Tottenham Hotspur produced a top class performance to beat Everton 6-2 at Goodison Park on Sunday evening.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men actually went behind as Theo Walcott put the hosts ahead in the 21st minute. However, Heung-Min Son replied six minutes later to level scores. Further strikes from Dele Alli and Harry Kane put Spurs in firm control at the break before Christian Eriksen also get in on the act just after half-time with a wonderful goal.
Former Tottenham man Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled a goal back for Marco Silva’s men only minutes later but the rout was rounded off by further goals from Son and Kane to give Spurs an emphatic victory.
Walcott scores but defensive mix-up costs Everton
Despite a few early chances falling the way of Richarlison and Kane, Everton seized the lead midway through the first-half. Dominic Calvert-Lewin did excellently to make his way to the byline and pull the ball back. There, Walcott was waiting to slam the ball low past Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal.
However, a calamitous mix-up between Kurt Zouma and Jordan Pickford from Kane’s long pass presented Son with a golden opportunity to equalise. With the goalkeeper advanced, he did just that as he powered the ball into the unguarded net.
Alli and Kane put Tottenham in control
The South Korean was at the heart of the next Tottenham goal as he forced a good save out of the Everton stopper, only for the ball to fall to Alli on the edge of the area. He did excellently to keep his head and finish clinically to put the visitors ahead.
Just before half-time, Tottenham raced into what seemed like an unassailable lead. Kieran Trippier was unlucky to see his free-kick deflect off of the post. The ball did fall to the feet of Kane though, and with the net once again empty, he tapped it home.
Eriksen thunders sumptuous volley home
Tottenham were cruising at the break, and had plenty of chances to extend the lead even further before Eriksen put further gloss onto the scoreline. The ball fell to the Danish midfielder on the edge of the penalty area, and with a sweet stroke of his right boot, volleyed it low into the bottom corner.
Despite having a mountain to climb, Everton kept pushing and reduced the deficit via Sigurdsson. The Icelandic midfielder wriggled beyond plenty of Tottenham challenges in the penalty area and squeezed a shot beyond Lloris to make the scoreline 4-2.
Spurs soar away with the points
The blip did not dampen the visitors’ spirits though as they hit their fifth goal through Son. Substitute Erik Lamela picked up a useful pocket of space in front of the Everton defence, and rolled the ball into the path of the forward. It was an easy task from then on as he stroked the ball coolly underneath Pickford.
Predictably, Kane then got in on the act once again with his second goal of the afternoon. Son was once again key as he teased Michael Keane before producing a tantalising cross. Kane, ever the poacher, latched onto the ball and guided it into the far corner to round off an extremely satisfying afternoon for Spurs and Pochettino.
What a truly stunning Tottenham performance that was. Pochettino’s men were at their clinical best all afternoon and Everton simply had no answer. Of course, they were helped by some poor mistakes from the hosts. Nonetheless, that should not take away from this victory. Spurs really do look like a side ready to compete at the top of the Premier League table.
Everton: Pickford (4); Digne (5), Zouma (5), Keane (5), Coleman (5); Davies (5), Gomes (5) (Schneiderlin (5), 53′); Richarlison (5) (Bernard (6), 75′), Sigurdsson (7) (Tosun (N/A), 83′), Walcott (6); Calvert-Lewin (6).
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (5); Davies (6), Alderweireld (6), Sanchez (7), Trippier (7); Winks (6), Eriksen (8), Sissoko (6); Alli (7), Kane (8), Son (9).
Goals: Walcott (21′), Son (27′, 61′), Alli (35′), Kane (42′, 74′), Eriksen (48′), Sigurdsson (51′)
Referee: Paul Tierney
Yellow Cards: Trippier (32′), Eriksen (71′)
Red Cards: N/A
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