Erik Lamela header rescues draw for Tottenham at Everton

Erik Lamela

Premier League, Goodison Park – Everton 1 (Barkley 5′) Tottenham 1 (Lamela 59′)

An Erik Lamela header rescued a draw for Tottenham against Everton at Goodison Park on the first day of the new Premier League season.

Ross Barkley had given Ronald Koeman’s side – with Seamus Coleman injured and Romelu Lukaku unfit – an early reason to smile as his free-kick evaded everybody and slipped beyond Hugo Lloris, who was replaced by Michel Vorm before half-time due to injury, in the fifth minute.

But Mauricio Pochettino’s men, fresh from challenging for Leicester for last season’s title before finishing third, hit back through their Argentine forward as he converted Kyle Walker’s cross with an athletic header on 59 minutes.

Spurs were as dominant in the second half as Everton were impressive in the first, and it needed a brilliant diving stop from Maarten Stekelenburg to deny Spurs substitute Vincent Janssen sealing the visiting side’s win late on.

A draw was about a fair reflection of an entertaining opening-day contest with both sides having plenty of room for improvement. Everton visit West Brom next Saturday while Spurs host Crystal Palace.

TALKING POINT

Who will be the happier manager? It was an odd sort of match because Everton were in command, but Lamela’s goal was Tottenham‘s first real chance of the afternoon and seemed to flick a switch. By the end, Everton were clinging on for dear life. So while Everton’s fitness remains in doubt at this stage of the season, Spurs certainly have staying power. But they will also know they could have been put to bed long before Lamela’s equaliser. Ronald Koeman was happy with the point, but Muarico Pochettino won’t be too disgruntled either.

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MAN OF THE MATCH

Idrissa Gueye: Was up and down the pitch for Everton, and looks like he is going to be a key figure for Koeman’s side at the heart of midfield. For around £7.1m from Aston Villa, the Senegal player was a real handful for Spurs. And he will get better when his team-mates get sharper.

KEY MOMENTS

5′ GOAL! Barkley with the free-kick. Missed by everybody, and the ball bounces up and into the corner of the net with Lloris failing to get across. 1-0 to Everton.

10′ Gerard Deulofeu showing some lovely skils out wide before firing a shot at goal, but Lloris is well positioned this time to make the stop. Everton remain 1-0 ahead.

14′ Jagielka with a free header from the free-kick, but swiped over the bar by Lloris. It remains 1-0 to Everton, but could easily be 2-0.

19′ Tight angle for Mirallas, who is sent spinning clear by Gerard Deulofeu, but solid stop in the end by Lloris at his near post.

44′ Spurs all over the place at the back as Rose gives away possession. Gerard Deulofeu reacted quickest, but his shot is driven straight at Vorm. That should really have been 2-0.

59′ GOAL! Lamela with a header from the Walker cross. And that is 1-1. No chance for Stekelenburg as the ball flew into the corner of the net.

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80′ Glorous chance for Spurs to seal the points, but Maarten Stekelenburg makes a solid diving save to halt a shot from Vincent Janssen after an almighty scramble.

PLAYER RATINGS

Everton: Stekelenburg 8, Baines 6, Funes Mori 6, Jagielka 7, Holgate 6, McCarthy 6, Barry 6, Gueye 8, Mirallas 6, Barkley 6, Deulofeu 7..subs: Kone 5, Lennon 5, Cleverley 5

Tottenham: Lloris 5; Walker 7, Alderweireld 6, Vertonghen 6, Rose 6; Dier 6, Wanyama 6; Lamela 7, Eriksen 6, Alli 5; Kane 5 subs: Vorm 6, Janssen 6

KEY FACTS

Everton have now not beaten Spurs in their last eight league meetings (home and away, D5-L3).

Erik Lamela scores his eighth Premier League goal and his first against Everton. Last season Eric Dier was the first to score a Premier League goal for Spurs as he netted in the 19th minute in the 2-2 draw against Stoke City on 15 August 2015.

The last time two Dutch goalkeepers featured against each other in a Premier League match was on 9 August 2015 when Tim Krul (Newcastle United) and Maarten Stekelenburg (Southampton) played a 2-2 draw at St James’ Park. That match was in the opening weekend of last season.

Ross Barkley has scored in each of his last three Premier League apps on the opening MD for Everton (2013-14, 2015-16 & 2016-17).

Erik Lamela has had a hand in seven goals in his last seven Premier League appearances for Spurs (three goals, four assists).

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