Everton 0-1 Tottenham (24.05.2015) Live Commentary

The game produced by the players today wasn’t of the most attractive ones. It seems they haven’t shown us their best. An impressive display from the visitors, they had the better of it. In terms of strategy, the hosts were waiting for the correct moment to win the ball and to launch the counter-attack. The visiting side applied playmaking style of football.
That is the end of the match.
Mauricio Pochettino has decided to substitute Nacer Chadli and he is replaced by Roberto Soldado (Tottenham).
Flag goes up against Steven Naismith (Everton). The referee blows the whistle for offside.
Tottenham are on the ball. They increase their possession, but one of the opposition players stopped their effort.
There will be a minimum of 3 min. of added time.
The Everton players are exchanging some short passes to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
Leon Osman (Everton) makes a foul. At least that’s what referee Jonathan Moss signals. Tottenham will take a free kick nearby the side line.
Leon Osman (Everton) takes the corner, but one of the defenders reacts well and rises highest to head the ball away.
Steven Naismith (Everton) receives a sweet pass inside the box, but his effort on goal is blocked by the defender. Corner kick. Everton will have an opportunity.
The attendance for today’s match is 39365.
Mauricio Pochettino prepares a substitution. Harry Kane (Tottenham) is replaced by Andros Townsend (Tottenham).
The game has come to an end for Brendan Galloway (Everton). He has contributed as much as he could today. He will be replaced by the fresh legs of Sylvain Distin (Everton).
Ryan Mason (Tottenham) sees a yellow card. He should be more careful because one more challenge like that could result in a red card.
Jonathan Moss blows his whistle. Who will be penalised? Now it is clear. Steven Naismith (Everton) is said to have used an excessive force while attacking.
Jonathan Moss pulls out a yellow card to show it to Phil Jagielka (Everton) for a tough tackle.
Benjamin Stambouli (Tottenham) gets booked for the first time in this match.
Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) attempts to find one of his teammates, but puts far too much on the pass and the chance is gone. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Everton.
John Stones (Everton) reacts well and displays good awareness near the penalty spot to get on the end of a cross from the free kick. He jumps high and produces a header which goes well wide of the left post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Tottenham.
Erik Lamela (Tottenham) should know this behaviour is beyond the rules. He was too careless with his challenge and made Jonathan Moss blow the whistle.
The resulting set piece, sent into the penalty area by Leon Osman (Everton), was easily averted by one of the defenders.
Federico Fazio (Tottenham) commits a minor foul and opponent’s attack is interrupted. He is warned by the referee that the next time he will not get away without a yellow card. Everton earn a free kick which can lead to a goal-scoring opportunity.
It is time for a substitution. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) will be replaced by Steven Naismith (Everton).
Romelu Lukaku (Everton) searched for the head of a teammate in the box but in vain. He misplaced his cross and it didn’t find its target. The ball goes out-of-play and Tottenham will have a goal kick.
Tim Howard (Everton) leaps up to collect the ball from the corner which was sent by Erik Lamela (Tottenham).
Nacer Chadli (Tottenham) goes on a mazy run and tries his luck with a mid-range strike, but one of the defending players steps in and makes a block. Tottenham have a corner.
Harry Kane (Tottenham) is adjudged to have been offside when making his run.
The corner from Kevin Mirallas (Everton) is hurriedly cleared.
Leon Osman (Everton) sends the ball into the box from the side of the pitch, but his cross is blocked. Now Everton with a corner.
The flag goes up and the referee blows his whistle – another offside by Harry Kane (Tottenham). It is not surprising because he already has got caught several times today.
Federico Fazio (Tottenham) leaps highest to meet the resulting corner and attempts to head home, but the effort goes harmlessly wide of the left post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Everton.
The referee points towards the corner flag. Erik Lamela (Tottenham) steps up to take it.
The corner from Erik Lamela (Tottenham) is cleared away by the defence. Tottenham have been awarded a corner kick. The main referee and one of the assistants point at the corner flag.
A lofted cross from Nacer Chadli (Tottenham) was unsuccessful as the opponent’s defence quickly gets the ball out of the penalty area. The ball goes out-of-play. Tottenham are awarded a corner kick.
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) fires the ball from just outside the box, but it goes narrowly over the bar. That was close. The ball goes out-of-play and Everton will have a goal kick.
Harry Kane (Tottenham) wriggles into space and fires the ball from the edge of the area, but one of the defenders is there to block the effort.
Neat passing move from Tottenham in order to create new attacking opportunities.
James McCarthy (Everton) aims a cross from the side into the penalty area in order to find one of his teammates, but he fails, and the situation doesn’t bear fruit. The ball goes out-of-play and Tottenham will have a goal kick.
John Stones (Everton) with a teasing cross into the area, but Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) intercepts the ball.
An offensive foul by Kevin Mirallas (Everton) was seen by Jonathan Moss who didn’t hesitate to blow the whistle.
Kevin Mirallas (Everton) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge.
The free kick from long range. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) sends over a cross but the defence is alert.
Substitution. Benjamin Stambouli (Tottenham) in, Moussa Dembele (Tottenham) out.
Brendan Galloway (Everton) dribbles into the box, but Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) is quick enough to come off his line and to stop him.
Leon Osman (Everton) cracks a volley from just outside the box and his bad shot goes way wide of the right post. It will be a goal kick. The ball goes out-of-play and Tottenham will have a goal kick.
Gareth Barry (Everton) might be good at volleyball, but the referee blows his whistle for the handball.
Muhamed Besic (Everton) was close to scoring after he unleashed a powerful shot which went by a whisker wide of the left post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Tottenham.
Half-time substituon. Ross Barkley (Everton) will not participate anymore and Muhamed Besic (Everton) is coming on.
The second half has just started.
There has not been much to choose between the sides after an absorbing 45 minutes, let’s hope they will do better in the second period. In the first half, the visitors were more active and enjoyed dominance over the opponent who wasn’t able to keep up. The home team’s main weapon are fast counter-attacks, while the away side attempts to hold onto the ball for as long as possible.
Jonathan Moss has ended the first half by blowing the whistle.
Ross Barkley (Everton) takes the corner kick and sends a lovely ball into the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence is ready and knocks the ball to safety.
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) pulls off a great save to deny Kevin Mirallas (Everton) after receiving a precise defence-splitting pass. The effort is headed for the left side of the goal, but the goalkeeper dives superbly to stop it. Definitely the best save of this match so far! The referee blows his whistle, Everton are awarded a corner kick.
1 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
Nacer Chadli (Tottenham) plays in a hopeful cross, but it doesn’t find its way to any of the attacking players. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Everton.
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away.
Kevin Mirallas (Everton) takes the chance to get an effort at goal from inside the box and blazes it just over the crossbar. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Tottenham.
Harry Kane (Tottenham) was caught in a really tight offside position.
Harry Kane (Tottenham) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears.
A cross from the side of the pitch flies into the box, but it doesn’t reach its intended target. Ryan Mason (Tottenham) would have to aim better in order to get more out of it. The ball goes out-of-play and Everton will have a goal kick.
The ball is cleared after Romelu Lukaku (Everton) attempted to dribble past an opposing player.
The referee blows his whistle for a foul. At first it looked the other way around, but Harry Kane (Tottenham) commits an attacking foul and gives away a free kick.
Kevin Mirallas (Everton) is unable to feed an accurate cross into the box. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Tottenham.
The defence is alert as they clear a dangerous cross from Nacer Chadli (Tottenham).
Tottenham are bossing possession at the moment by exchanging some precise passes from player to player.
Good movement by Harry Kane (Tottenham), but he can’t find any of his teammates with a poor cross.
Eric Dier sends a superb cross into the box, Harry Kane (Tottenham) latches on to it and from close range he plants a header that goes into the bottom left corner, leaving Tim Howard beaten. He displays his eye for goal, an excellent finish. The score is 0:1.
Kevin Mirallas (Everton) creates some space for himself to pick up a pass on the edge of the box and unleashes a decent strike which goes by a whisker over the crossbar. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Tottenham.
Eric Dier (Tottenham) attempted to pick out a free teammate inside the box, but Tim Howard (Everton) comes off the line to clear the ball away.
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) produces a cross into the box. The opposition’s defence clears the ball to safety.
Erik Lamela (Tottenham) takes the corner kick but the ball finds only the head of an opponent.
Nacer Chadli (Tottenham) finds his way to a cross and strikes towards the goal, but one of the defending players deflects the ball away. It will be a corner kick for Tottenham.
Kevin Mirallas (Everton) latched on to an accurate lead pass inside the box and immediately released a low shot towards the right post. His effort has been denied by the well prepared keeper who pulled off a stunning save.
Tim Howard (Everton) hears fans clapping for his superb goalkeeping. He stops the close-range effort from Erik Lamela (Tottenham) with a magnificent save. The ball would have probably ended inside the bottom left corner.
The assistant referee raises his flag, and an attacking effort is stopped by the main referee’s whistle. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) is the one, who got caught in the offside position.
A cross which was clipped into the penalty area by Brendan Galloway (Everton) didn’t pose any threat, so we’ll have to wait a bit more to see an interesting situation. It’s a throw-in for Tottenham.
Harry Kane (Tottenham) was offside, and the assistant referee saw it and raised his flag.
Erik Lamela (Tottenham) swings in the corner kick, but one of the defenders leaps into the air and clears the ball away with a header.
Harry Kane (Tottenham) gets on the end of a pass and takes a shot from the edge of the box, but it’s blocked by one of the defending players. The referee signals for a corner kick, Tottenham are awarded.
Nacer Chadli (Tottenham) swings a cross into the box, but is far too close to Tim Howard (Everton), who smothers the ball.
Ryan Mason (Tottenham) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
Kevin Mirallas (Everton) serves in a nice cross, but Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) punches the ball away.
A precise low pass is received by Erik Lamela (Tottenham), who makes a yard for himself on the edge of the box and sends a poorly placed shot that sails well over the bar. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Everton.
Moussa Dembele (Tottenham) sends a cross into the box, but Tim Howard (Everton) comes off his line to gather the ball.
Erik Lamela (Tottenham) fails to pick a body out in the box with a over-hit cross to the back post. The ball goes out-of-play and Everton will have a goal kick.
The first half has just begun.
The players are out and the match is about to start. Everton will have the kick-off.
Jonathan Moss got the nomination for today’s game and will try his best to be a fair judge and not to do any mistake.
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