LONDON: Tottenham missed the chance to go third in the Premier League after being held 1-1 at Everton in a clash which both teams ended with 10 men.

Spurs, under caretaker Cristian Stellini, could have moved up with a win from fifth place and overtaken both Manchester United and Newcastle. Instead they had to be satisfied with overtaking only United on goal difference.

The game had been an uninspiring encounter up until the 57th minute when when Toffees midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure was given a deserved straight red card after pushing Harry Kane in the face off the ball.

Minutes later Kane gave Tottenham the lead from the penalty spot after Michael Keane had fouled Cristian Romero in the area. Keane then scored a stunning long-range strike in the 90th minute to salvage the draw.


The England captain’s goal looked like giving Cristian Stellini a winning start as interim manager in Tottenham’s first game since Antonio Conte exited the club by mutual consent.

But substitute Lucas Moura was also sent off for a nasty challenge on Keane and the former Burnley player shook off the knock to smash in the equaliser and spark pandemonium at Goodison Park.

The point lifts Everton three places up to 15th while Tottenham climb to fourth on goal difference, albeit having played two more games than Manchester United in fifth.