EPL Matchday 32 of 38; Doubles from Sigurdsson and Kane as Everton and Spurs play out a draw

Harry Kane of Tottenham

EPL Matchday 32 of 38: A weekend round-up

Everton 2, Tottenham Hotspur 2 – Friday, 16 April 2021

Everton and Tottenham Hotspur played out an exciting draw with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Harry Kane scoring a brace each in a very open contest.

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The match had in fact got off to a sluggish start till the time the visitors to Goodison Park got their opener in the 27th minute from an Everton error. A misdirected headed clearance from defender Michael Keane fell kindly to Kane who volley ruthlessly past Pickford to land his first of the night.

But a Sergio Reguilon foul on James Rodriguez in the box earned Everton a penalty and the Toffees were on level terms barely four minutes after the Kane goal as Sigurdsson converted from the spot.

The second half was a frenetic affair as Everton took the lead in the 62nd minute when Sigurdsson finished from a Seamus Coleman cutback.

Ancelotti’s side gifted Kane his second goal in the 68th minute when a defensive mix-up between Keane and Mason Holgate saw the ball ricocheting into the path of the English striker who powered an unstoppable volley into the top corner.

Everton came close to wrapping up the match when substitute Josh King was thwarted by Spurs custodian Hugo Lloris and Richarlison blazed his effort over a little later.

There was cause for worry for Jose Mourinho when Kane hurt himself late in the game as he landed awkwardly after jumping for a header with just nine days for the EFL Carabao Cup final with Manchester City to go.

Tottenham after Friday night’s Goodison Park draw are on 50 points and Everton a notch below on 49 points in the 8th place.

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Newcastle stun West Ham; Hammers Top four spot in peril

Newcastle 3, West ham United 2 – Saturday, 17 April 2021

David Moyes’ Champions League aspiration were dealt a heavy blow when his side were beaten 3-2 by Newcastle who moved another step away from relegation at St. James Park of Saturday afternoon.

The Hammers who had the chance to move four points ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea, started in disastrous fashion as center-back Issa Diop put the ball into his own goal to give the Magpies their opener in the 36th minute.

Craig Dawson

The Hammers were handed another blow in the same minute when Craig Dawson, who had earlier been booked for a foul on Joelinton, brought down the Newcastle striker again in the build-up to the first goal and was promptly shown the red card.

Things went from bad to worse for the visitors when Lukasz Fabianski spilled Matt Ritchie’s corner to hand Joelinton a close-range tap-in on a platter in the 41st minute.

West Ham roared back after the break when Diop made amends for his first half error by heading in from a Jarrod Bowen cross past keeper Martin Dubravka to reduce the Hammers’ deficit in the 73rd minute.

West Ham were on their way to pulling off one more of their customary fightbacks when a VAR check awarded an 80th-minute penalty for a handball by Magpie central defender Ciaran Clark. Jesse Lingard, star of West Ham’s phenomenal revival, stepped up to take the spot kick which he coolly converted for his ninth goal of the season.

The Magpies came very close to nosing ahead when Jacob Murphy’s stunning effort was cleared spectacularly off the line by right-back Ben Johnson.

But the hosts did not have to wait long as substitute Joe Willock scored within minutes of his introduction by Steve Bruce as he headed Ritchie’s cross past Lukasz Fabianski on 82 minutes to break West Ham hearts and send Newcastle up to the 15th spot and 9 points away from the danger zone.
Moyes’ men will now head into a critical battle with an in-form Chelsea next Saturday to decide their fate in the Top Four.

Results from other games – Friday, 16 April 2021

  • Everton 2 – Gylfi Sigurdsson 31m, 62m (pen), Tottenham Hotspur 2 – Harry Kane – 27m, 68m
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Results from other games – Saturday, 17 April 2021

  • Wolverhampton 1 – Willian Jose 59m, Sheffield United 0
  • Results from other games – Sunday, 18 April 2021
  • Manchester United 3 – Mason Greenwood 48m, 84m / Edinson Cavani 90+3m, Burnley 1 – James Tarkowski 50m
  • Arsenal 1 – Eddie Nketiah 90+7m, Fulham 1 – Josh Maja 59m (pen)

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