Tottenham 2 Everton 2: Spurs Seal Fourth in an Entertaining Clash with the Toffees

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Champions League finalists Spurs finished fourth in the Premier League as they completed their campaign with a 2-2 draw with Everton at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Christian Eriksen textbook finish from a free-kick salvaged a point for Tottenham, who were on the losing end following Cenk Tosun’s 72nd minute goal.

Only a loss and eight-goal swing for Arsenal would have seen the Champions League finalists drop out of the top four, but the hosts showed character to hold on to fourth place despite suffering from European hangover their success at Ajax on Wednesday.

Spurs found the way early as Eric Dier capitalised on the first chance of the game, but Everton grew into the match and completed the first half on a high.

The visitors’ fine improvement saw them come from a trailing position to lead with quick-fire goals from Theo Walcott (69) and Tosun (72) after the restart.

Three minutes later, Erisken struck a lovely free-kick to ensure Spurs avoided ending the season with a defeat.

Tottenham displayed no sign of any post-Ajax rustiness during the early proceedings and took control of the match with just three minutes in, Dier firing in from close range after the away side failed to clear a corner.

Hugo Lloris went down to his right to make a fine save after the half-hour mark, preventing Bernard’s effort from squeezing past the post.
Walcott gave the Toffees a deserved equaliser as he found the bottom-left corner after being teed up by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Tosun turned the advantage to Spurs shortly, bundling in from the area after Lloris’ brilliant save from a Michael Keane header landed at the feet of the Turkey international.

But Spurs refused to lie down, Eriksen securing a point a few minutes later with a gorgeous 25-yard free-kick that found the bottom-right corner.

Although Tottenham failed to maintain the form that saw them join the title race several weeks ago, they have still enjoyed a commendable campaign given the circumstances, including the lack of new signings over the last two transfer windows.

Pochettino and his men will now look forward to a crunchy Champions League final against Liverpool, who failed in their bid to win the Premier League title.

What the managers said

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino:

“This group of players deserve so much credit. They have put so much unbelievable effort in. There have been many positives this season.

“The players and staff have shown so much character. We broke down all the doors when the circumstances were against us with the new stadium stuff.

“So to see their capacity to fight again makes me so proud. I think this is our best season in our five years.

“I am so happy, so pleased. What we have achieved this season – top four and final of Champions League – it is difficult to assess now but in time the people will realise what we achieve.”

Everton manager Marco Silva:

“I was satisfied by the end of the match but not with how we started. We were too slow and we made a mistake at the set piece. Afterwards, we started to react. It was different in the second half and we showed more desire to score.

“They scored from another set piece, but we did well and we showed desire to play our offensive game. The last two or three months we’ve done fantastic.”


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