Six of the best for Spurs in Christmas cracker with Everton
PUBLISHED: 18:06 23 December 2018 | UPDATED: 18:06 23 December 2018
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Premier League: Everton 2 Tottenham Hotspur 6
Tottenham Hotspur produced a masterclass in attacking football to put Everton to the sword in the Premier League with a 6-2 win at Goodison Park.
Spurs scored three times in each half in Merseyside to move within two points of second-placed Manchester City ahead of a busy festive period.
It was actually the Toffees who opened the scoring with 21 minutes on the clock when Theo Walcott tapped home, but Mauricio Pochettino’s team had already threatened on several occasions by this point and soon responded.
Harry Kane sent a ball over the top for Heung-min Son to chase and a mix up between Jordan Pickford and Kurt Zouma saw the South Korean receive the ball and despite a tight angle, he fired into the corner with 27 on the clock to level in stunning style.
Pochettino’s side quickly took control and Dele Alli made it 2-1 eight minutes later when he expertly smashed low into the net after Son had been denied by Pickford following Moussa Sissoko’s through ball.
There was still time for Kane to get in on the act before the break when he tapped home after Kieran Trippier’s free kick hit the post in the 42nd minute.
Following a brief moment of respite for half time, Tottenham kept their foot on the pedal following the interval and soon made it 4-1.
Kane’s cross into the area was headed out to Christian Eriksen and he fizzed in a low shot past Pickford from 20-yards to increase Spurs’ advantage in the 48th minute.
The bonkers feel to the game continued with Gylfi Sigurdsson reduced the deficit only four minutes later when he fired past former team-mate Hugo Lloris.
It was at this stage where the next goal felt crucial – would the Lilywhites wrap up the win with a fifth or give Everton a shot at a comeback?
The answer was emphatically the former with Son being played through by Erik Lamela and despite looking offside, the flag stayed down and it allowed the away attacker to fire past Pickford to make it 5-2.
Fittingly, Spurs had the final say on proceedings when Kane grabbed his second in the 74th minute as he finished off a stylish team move with a superb strike into the corner to make it 6-2 and give Tottenham a third consecutive win.
Pochettino’s team continue to go from strength to strength and are five points ahead of both Chelsea and Arsenal in fourth and fifth respectively, but they will have their eyes firmly set on chasing down leaders Liverpool and champions City over the coming weeks.