Everton 1-1 Tottenham: Andre Gomes suffers horror injury as Toffees snatch draw
Heung-Min Son sees red for his part in Andre Gomes' collision with Serge Aurier
Last Updated: 04/11/19 7:41am
Cenk Tosun's 97th-minute equaliser earned Everton a 1-1 draw with Spurs after Andre Gomes suffered a horrific ankle injury, for which Heung-Min Son saw red.
Sub Tosun's bullet header cancelled out Dele Alli's opener (63), but the game will unfortunately be remembered for Gomes' injury (79), which forced 12 minutes of stoppage time.
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Gomes got his ankle stuck in the turf as Serge Aurier approached after the Portuguese was tripped by Son, and though the South Korean was initially booked, he was then given a red and left the field distressed and shocked.
Everton manager Marco Silva said after the game that he was 100 per cent sure it was not Son's intention to injure Gomes, while Mauricio Pochettino said some Everton players, including captain Seamus Coleman, approached Son after the game to console him in the Spurs dressing room.
The draw doesn't help either struggling side, leaving Spurs without an away league win since January, and Everton in 17th.
Both sides' poor form and lack of confidence was gleamingly obvious in a first half lacking in any chances.
Everton: Pickford (6), Sidibe (6), Digne (7), Holgate (6), Mina (6), Gomes (7), Delph (7), Davies (6), Walcott (5), Iwobi (5), Richarlison (5)
Subs: Sigurdsson (7), Tosun (7), Calvert-Lewin (NA)
Tottenham: Gazzaniga (6), Davies (7), Aurier (5), Sanchez (6), Alderweireld (6), Ndombele (6), Sissoko (6), Eriksen (5), Alli (8), Moura (6), Son (5)
Subs: Lo Celso (6), Foyth (NA), Sessegnon (NA)
Man of the match: Dele Alli
Tottenham constantly had Ben Davies as an outlet in space on the left, but struggled to use him, their only meaningful effort coming when Aurier's cross had to be tipped away under his crossbar by Jordan Pickford.
Richarlison tried his best, shooting straight at Paulo Gazzaniga and then blazing over the bar from an angle, but in truth, it was turgid. The loudest cheer came from a Christian Eriksen booking and a fan succeeding in the half-time crossbar challenge.
The game did come to life after the break, firstly through a controversial VAR call as Son turned in the box and went down under Yerry Mina's challenge. Both Martin Atkinson and then the VAR said no penalty, before another check from a different angle moments later. By the time played continued, both sets of fans were jeering.
Richarlison forced a diving save from Gazzaniga, before Spurs took the lead through an improved Alli. It came from Alex Iwobi's slack pass in midfield, however, as Son took over and fed Alli, the England man skipped past Lucas Digne and slotted coolly into the bottom corner from 18 yards.
There was no Harry Kane in the Tottenham squad due to illness, while Ben Davies captained the side in for the suspended Danny Rose. Tanguy Ndombele started in place of Harry Winks, while Lucas Moura replaced Kane.
For Everton, Gylfi Sigurdsson was again on the bench, while Yerry Mina was passed fit in place of Michael Keane. Fabian Delph replaced Bernard in midfield.
There was another controversial VAR call at the other end as Alli looked to handle in the Everton box from a corner, but after around four minutes of replays, VAR deemed it not enough.
Then came Gomes' horror injury as a tussle with Son on the touchline resulted in the Portuguese twisting his ankle under Aurier. There was then anger from both Everton fans and players, before shock at seeing Gomes injury. Son departed the pitch with his hands to his face in a state of shock, while Aurier was soon subbed off after a few minutes of play.
PGMOL Guidance on VAR calls
On Dele Alli's handball penalty incident: The VAR considered that both Alli and Mina were challenging for the ball in the air and Alli was under pressure from the attacker as the ball struck his hand. In his view it was not a clear and obvious error.
On Son Heung-min's red card: The red card, issued by the on-field referee, for Son was for endangering the safety of a player, which happened as a consequence of his initial challenge.
Sub Tosun then produced a bullet header past Gazzaniga from Digne's left-wing cross, and Everton felt Davinson Sanchez should have been sent off for a last-man trip on Richarlison, but VAR again said no.
There was an unusual air around Goodison Park as the full-time whistle went, with both sets of players still seemingly processing Gomes' injury, while some Everton fans directed their anger at the officials.
Gomes injury, Son red: All the reaction
From the players, managers and pundits on Super Sunday, we gathered all of the reaction to Gomes' horrific injury and Son's subsequent dismissal...
Marco Silva: "My opinion will not change anything, I have to be fair with Son, it was a strong tackle, but I am 100 per cent sure when Son did that, he did not do it with intention to do something bad to Andre."
Mauricio Pochettino: "Football is not important, he is important and the situation and we can talk about football but always feeling bad, feeling sorry and very devastated for the action because it was so difficult.
"It was clear it was never the intention of Son for what happened. It is unbelievable that he saw a red card."
Jamie Carragher: "It's not a red card. If you give a red card for that then every challenge is technically endangering the safety of an opponent."
Dele Alli: "Son is devastated, he's in tears, but it's not his fault. He's one of the nicest people you would want to meet and he's not like that. He can't even lift his head up he's crying that much in the dressing room."
Carra on Everton concerns
Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports: "Everton are in a position now where it looks like that if they lose to Southampton next weekend, they're in the bottom three. That's no place to be if you're an Everton manger going into the international break, because that's usually the time when people change managers.
"It doesn't matter how good your home record is when you've got an away record as bad as Everton's. It doesn't matter what the stats tell you, Everton are 17th in the Premier League and they've had an easy start on paper and they've got a horrific December coming.
"If Southampton doesn't go well, either by losing the game or not performing well, I think there will be calls to change the manager."
What the managers said
Everton boss Marco Silva: "We as a group need to keep that spirit and togetherness that we showed after that moment (Gomes injury). All the game, but after that moment as well.
We showed fantastic team spirit. Really good. We reacted and we reacted well. There were some chances to equalise and we showed that spirit to score and then we kept trying to score the second as well."
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "We were playing well and was under control and was more close to the second goal than the draw. Then things changed and they start to create a little bit more.
"They had more chances and of course, it is difficult to assess the last 10 or 12 minutes. But talking only about football, I am happy with the performance and the way the team competed. It was a very difficult game against a very good team like Everton and I think we were good until Sonny was set off."
- Tottenham are winless in their last 12 Premier League away games (D3 L9), last beating Fulham 2-1 on January 20th.
- Everton have earned just four points from their last seven league matches (W1 D1 L5) - they had accrued 12 points from their previous seven games before this run (W3 D3 L1).
- This was Spurs' 82nd consecutive Premier League game without drawing 0-0 - the only two sides to go on longer runs are Ipswich Town (87 - Aug 1994-May 2001) and Man Utd (114 - May 1999-May 2002).
Tottenham now go to Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Wednesday night at 8pm, before hosting Sheffield United in the Premier League on Saturday at 3pm. Everton are at Southampton on Saturday in the Premier League at 3pm.