Sunday 17 December 2017

Tottenham v Everton - story of the match

Harry Kane bagged a brace against Everton
Harry Kane bagged a brace against Everton

Harry Kane won his top-scorer tussle with Romelu Lukaku by bagging a brace as Tottenham held on for a 3-2 victory over Everton.

Kane and Lukaku began the day tied at the top of the Premier League goal-charts, and the pair took centre stage again as Kane's double put Spurs two up before Lukaku's late strike sparked hopes of a comeback.

Dele Alli restored the two-goal cushion in injury-time before substitute Enner Valencia added another goal seconds later to complete a dramatic finish at White Hart Lane.

Victory for Mauricio Pochettino's men means they reduce the gap behind league leaders Chelsea to seven points, with the Blues travelling to West Ham on Monday.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Kane 2 Lukaku 1" - Former Tottenham and Everton forward Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) assesses the game from a striker's perspective.

STAR MAN

Harry Kane. The England striker proved the difference here with a stinging drive from distance in the first half and then a clinical finish in the second. He is now the Premier League's top scorer, one ahead of Lukaku, with 19 goals.

MOAN OF THE MATCH

Everton arrived as the Premier League's form team this year but the final result flattered them. Ronald Koeman's side only found their groove in the final 10 minutes and by then it was too late. They struggled to contain Tottenham's intensity and pressing.

DATA POINT

Tottenham's victory means they have now won nine consecutive league games at home for the first time in the Premier League and the first time in the same season since 1987.

RATINGS

TOTTENHAM

Hugo Lloris 6

Kyle Walker 6

Eric Dier 7

Toby Alderweireld 7

Jan Vertonghen 6

Ben Davies 6

Victor Wanyama 7

Mousa Dembele 7

Dele Alli 7

Christian Eriksen 7

Harry Kane 8

Substitutes

Harry Winks (for Dembele) 6

Vincent Janssen (for Kane) 5

Moussa Sissoko (for Eriksen) 5

EVERTON

Joel Robles 4

Seamus Coleman 5

Ashley Williams 6

Ramiro Funes Mori 4

Leighton Baines 6

Idrissa Gueye 7

Morgan Schneiderlin 5

Gareth Barry 5

Ross Barkley 6

Tom Davies 7

Romelu Lukaku 7

Substitutes

Kevin Mirallas (for Davies) 7

James McCarthy (for Barry) 6

Enner Valencia (for Lukaku) 7

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Tottenham v Millwall (FA Cup quarter-final, March 12)

Everton v West Brom (Premier League, March 11)

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