Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League football chances are almost over as they could only manage one point on the road against Everton by the final score of 2-2.
Jose Mourinho opted for a three-back formation, accompanied by Joe Rodon, Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld, who had not started in the league since March. Moussa Sissoko slipped into midfield while Giovani Lo Celso was moved to the bench. The move was curious, given that the first half of the game against United was one of the best spells the team have had in recent memory.
7 ‘- Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is forced to commit a professional misconduct. He wins a warning. It’s not a good start to have our anchor in the book so early.
10 ‘- Jordan Pickford makes a stupid pass and gives the ball to Aurier. Two assists later, Spurs return it straight away, trying to get behind the defense.
21 ‘- Tom Davies enters the book for a rather reckless challenge. No argument from Everton midfielder.
23 ‘- Chance for Everton as Richarlison somehow finds room between three center-backs to get a curling effort on the net. Hugo Lloris makes the stop.
25 ‘- Serge Aurier awkwardly collapses while trying to recover the ball, even if it seems that he is fine after a minute of recovery.
27 ‘- GOAL SPURS !!! Who other than Harry Kane? After a terrible defense from Everton, the Spurs take advantage and send the ball to Kane who is hilariously unmarked. One end later, it’s 1-0!
31 ‘- Penalty goal at Everton. Reguilon made a bad fault almost just above the spot. Sigurdsson takes the penalty and pierces it at home. 1-1.
38 ‘- Does anyone want to play defense? James and Sigurdsson bond for another chance that forces Hugo to make a diving save to his left. It’s still level, but Everton look on the best side right now.
45 + 1 ‘- Putting luck to the piece for Everton as James throws him in and finds Ben Godfrey, but he fails to keep his head down.
46 ‘- No change on either side. I really wasn’t expecting anything else but a guy can expect to see Lo Celso or Dele, right?
50 ‘- Nice exchange against the Spurs after a turnover from Everton. Kane feeds Dier who throws him for the far post. Hojbjerg tries to get there but Digne heads for a corner.
52 ‘- Sonny gets to the heart of the matter and leaves Keane for dead. Pickford is forced to make a sliding save to keep him off the scoresheet.
57 ‘- Good luck for Spurs as Kane breaks free and finds Tanguy Ndombele at the top of the penalty area. His shot is deflected and passes just over the goal. The ensuing corner gives another chance as Toby gets a nice ball at the end but finds the side net.
60 ‘- Everton open the Tottenham defense as Richarlison places one in the net, but he is at least a yard offside.
62 ft – Everton goal. Sigurdsson gets a brace by scoring a brilliant one-timer on a superb ball from Seamus Coleman. Hugo had no chance to stop that one. 2-1.
64 ‘- Replacement of Spurs: Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela replace Sergio Reguilon and Tanguy Ndombele.
69 ‘- GOAL SPURS! Thanks again, Everton Defense! Michael Keane made his second major mistake of the night trying to clear Lamela’s ball and practically Kane his brace.
72 ‘- Kane smells blood and wants his hat trick, trying an outrageous header from 12 yards and almost found the top corner. It looked like nothing and yet it almost gave Spurs the advantage.
76 ‘- Rather ambitious attempt by Lamela as he enters the center. Sonny was open with the right pass but he ended up taking it himself and sending him to the tenth row.
85 ‘- Insanely close as Everton forces a turnover in midfield. James finds King on the run but is refused by Hugo. Richarlison’s follow-up is a shot to the sky that ends the threat.
90 ‘- Three more minutes and the Spurs still have a sub to burn. Time is a flat circle of pain.
93 ‘- WELCOME. Kane limped as Dele could make an appearance for about 14 seconds.
Thoughts on the match
- Ugh. Just … uh. Spurs may have received two goals because Michael Keane doesn’t know how to direct a ball well, but why the hell didn’t we see our third successful sub when there was still time to get it?
- Building on that, leaving Lo Celso on the bench is just a bonkers decision. Sissoko was no good and bringing Gio into the fold could have helped tremendously.
- And then there’s the whole terrifying thing about Kane limping. Hopefully that’s nothing serious considering we have a cup final in nine days, but Carlos can start on Wednesday if Kane needs time to be ready for City.
- I find it hard to think of someone who was truly an outstanding artist. Ndombele was good, but after that it was just a game.
- If Mourinho wants to save his job, this result does not help. Spurs are now watching the Europa League for the second year in a row and even that’s no guarantee. Winning the League Cup is only enough for the Conference League now, by the way.
- Spurs will have Southampton next Wednesday in the league.