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Everton 2-2 Tottenham: Harry Kane scores twice to cancel out Gylfi Sigurdsson's two goals

By Matthew HenryBBC Sport
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Harry Kane suffered a late injury after scoring twice to rescue a point for Tottenham against Everton at Goodison Park.

Nine days before the Carabao Cup final and 58 days before England's European Championship opener, Kane limped off in stoppage time with an apparent ankle problem.

The striker seemed to land awkwardly after jumping for a header when defending a corner late on.

Manager Jose Mourinho said he did not know how serious the injury was.

"That's also a question I want an answer to as soon as possible but it's too early," Mourinho said.

"For him to come out it is not because it's nothing, it's something.

"We all felt the same fears of something that stops him playing Wednesday [against Southampton in the Premier League] and especially Sunday [the Carabao Cup final] but we will see."

Kane had earlier been at his clinical best, capitalising on two mistakes in the Everton defence to put Spurs ahead in the first half and grab a second-half equaliser.

In between Kane's strikes Gylfi Sigurdsson levelled from the penalty spot and gave Everton the lead by finishing off a fine team goal.

Everton pushed hardest for a winner and had the best chance to win it but Joshua King's effort was saved by Hugo Lloris and Richarlison fired the rebound over from 12 yards.

A draw suited neither side's pursuit of European football, with Tottenham staying seventh, five points behind fourth-placed West Ham and Everton a point and a place worse off, though they do have a game in hand.

Kane to the rescue but at what cost?

Harry Kane
Kane has scored 45 goals and provided 17 assists for Spurs under Jose Mourinho

Kane walking gingerly before bending down and holding his right ankle will strike fear into every Tottenham and England fan.

He left the field of his own accord but did so immediately and shaking his head.

Kane has suffered a series of ankle injuries in the past which only adds to the concern.

In 2018-19 he had two significant spells out with a left ankle injury and in 2017-18 he missed a month with an injury to the right ankle. He also endured separate absences of six and four weeks during the 2016-17 campaign.

Earlier this season he injured both ankles earlier but ultimately returned sooner than expected.

"Obviously it's always worrying when you see him limping because he doesn't fall over easily," team-mate Eric Dier told Sky Sports.

"He takes a lot of knocks. It's early days to say how bad it is but I'm sure he's a tough boy so will do what he can to be ready."

Kane had earlier shown his massive importance to his team once more, slamming home two sharp finishes from his only opportunities in an otherwise underwhelming Spurs performance. He has been involved in 62 goals in 62 appearances under Jose Mourinho.

His latest strikes were his 20th and 21st of this season, taking him two clear in the race for the golden boot. They also lifted him into seventh on the all-time Premier League scorers chart, clear of Robbie Fowler and Jermain Defoe.

Mistakes cost improved Everton

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Everton were much improved from their toothless performance in a goalless draw with Brighton on Monday. It was two mix-ups at the back that cost them three points.

For Kane's opener Michael Keane misjudged a header and flicked a cross into the Spurs striker's path and the England defender was involved again for Kane's second goal.

As a tame cross came in, he headed the ball into his fellow centre-back Mason Holgate and it deflected to Kane in the box. For a second time Kane gave the returning Jordan Pickford no chance.

There were positive signs in the rest of Everton's performance, however. They created opportunities despite the continued absence of their top scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin because of injury.

Sigurdsson's second was a delightful left-footed guide into the far corner from Seamus Coleman's cross after the Ireland international had played a slick one-two with Richarlison.

Everton also benefited from clumsiness by Sergio Reguilon, who rushed into the back of James Rodriguez to foul the Colombian for Everton's penalty. There was not much contact but enough for the spot-kick to be awarded.

The Toffees are now five games without a win in the league but this was a much more promising display.

"If we made less mistakes in the box we can win the game," manager Carlo Ancelotti said.

"It was one of the best performances we have played here at home. We created the opportunities to win the game."

Spurs surrender winning position again - the best stats

  • The past five meetings between Everton and Tottenham at Goodison Park in all competitions have produced 26 goals (10 for Everton, 16 for Spurs), an average of 5.2 per game.
  • Everton have failed to win any of their past five Premier League matches (D3 L2), their longest such run since December 2018 under Marco Silva.
  • No Premier League side has dropped more points from winning positions this season than Tottenham (20).
  • Everton have scored all five of the penalties they have taken against Spurs in the Premier League (Cottee, Unsworth x2, Ferguson, Sigurdsson).
  • Only versus Chelsea (6) has Everton's Gylfi Sigurdsson scored more Premier League goals than against Tottenham (5). Indeed, Sigurdsson is the third player to score a Premier League double against Spurs having played for them in the competition, after Darren Bent (April 2010, Sunderland) and Matthew Etherington (December 2011, Stoke).
  • Only Alan Shearer (7) and Sergio Aguero (6) have scored 20+ goals in more different Premier League seasons than Spurs' Harry Kane (5 - level with Thierry Henry).
  • Harry Kane has been directly involved in 62 goals in 62 appearances in all competitions for Spurs under Jose Mourinho (45 goals, 17 assists) - no Premier League player has more goal involvements in this period (since 23 November 2019).

What's next?

Spurs play Southampton on Wednesday (18:00 BST kick-off) in the Premier League before their Carabao Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley a week on Sunday.

Everton's next match is away at Arsenal on Friday, 23 April (20:00 BST).

Player of the match

KaneHarry Kane

with an average of 7.49

Everton

  1. Squad number10Player nameG Sigurdsson
    Average rating

    7.05

  2. Squad number23Player nameColeman
    Average rating

    6.39

  3. Squad number19Player nameRodríguez
    Average rating

    6.32

  4. Squad number22Player nameGodfrey
    Average rating

    5.83

  5. Squad number12Player nameDigne
    Average rating

    5.81

  6. Squad number11Player nameKing
    Average rating

    5.59

  7. Squad number6Player nameAllan
    Average rating

    5.48

  8. Squad number26Player nameDavies
    Average rating

    5.48

  9. Squad number7Player nameRicharlison
    Average rating

    5.45

  10. Squad number1Player namePickford
    Average rating

    5.18

  11. Squad number5Player nameKeane
    Average rating

    4.82

  12. Squad number4Player nameHolgate
    Average rating

    4.79

  13. Squad number17Player nameIwobi
    Average rating

    4.65

Tottenham Hotspur

  1. Squad number10Player nameKane
    Average rating

    7.49

  2. Squad number1Player nameLloris
    Average rating

    5.68

  3. Squad number4Player nameAlderweireld
    Average rating

    5.39

  4. Squad number7Player nameSon Heung-Min
    Average rating

    5.39

  5. Squad number14Player nameRodon
    Average rating

    5.33

  6. Squad number27Player nameLucas Moura
    Average rating

    4.95

  7. Squad number11Player nameLamela
    Average rating

    4.85

  8. Squad number15Player nameDier
    Average rating

    4.81

  9. Squad number5Player nameHøjbjerg
    Average rating

    4.73

  10. Squad number28Player nameNdombele
    Average rating

    4.65

  11. Squad number20Player nameAlli
    Average rating

    4.59

  12. Squad number3Player nameReguilón
    Average rating

    4.58

  13. Squad number17Player nameSissoko
    Average rating

    4.57

  14. Squad number24Player nameAurier
    Average rating

    4.44

Line-ups

Everton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Pickford
  • 22Godfrey
  • 5Keane
  • 4Holgate
  • 12Digne
  • 17IwobiSubstituted forColemanat 61'minutes
  • 6Allan
  • 26DaviesBooked at 21minsSubstituted forKingat 84'minutes
  • 10G Sigurdsson
  • 19Rodríguez
  • 7Richarlison

Substitutes

  • 11King
  • 18Nkounkou
  • 23Coleman
  • 31Neves Virgínia
  • 33Olsen
  • 34Broadhead
  • 48John
  • 60Price
  • 64Welch

Tottenham

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Lloris
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 14Rodon
  • 15Dier
  • 24Aurier
  • 17Sissoko
  • 5HøjbjergBooked at 8mins
  • 3ReguilónSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 64'minutes
  • 28NdombeleSubstituted forLamelaat 64'minutes
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 10KaneSubstituted forAlliat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6D Sánchez
  • 8Winks
  • 9Bale
  • 11Lamela
  • 12Hart
  • 18Lo Celso
  • 20Alli
  • 25Tanganga
  • 27Lucas Moura
Referee:
Michael Oliver

Match Stats

Home TeamEvertonAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home18
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Everton 2, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Everton 2, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Rodríguez (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Dele Alli replaces Harry Kane because of an injury.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Godfrey (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Eric Dier.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Richarlison (Everton).

  8. Post update

    Joe Rodon (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Moussa Sissoko.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Joshua King (Everton).

  11. Post update

    Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by James Rodríguez (Everton).

  13. Post update

    Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Richarlison (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joshua King (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Rodríguez.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Séamus Coleman (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Allan.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Joshua King replaces Tom Davies.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Joe Rodon.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

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