Premier League

Player ratings as Toffees snatch point in stoppage time

Jack Harrison

Jarrad Branthwaite produced a 95th-minute equaliser to earn Everton a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday.

Richarlison came back to haunt his former employers, executing two wonderful finishes to give Spurs a first-half lead despite Jack Harrison’s fortuitous goal after half-an-hour.

Everton huffed and puffed in the second half as Tottenham also sought a third on the break, but the hosts eventually grabbed an equaliser in stoppage-time after Branthwaite’s header levelled proceedings late on.

How the game unfolded

It took just four minutes for the inevitable to happen at Goodison Park, former Everton forward Richarlison netting against the Toffees to give Tottenham the lead. Destiny Udogie picked him out with a lovely cutback from the left-hand side and the Brazilian lifted a fine finish above Jordan Pickford to continue his rich vein of form.

Everton did their best to respond with pressure on the Tottenham goal, putting ball after ball into the penalty area. While the majority lacked quality, the hosts eventually found an equaliser from a corner whipped to the far post and redirected across goal by James Tarkowski, with Calvert-Lewin’s header brushing off teammate Harrison on its way in. Spurs goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario wanted a free kick after a nudge from Harrison, but Michael Oliver waved appeals away.

However, Tottenham would restore their advantage just four minutes before half-time, and it was unsurprisingly Richarlison who bagged his brace. James Maddison’s quick feet teed the striker up on the edge of the area and he curled a beautiful effort beyond Pickford to double his tally.

Ben Godfrey almost equalised once more for the hosts but his header was rebuffed from close range by Vicario, who proceeded to swipe the ball away from the feet of Harrison to keep Spurs ahead at the break.

Pedro Porro stung Pickford’s palms shortly after half-time as Spurs looked to increase their cushion, while Maddison also forced a save out of the Everton goalkeeper with a thunderous left-footed strike from the edge of the box.

Richarlison almost grabbed his hat-trick with 20 minutes to play but Pickford was there to deny his old teammate with an instinctive stop.

However, it was Branthwaite who produced the decisive moment in the second half, nodding home an equaliser at the far post from a free kick in the fifth minute of stoppage time – a result that moves Everton out of the relegation zone.

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