Andre Gomes suffers serious injury before Tosun scores late leveller
After losing Andre Gomes to a serious-looking leg injury, Everton scored an equaliser during 12 minutes of added time against Tottenham.
Cenk Tosun headed in a 97th-minute equaliser as Everton rescued a 1-1 draw against Tottenham in a game overshadowed by a serious injury to Andre Gomes.
Despite the absence of Harry Kane through illness, Tottenham appeared set to register their first away win in the Premier League since January thanks to Dele Alli's second-half strike.
However, Mauricio Pochettino's side were unable to hold onto their lead after Son Heung-min was dismissed for a tackle on Gomes that led to the midfielder suffering a severe-looking leg injury.
The South Korea international was visibly shaken following his involvement in the incident, as too was Spurs team-mate Serge Aurier, who Gomes collided with after the initial challenge.
A lengthy stoppage for treatment – following on from two VAR checks for penalty appeals – resulted in 12 additional minutes at Goodison Park, during which Tosun converted Lucas Digne's cross to secure a point.
Substitute Tosun's equaliser ensured Spurs' run without an away triumph in the league stretched to 12 games, while also bailing out team-mate Alex Iwobi after his sloppy pass had inadvertently set up the opening goal.
The former Arsenal forward watched on after losing possession inside his own half as Alli cut back inside onto his right foot before shooting low beyond Jordan Pickford.
Son had slipped the ball through Yerry Mina's legs to provide the assist yet his involvement in the game lasted only a further 16 minutes, referee Martin Atkinson deciding a red card was suitable punishment for the forward's attempt to stop Gomes' progress near the touchline.
Everton struggled to make the most of their numerical advantage until Tosun’s intervention, though the celebrations at rescuing something from the game soon turned to thoughts of Gomes' health at the final whistle.
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A lacklustre first half – and that is being kind to both sets of players – highlighted the struggles of both teams, with the game 18 minutes old by the time either managed a shot.
Marco Silva's side have found goals tough to come by in the league – Tosun grabbed just their 11th of the campaign – but they produced a spirited response following Gomes' departure to avoid defeat.
Dele delivers again
While their away day problems continue – the club record is 14 games without a road victory, set during George Graham's reign – Alli is at least looking sharp once again.
The midfielder has now scored twice in his last three league outings, as many as he managed in his previous 15.
VAR bar getting lower and lower
Video technology continues to be more of a hinderance than a help in the Premier League.
Tottenham appeared to have a seriously strong case for a penalty when Son collided with Mina early in the second half, while Alli escaped when a corner appeared to strike his raised arm.
Tottenham have a midweek date with Red Star in Belgrade before hosting Sheffield United.
As for Everton, they head to the south coast to take on Southampton before the Premier League takes a break for international duty.
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