Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a late equaliser for Tottenham against Everton to cap a riveting match between two Champions League hopefuls.

Spurs took the lead after just 33 seconds when Emmanuel Adebayor converted Jan Vertonghen's low cross.

But Everton levelled through Phil Jagielka and took the lead from a fine solo goal by Kevin Mirallas.

Villas-Boas eyes final day thriller

In a frantic finale, Adebayor struck the post and Sigurdsson slotted home the rebound to claim a vital point.

There was still time for Everton to go close as Victor Anichebe ran through on goal and saw his shot smothered by Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris.

But a draw seemed a fair result after a spirited attacking performance from two sides making light of the absence of some of their most creative players.

Tottenham, deprived of injured trio Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe, found plenty of flair from Mousa Dembele, Sigurdsson and a rejuvenated Adebayor.

And Everton, who were missing the suspended Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar, were once again indebted to the superb Mirallas, whose goal was every bit as eye-catching as his stunning solo winner against Stoke last weekend.

Sharp Starters

  • Adebayor's goal was Tottenham's second fastest in the Premier League after Ledley King's strike after 10 seconds in a win at Bradford in December 2000.

It was the home side who started the sharper, however, with their quickest goal in more than 12 years.

Vertonghen's whipped low cross from the left flank eluded two Everton players and found Adebayor, who stretched out a leg to steer the ball past Tim Howard.

Everton were then presented with their first opportunity by Michael Dawson. The Spurs centre-half's pass was intercepted by Leon Osman, who steadied himself before curling a right-footed effort narrowly wide of the far post.

They did not have long to wait for their equaliser, a Baines corner after 15 minutes picking out Jagielka, who climbed above Vertonghen to head the ball through Lloris's legs.

Paul Gascoigne

Former Spurs and Everton midfielder Paul Gascoigne was in the crowd at White Hart Lane

Watched by former star Paul Gascoigne, Tottenham enjoyed more of the ball for the remainder of the half without creating many clear openings.

They appealed for a penalty before half-time when Clint Dempsey's cross appeared to strike Darron Gibson's arm but replays suggested the ball struck him on the shoulder.

Everton began the second half on the front foot and had already gone close through Gibson when a moment of brilliance from Mirallas gave the visitors the lead.

The agile Belgian darted inside from the right, skipped past Scott Parker and Steven Caulker and placed a shot into the far corner.

Mirallas's effort was almost cancelled out by his countryman Dembele moments later, the midfielder's strike taking a deflection off John Heitinga before being parried onto the underside of the bar by Tim Howard.

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Suddenly the game was alive with defenders tackling and blocking desperately at either end.

For Spurs, the lively Adebayor worked some space in the area but stuck straight at Howard and Dempsey curled a shot around the post.

With Everton's players defending deep inside their own half, the Toffees looked on course for three points as the game entered the final five minutes.

But inspiration arrived for Tottenham in the form of right-back Kyle Walker. Sprinting down the wing, he cut the ball back for Adebayor, whose curling effort stuck the post and rolled across goal for Sigurdsson to tap home.

The intervention of Lloris to deny Anichebe proved just as crucial as Spurs sealed a point that keeps them in touch with Champions League rivals Chelsea and Arsenal.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 25 Lloris
  • 05 Vertonghen
  • 20 Dawson
  • 28 Walker
  • 33 Caulker
  • 02 Dempsey Booked
  • 08 Parker (Carroll - 89' )
  • 22 Sigurdsson
  • 23 Holtby
  • 10 Adebayor
  • 19 Dembele (Huddlestone - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Friedel
  • 16 Naughton
  • 32 Assou-Ekotto
  • 06 Huddlestone
  • 29 Livermore
  • 44 Ceballos
  • 46 Carroll

Everton

  • 24 Howard
  • 03 Baines
  • 05 Heitinga
  • 06 Jagielka
  • 15 Distin
  • 23 Coleman
  • 04 Gibson
  • 20 Barkley (Jelavic - 52' )
  • 21 Osman
  • 11 Mirallas Booked (Naismith - 86' )
  • 28 Anichebe

Substitutes

  • 01 Mucha
  • 26 Stones
  • 34 Duffy
  • 08 Oviedo
  • 16 Hitzlsperger
  • 07 Jelavic
  • 14 Naismith
Ref: Marriner
Att: 36,192

Match Stats

Shots

19 9

On target

10 5

Corners

7 6

Fouls

14 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:56 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:51

Kyle Walker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Anichebe. Free kick crossed left-footed by Leighton Baines from left channel, save made by Hugo Lloris.

90:00 +3:07

Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Jagielka. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

90:00 +1:42

Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Save by Hugo Lloris.

90:00 +0:46

Victor Anichebe challenges Tom Huddlestone unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Huddlestone restarts play with the free kick.

88:57

Victor Anichebe takes a shot. Save by Hugo Lloris.

88:37 Substitution

Substitution Scott Parker goes off and Tom Carroll comes on.

86:28

Emmanuel Adebayor provided the assist for the goal.

86:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Gylfi Sigurdsson - Tottenham 2 - 2 Everton Gylfi Sigurdsson finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tottenham 2-2 Everton.

86:25

Emmanuel Adebayor has an effort at goal from the edge of the box hitting the post.

86:00

Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. Phil Jagielka gets a block in.

85:04 Substitution

Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with Steven Naismith coming on for Kevin Mirallas.

84:06

Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.

83:47 Booking

Booking Clint Dempsey is cautioned.

82:56

Kyle Walker crosses the ball, clearance made by Sylvain Distin.

82:03

Effort on goal by Victor Anichebe from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

81:01

Free kick crossed right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson, Tim Howard makes a save.

81:01 Booking

Booking Kevin Mirallas goes into the referee's book.

80:48

Unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Kevin Mirallas results in a free kick.

79:13

The referee blows for offside against Emmanuel Adebayor. Tim Howard takes the indirect free kick.

78:35

The ball is crossed by Lewis Holtby, save by Tim Howard.

76:55

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the left by-line, clearance made by Victor Anichebe.

75:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Darron Gibson on Scott Parker. Gylfi Sigurdsson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Johnny Heitinga makes a clearance.

74:40 Substitution

Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Tom Huddlestone coming on for Mousa Dembele.

73:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leighton Baines by Kyle Walker. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.

72:23

Centre by Lewis Holtby, Sylvain Distin makes a clearance.

71:48

The referee blows for offside. Mousa Dembele takes the direct free kick.

70:07

Corner taken right-footed by Kevin Mirallas from the left by-line, Steven Caulker manages to make a clearance.

69:49

Victor Anichebe takes a shot. Save made by Hugo Lloris.

69:14

Kyle Walker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leon Osman. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.

68:37

Centre by Leighton Baines.

67:37

Clint Dempsey produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

66:51

Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.

65:56

Clint Dempsey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sylvain Distin. Phil Jagielka takes the free kick.

65:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Emmanuel Adebayor on Seamus Coleman. Tim Howard takes the free kick.

64:29

Jan Vertonghen takes a shot. Blocked by Johnny Heitinga. Corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson played to the near post.

63:52

Kyle Walker takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a save.

62:53

Corner taken by Kevin Mirallas from the right by-line, Headed effort from the edge of the area by Sylvain Distin goes wide of the right-hand post.

62:29

Short corner worked by Kevin Mirallas.

61:55

Corner taken by Kevin Mirallas from the left by-line to the near post, Lewis Holtby makes a clearance.

60:51

The ball is delivered by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

60:05

Clint Dempsey produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

59:26

The ball is swung over by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

58:36

Hugo Lloris sends in a cross, clearance made by Sylvain Distin.

57:27

Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.

56:34

Scott Parker fouled by Nikica Jelavic, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Parker.

55:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mousa Dembele on Victor Anichebe. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.

54:18

Mousa Dembele takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.

52:20

The assist for the goal came from Victor Anichebe.

52:20 Goal scored

Goal! - Kevin Mirallas - Tottenham 1 - 2 Everton Kevin Mirallas finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-2 Everton.

51:28 Substitution

Substitution Ross Barkley goes off and Nikica Jelavic comes on.

51:12

Darron Gibson has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

49:36

Centre by Leighton Baines, clearance made by Michael Dawson.

47:13

Shot from just outside the box by Clint Dempsey misses to the right of the target.

45:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Leon Osman. Direct free kick taken by Scott Parker.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +2:18 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +1:45

Kyle Walker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ross Barkley. Leighton Baines takes the free kick.

45:00 +1:01

Corner from the left by-line taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson, save by Tim Howard.

45:00 +0:51

Mousa Dembele produces a cross, Phil Jagielka makes a clearance.

43:33

Victor Anichebe fouled by Michael Dawson, the ref awards a free kick. Johnny Heitinga restarts play with the free kick.

40:11

Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a save.

33:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman by Mousa Dembele. Direct free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.

32:23

Unfair challenge on Johnny Heitinga by Lewis Holtby results in a free kick. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.

32:02

Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a outswinging corner.

31:36

Clint Dempsey crosses the ball, Sylvain Distin manages to make a clearance.

31:20

Gylfi Sigurdsson produces a cross, Phil Jagielka makes a clearance.

30:46

Inswinging corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the left by-line, clearance by Sylvain Distin.

29:08

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson, comfortable save by Tim Howard.

27:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mousa Dembele by Ross Barkley. Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.

26:58

The referee blows for offside. Sylvain Distin restarts play with the free kick.

26:03

Scott Parker challenges Leon Osman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phil Jagielka takes the free kick.

25:13

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Kyle Walker goes wide of the right-hand upright.

23:43

Long distance shot from Lewis Holtby misses to the left of the target.

22:38

The ball is crossed by Jan Vertonghen, Leighton Baines makes a clearance.

21:07

Handball by Kyle Walker. Direct free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.

19:28

The ball is sent over by Lewis Holtby.

18:38

Clint Dempsey takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand post.

17:22

Mousa Dembele produces a left-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.

16:03

Ross Barkley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jan Vertonghen. Direct free kick taken by Lewis Holtby.

14:26

Assist on the goal came from Leighton Baines.

14:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Phil Jagielka - Tottenham 1 - 1 Everton Phil Jagielka scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Tottenham 1-1 Everton.

13:59

Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the right by-line,

13:34

Scott Parker challenges Leon Osman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phil Jagielka restarts play with the free kick.

13:03

Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside. Phil Jagielka takes the indirect free kick.

11:33

The referee blows for offside. Hugo Lloris restarts play with the free kick.

10:36

Leon Osman has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

6:41

Sylvain Distin concedes a free kick for a foul on Mousa Dembele. Direct free kick taken by Kyle Walker.

5:34

Unfair challenge on Leon Osman by Lewis Holtby results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.

4:42

Corner taken right-footed by Kevin Mirallas from the left by-line, save by Hugo Lloris.

2:07

Lewis Holtby concedes a free kick for a foul on Seamus Coleman. Phil Jagielka takes the free kick.

0:32

The assist for the goal came from Jan Vertonghen.

0:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Emmanuel Adebayor - Tottenham 1 - 0 Everton A goal is scored by Emmanuel Adebayor from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 Everton.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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