Everton 5 – 4 Tottenham: A nine-goal thriller

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Everton advanced to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup after beating Tottenham 5-4 in an exciting game that went to extra time at Goodison Park. The Spurs went down 3-1 having led 1-0. However, they rallied to make it 3-3 before Richarlison’s second goal and Harry Kane’s header sent the match into extra time. Bernard then resolved the tie with a perfect shot in the first half of extra time.

The game exploded into life in the first minute as Erik Lamela had a header saved and Lucas Moura fired the follow-up over. As such, once the targets had flown in, it was not long. After three minutes to go in the corner, Davinson Sanchez rose highest from a Son Heung-min corner, but Everton grew up in the game.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin had a shot saved by Hugo Lloris, but the French goalkeeper could not be held out by his next, stronger effort.
Son and Lamela were then likely to put Spurs ahead, but instead, their defense imploded and Everton went 3-1 in front.

Richarlison got on to a neat flick from Calvert-Lewin before Gylfi Sigurdsson finished from the penalty spot after Calvert-Lewin was brought down, to finish in the bottom left corner.

However, Lamela narrowed the deficit three minutes into stoppage time, curling an attempt across Robin Olsen’s goal.

The second half started with both teams in a lull, perhaps to be expected given the frantic nature of the first half. However, the Spurs soon kept the goals rolling with an equalizer. Sanchez, who had only scored one goal before this game, netted his second of the night after poking home from Robin Olsen’s reaction save after a corner.

However, the priorities didn’t stop there. For Everton, Sigurdsson played through Richarlison and the Brazilian fired powerfully across Lloris’ net from an acute angle.

Everton pressed for a sixth, with Michael Keane having a header saved easily by Lloris. Keane, England’s center-back, on the other side, cleared away from a dangerous Lamela cross.

Yet they weren’t going to lay down Spurs. The stepover of Son left him space to fire a cross to the back post where replacement Kane was waiting, maybe predictably, to stoop low and head in. As such, the game went into extra time and it was Everton who made the bright start.

Sigurdsson shot a well-flighted ball over the top of the Spurs’ defense to allow Bernard to shoot past Lloris to make it 5-4. Everton quickly came out of the blocks in the second half, Sigurdsson having a shot punched away.

Kane then went just wide, but Carlo Ancelotti’s men stayed in the FA Cup tie for a famous win for the ages.

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