Kane 9/10, Reguilon 4/10 as Spurs squander big opportunity in race for the top four

Tottenham Hotspur came into this looking to extend their lead on Everton in the Premier League table, and Harry Kane ensured they got off to a good start with a clinically taken goal in the 26th minute.

Everton were back on level terms within five minutes, though, as Gylfi Sigurdsson converted from the penalty spot. The former Spurs man then made it 2-1 around the hour mark with a brilliant strike. However, some calamitous Everton defending gifted Kane the opportunity to get Spurs back on level terms, which he took emphatically.

The 2-2 draw means that Spurs remain one point ahead of Everton, who have a game in hand on them, but a solitary point won't do any lingering Champions League ambitions many favours.


Spurs came out quickly in the first minute or so, which will have been encouraging due to how deflating the loss to Manchester United was. There were also periods of the game in which Spurs were able to control the ball. Richarlison had the ball in the back of the net, but Spurs' defensive line was spot on and caught him offside. It was pleasing to see that the side didn't panic after going behind and scored the equaliser.


While Everton stepped up after Kane opened the scoring, Spurs seemed to sit back and Jose Mourinho looked understandably frustrated before the half-time whistle. It will be especially annoying for him that the Toffees' equaliser came within five minutes of the opener. Some of Spurs' play was so pedestrian, and there were large periods where it didn't look like they wanted to push for the win.

Manager rating

8 -- As was mentioned previously, Mourinho was visibly frustrated before half-time, but he was reactive in his substitutions, rather than proactive like Carlo Ancelotti, who brought Seamus Coleman on to assist Sigurdsson almost immediately. The changes worked eventually, as it was Erik Lamela's ball in that resulted in Kane scoring the equaliser -- even if there was help from Michael Keane's calamitous defending.

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Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best, players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Hugo Lloris, 7 -- Made good saves to deny Richarlison and James Rodriguez, but was sent the wrong way by Sigurdsson's penalty, while he had no chance of stopping the Icelander's second. His save from Josh King near the end proved vital.

DF Serge Aurier, 6 -- Struggled in his duel with Lucas Digne at times but battled well, causing the occasional threat with his runs up the pitch.

DF Toby Alderweireld, 5 -- Poor defending from the Belgian helped Richarlison get the game's first real chance. There were also times where Alderweireld was too slow to react to danger and he was caught flat-footed on Everton's second. Hit the post with a header at the other end.

DF Joe Rodon, 7 -- Looked composed throughout the match, and did well to get his head on Everton's late cross despite pressure from Keane.

DF Eric Dier, 6 -- Was solid defensively, but a poor ball gave Everton a chance to score that arguably should have been taken. Was unable to keep up with Coleman for the goal that put Everton ahead.

DF Sergio Reguilon, 4 -- Gave away the penalty with a clumsy foul on Rodriguez. It was also far too easy for Coleman to get away from him and set up Sigurdsson.

MF Tanguy Ndombele, 6 -- There's a fine line between being composed on the ball and showing a lack of urgency; the Frenchman was on the wrong side of that line at times. However, it was his ball in that allowed Kane to score the opener.

MF Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, 6 -- Was booked for an early foul on Sigurdsson which limited him a bit, and some of the Dane's passing was off the mark.

MF Moussa Sissoko, 6 -- There were periods where the Frenchman struggled to have much of an impact, though there were others where his presence was useful in breaking up Everton's play. Moved the ball around well at times in the second half.

FW Son Heung-min, 6 -- While the South Korean looked threatening in certain stages, he never really managed to test Jordan Pickford. There were times where he looked a bit tired.

FW Harry Kane, 9 -- The frontman didn't get too many chances to score, but he took both of his goals so clinically -- even if there was a slice of luck in the ball reaching him both times. This shows just why everyone associated with Spurs will be hoping his late injury is nothing serious.


MF Erik Lamela, 7 -- Replaced Ndombele in the 64th minute and put in the cross that resulted in Kane's equaliser. Later on, was unable to hit the target with a strike from range.

FW Lucas Moura, 6 -- Replaced Reguilon in the 64th minute and showed plenty of energy down the left, but struggled to make too much happen on the ball.

MF Dele Alli, N/R -- Replaced Kane in the 93rd minute after the striker's injury but didn't have enough time to make any sort of impact on the game.