Everton 2-2 Tottenham
Jermain Defoe missed a stoppage time penalty as
Firstly, Peter Crouch blazed over the bar with only Howard to beat and then the in-form Defoe forced the USA goalkeeper into a smart save with his feet.
Crouch squandered another opportunity for the visitors before Jo’s strike at the other end flew wide and then Diniyar Bilyaletdinov’s curling free-kick was expertly clutched by the diving Gomes.
The game then became scrappy and littered with yellow cards, although Niko Kranjcar’s strike beat Howard but flew a yard wide as the half came to an end.
The home side were rocked back onto their heels within two minutes of the restart when Aaron Lennon’s superb cross from the right was swept in by Defoe at the near post to give
David Moyes introduced Louis Saha and Yakubu from the bench in a bid to spark a response from his lacklustre side but
It was game on, however, with 12 minutes to go when substitute Seamus Coleman’s brilliant run and cross down the right was volleyed home at the near post by Saha.
Saha then came within inches of levelling matters when his magnificent overhead kick just missed the target as
And that pressure told with three minutes to go when Leighton Baines’ drive torwards goal was nodded home by the unmarked Cahill from close range.
But there was more drama to come in injury time when Hibbert shoved Wilson Palacios in the area, but Defoe’s poor penalty down the middle was saved by the feet of Howard and a pulsating 90 minutes came to an end.