“I think Everton is lucky, really.”
That was Jamie Carragher’s verdict after Michael Oliver awarded the Toffees a penalty when Tottenham defender Sergio Regulion was accused of fouling James Rodriguez in the box.
After Harry Kane brilliantly gave Spurs the lead, the hosts retaliated from just 12 yards later – but the decision was controversial to say the least.
When first viewed, it looked like Reguilon had slammed into Rodriguez – but reruns appeared to show the Everton forward kicking the ground before hitting the ground.
On commentary for Sky Sports, Carragher initially said it was a penalty, but the Liverpool icon changed his tone after watching the reruns.
“When you slow down, was there a lot of contact?” he said, “I can’t see it.
“I can’t try Michael Oliver, I’m sure most people would have thought it was a real-time penalty. But questions about VAR and the official who is on VAR. “
Andre Marriner, who is VAR’s manager for the Goodison Park meeting, didn’t think Oliver’s decision was bad enough for him to change his decision.
Nevertheless, both teams entered at half-time with the level of scores.
The decision could have huge consequences in the first four races, as the defeat of either team could end either team’s Champions League aspirations.