everton could’ve got a winner a few minutes later, but Richarlison was caught by Davinson Sanchez after racing through on goal but no free-kick was awarded. The score ended 1-1 but Everton quite rightly felt robbed in one of the worst-officiated games in living memory.

3rd November 2019 – Premier League

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