Everton 2-6 Tottenham Hotspur (December 2018)

Goalscorers: Theo Walcott 21, Heung-Min Son 27, 61, Dele Alli 35, Harry Kane 42, 74, Christian Eriksen 48, Gylfi Sigurdsson 51

Teams:

Everton: Jordan Pickford, Seamus Coleman, Lucas Digne, Michael Keane, Kurt Zouma, Tom Davies, Andre Gomes (Morgan Schneiderlin 53), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Cenk Tosun 83), Richarlison (Bernard 75), Theo Walcott, Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Tottenham Hotspur: Hugo Lloris, Toby Alderweireld, Ben Davies, Kieran Trippier, Davinson Sanchez, Moussa Sissoko (Lucas Moura 83), Harry Winks, Dele Alli (Erik Lamela 45), Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son (Oliver Skipp 79)

Referee: Paul Tierney, Attendance: 39,319

Two days before Christmas and the last fixture before the festive period in the Premier League brought about a goal feast at Goodison Park. Tottenham Hotspur demonstrated their liking for away victories in 2018 with a six-star show, leaving Everton feeling rather blue and cold.

Everton started brightly and took the lead after 21 minutes. A bouncing ball deceived Harry Winks, allowing Gylfi Sigurdsson to pick out Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Calvert-Lewin got to the by-line and his cross picked out Theo Walcott to open the scoring. As a former Arsenal player, this was a personal enjoyable moment for Walcott to score against Tottenham. Moments later, Calvert-Lewin thought he had scored a second but only to be denied by a flag for a infringement.

Fortunate perhaps at this point, Tottenham took full advantage though and produced one of the best away team displays seen in the Premier League during the 2018-2019 season. On 27 minutes, Heung-Min Son brought the visitors level. The South Korean taking full advantage of a catastrophic misunderstanding between Jordan Pickford and on-loan defender Kurt Zouma. His finish from a slightly acute angle was scintillating. Eight minutes later, Spurs had the lead. Pickford kept out Son’s shot but the rebound only fell to his England international colleague Dele Alli, who made no mistake.

Alli was then involved in a skirmish with Pickford which would ultimately end his afternoon prematurely. A poor challenge from the goalkeeper left the midfielder limping towards the end of the half. Manager Mauricio Pochettino elected to take no chances, bringing on Erik Lamela for the start of the second half. Pickford was extremely fortunate to avoid further sanction from referee Paul Tierney. By then, Pickford had already conceded a third goal. Harry Kane tapping home after Kieran Trippier’s free-kick had beaten the goalkeeper but struck the woodwork.

Spurs’ fourth goal was another delight and arrived just three minutes into the second half. Kane’s cross into the box was cleared away by Seamus Coleman but only into the path of Christian Eriksen. The Dane drilled a sweet, first-time volley into Pickford’s bottom-corner to continue a glut of goals on Merseyside. Sigurdsson added his name to the goalscorers chart three minutes later, holding off the attentions of Davinson Sanchez and Ben Davies before finding the target via Hugo Lloris’ fingertips.

It turned out only to be consolation for Marco Silva’s side as Tottenham continued to boss proceedings. Lamela’s inch-perfect pass sliced open the Everton backline and the superb Son calmly scored his second of the afternoon. Kane joined him on a brace for the day with 16 minutes to go, producing a devastating finish with the struggling Zouma trailing in his wake.

Tottenham’s ninth away win from 11 Premier League outings in 2018-2019 was undoubtedly their best of the campaign.

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