FULL-TIME: Everton 0-1 Tottenham. Harry Kane's header ensures Spurs finish fifth in the Premier League. What a season for the lad!
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Everton - Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League - 25 May 2015
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SPURS SUB: Is this the final time Roberto Soldado steps out in the white of Tottenham? The Spaniard replaces Chadli.
ACROBATIC! McCarthy lifts the ball into the path of Naismith, who swivels in mid-air to bicycle kick at goal... Just over!
Bentaleb and Eriksen exchange passes deep in opposition territory. The former in particular has been outstanding today.
Here comes the fourth official... Three minutes of added time signalled.
Vertonghen judges a long ball perfectly and wallops it into the stands.
As the curtain prepares to come down on this Premier League season, Everton start knocking the ball around confidently in defence. Naismith latches onto a long ball and nods it into the channel... No one in blue had gambled.
Lloris suddenly realises his socks are a little low and starts hoisting them up. Time-wasting at its finest.
Finally! Everton stream forward. Barry's delivery is charged down. Surely Spurs won't throw this away now?
TOTTENHAM SUB: A remarkable season for Harry Kane comes to an end as he's withdrawn for Andros Townsend.
EVERTON SUB: Emotional moment as Sylvain Distin joins the action for his farewell game at Goodison Park. Galloway makes way.
It's getting a little fractious out there now. Mason joins Jagielka in the book.
When are Everton actually going to go for this?
Jagielka goes into the book for a rash challenge on Mason. Cue handbags.
EVERTON SUB: Steven Naismith comes on for Mirallas.
Dier heads the free-kick clear. This half of football has been rubbish.
Lukaku is involved again as Everton force a free-kick on the left flank, a few yards out from the corner of the penalty area.
The home fans break into brief excitement as Lukaku drives down the inside-right channel. But their happiness soon turns to despair as the Belgian's cross flies out for a throw.
Chadli weaves off the left flank and has a pop... It loops off a blue shirt and behind for a corner.
Eriksen is definitely descended from a higher being. Seconds after plucking the ball out of the sky, the young Dane floats a delicious cross onto the head of Kane, who nods wide. Think the flag was up anyway.
More Tottenham possession. I need another goal to pad out my match report. Come on, lads.
How not to control a ball: by Seamus Coleman. The right-back forgets to watch the ball, allowing it to squirm underneath his foot and Bentaleb to intercept.
Eriksen helps out his defence and robs Osman of the ball 20 yards from goal. Moments later, Everton force a corner.
Federico Fazio rises in the penalty area, but his effort lacks power or direction and drifts harmlessly wide.
And we'll have another Spurs set-piece as Barry heads the initial corner behind.
Eriksen tries to curl a shot into the far corner. Deflected behind. The latest rendition of 'Come on you Spurs' sounds out from the away end.
Tottenham have riden that Everton storm and are controlling proceedings once more.
THE RACE FOR THE EUROPA LEAGUE. Assuming Liverpool lose to Stoke by five goals or more (it's currently 5-0), Spurs can draw against Everton and still finish fifth. They currently lead 1-0 thanks to Harry Kane's first half header.
Jan Vertonghen - a man incapable of playing well against a top side - is having a really solid game.
The football god controlling Mirallas holds down L2 and rotates his right analogue stick through 360 degrees. The pointless pirouette comes to nothing. It always does.
Kane spins Jagielka down the right flank. Sadly for Spurs fans, he runs out of pitch.
It remains 5-0 at the Britannia. European football still heading to Spurs.
SPURS SUB: That seems harsh on Dembele. The Belgian, who has played well in the middle, departs for Benjamin Stambouli.
CHANCE! Galloway plays an inadvertent one-two with Dier and races towards Lloris' goal. The French keeper gets down to deny him. Really positive run from the youngster (apologies for the nonsense cliché).
Much better from Everton. Mirallas nods it to Lukaku; Lukaku nods it to Osman; Osman smashes a volley at goal... Go on... Just wide! Fine effort.
It's Besic... The new arrival's 25-yard effort flashes past the post. Bright stuff from the hosts.
EVERTON SUB: One change for the hosts at the break as Muhamed Besic joins the action for Barkley.
We're back! The final 45 minutes of 2014/15 has begun...
And that's our lot for the first half. Everton 0-1 Tottenham at the break. Boos ring out at Goodison. The hosts have been useless.
Lloris leaps to his right and pushes a fizzing Seamus Coleman cross-cum-shot away to safety.
One added minute signalled.
Hahaha. I'm sorry if you support Liverpool, but this is hilarious. Stoke have scored FIVE first half goals against Brendan Rodgers' side. FIVE!
BIG EVERTON CHANCE! The situation: Mirallas, facing towards the corner flag, is inside the penalty area with Lloris for company. The Belgian carries the ball away from goal, evades a wild lunge from the Spurs stopper and dinks a shot at goal... Onto the roof of the net.
We interrupt this commentary to poke fun at Liverpool. Stoke are FOUR goals up against the Reds. Start preparing for a European adventure, Tottenham fans.
Kane, knowing he is offside, tries to cheekily chip the ball over Howard from a tight angle. The American stopper is having none of that.
Oh dear. Roberto Martinez doesn't look happy on the sidelines. A perplexed expression glued to his face.
Tottenham still in control. Mirallas looks lively for the visitors - pushing for a summer transfer, by any chance?! - but that's about it.
Howard slaps the turf in frustration after a robust challenge from Kane. He wins his free-kick.
THE RACE FOR THE EUROPA LEAGUE (as it stands - first two qualify...)
5th, Tottenham: 64 points; 6th, Liverpool: 62; 7th, Southampton: 60.
N.B. All three sides will qualify for Europe IF Aston Villa fail to win the FA Cup.
Well, it looks increasingly likely that Spurs will finish fifth. SCORES ELSEWHERE: Stoke 3-0 Liverpool; Man City 1-0 Southampton. What a day to be Steven Gerrard.
Oh wow. Ross Barkley gifts the ball to Kane, who instantly begins to weave towards the Everton goal. Stones bails him out.
Stones, after sending a near-calmitous pass back to Howard, atones for his error to warm applause.
Not much happening. I was actually watching Chelsea v Sunderland - where the home players are carrying off Didier Drogba. During the match. All very heart-warming. Anyway, back to events at Goodison...
Not any more...
As it stands, Tottenham will be in Europe next season. RIVAL SCORES: Stoke 1-0 Liverpool; Man City 0-0 Southampton.
GOAL! Everton 0-1 Tottenham. Kane scores! Dier whips a sublime cross into the six-yard box, allowing the young Englishman to run onto the delivery and nod home. Quality assist.
JUST OVER! Mirallas engages in a spot of keepie-uppie on the edge of the Spurs box, before bringing the ball under control and rifling an effort at goal... Skims the crossbar!
Spurs knock it around nicely in the Everton half. The move culminates in a Harry Kane shot, which flies wide.
Nabil Bentaleb is finding acres of space on the left flank. There's no way this is finishing 0-0.
ANOTHER CHANCE! It's end-to-end at Goodison Park. Kevin Mirallas springs the offside trap and curls a shot towards the far corner... Hugo Lloris - in potentially his last Tottenham match - denies the Belgian.
CHANCE! Brendan Galloway needlessly concedes possession and Spurs stream forward. The ball breaks to Eriksen, who in turn feeds Erik Lamela and the Argentine is foiled - just - by Howard.
HEART LURCH! Phil Jagielka is closed down by Eriksen. Fortunately for the Englishman, the ball spirals up into the air, allowing him to nod back to Howard. No drama.
"Oh when the Spurs... Go marching in..." Pretty sure that's not the original version. Rip-off chant.
Harry Kane bursts beyond the Everton defence. John Stones charges back and gets a crucial block in.
Eric Dier shows all the youngsters in the stands how not to cross a football.
A few groans already audible from the Goodison Park faithful. Their side is firmly on the back foot.
Nacer Chadli floats a cross into the mixer. Gathered by Howard. Cracking approach play from the Spurs contingent.
Eriksen scampers after a through ball, but the pass is woeful and runs into the gloves of Tim Howard. The Dane glances at his team-mates, frustration etched across his face.
CHANCE! Erik Lamela lets flie from the edge of the penalty area. Just over the bar!
WHACK! Gareth Barry cruches Christian Eriksen in the middle. Firm but fair.
The early jousting sees both sides break forward. Tottenham just shading the opening 120 seconds.
Here we go! Everton v Tottenham aka 'the BIG one'... In the great words of Martin Tyler, and it's live!
Mauricio Pochettino: "We are very focused on Sunday, he is focused on sorting his problem. We have the opportunity to achieve fifth in the table and we need to put our energy into Everton."
There is something at stake in this game: Tottenham are currently one point ahead of Southampton in sixth place, which will secure a Europa League place thanks to Chelsea’s victory in the Capital One Cup. Whether Spurs want to be in the competition is another matter, but in theory they will want to get a better result than Soton at Man City.
TEAMS: Everton: Howard, Coleman, Galloway, Stones, Jagielka, McCarthy, Barry, Mirallas, Barkley, Osman, Lukaku. Subs: Robles, Distin, Besic, Naismith, Atsu, McGeady, Kone. /// Spurs: Lloris, Dier, Vertonghen, Fazio, Mason, Benteleb, Dembele, Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela, Kane. Subs: Vorm, Yedlin, Stambouli, Soldado, Winks, Onomah, Townsend.
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