Everton reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup by beating Tottenham Hotspur in the nine-man classic at Goodison Park.
Led by Carlo Ancelotti – who showed tremendous determination and stamina – the hosts scored the decisive goal in the seventh minute of extra time when Bernard’s shot went in.
Spurs dominated the early stages and were rewarded when Davinson Sanchez headed in a corner in the third minute, before Everton took a three-goal lead eight minutes before halftime.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who was later ruled out with a similar groin injury, equalized nine minutes before halftime with a shot that Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris should have parried, before Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson took free kicks to give Everton the lead.
But Erik Lamela equalized for Spurs in the dying seconds of the first half and Sanchez struck another chaotic corner to put Jose Mourinho on the side just before the break.
Mourinho then brought in Harry Kane, but it was Everton again who restored the lead in the 68th minute with a brilliant individual effort from Richarlison – but Spurs’ main man will inevitably have something to say.
With seven minutes left in game time and Everton having been defeated by the Old Firm, Son Heung-min’s cross was the perfect invitation for Kane to score from distance.
The momentum seemed to be on Spurs’ side, but Everton are now a team to be reckoned with under Ancelotti, and Bernard got a corner after better preparatory work from Sigurdsson – who brought three passes – which Lloris finished off.
There was still time for a reply from Spurs, but Everton recorded a remarkable victory in relatively comfortable fashion.
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Ancelotti, the manager who saw it all, was the calmest man in the chaos at Goodison Park – he celebrated Bernard’s winning goal by simply blowing on his cup of coffee while his staff reacted wildly in the locker room.
It was probably the Italian’s best moment since joining Everton. His team – without the injured James Rodriguez, Andre Gomez and Jordan Pickford – showed amazing energy and fighting spirit to beat the visitors.
Ancelotti will be worried about Everton’s questionable defense – especially in the corners – and Calvert-Lewin’s injury, but he will also be justifiably proud of the way they fought to win when the wind seemed to turn against them on several occasions.
The sight of Calvert-Lewin taking the lead and Kane scoring the double after an hour could have put Everton in trouble, but they remained dangerous throughout the game, and Richarlison showed his best form after a season in which he was not at his best.
In midfield, Tom Davies and Abdoulaye Dukur both stood out. The latter showed excellent fitness and ran non-stop until the last second, while his young teammate continued to flourish under Ancelotti’s sympathetic guidance. Sigurdsson was also a formidable creative force and contributed immensely to Everton’s attacking drive.
Everton are looking for their first trophy since winning the FA Cup in 1995 – when they beat Spurs in the semifinals – and this victory offers hope not only of progressing in the league, but also of developing in the long term under one of Europe’s most decorated managers.
The jubilation after the final whistle was understandable and fully deserved. Everton gave everything and were rewarded.
Mourinho suffers a terrible blow
Mourinho had hoped for a Premier League victory against West Bromwich Albion after three defeats in a row, but he saw Spurs’ FA Cup ambitions come to an end after a dramatic evening on icy Merseyside.
In the first half hour, everything seemed to be going well for Spurs, who were rightfully leading, but the way they surrendered in those crucial minutes, gave up three goals just before halftime and continued to look vulnerable made for a very damaging evening.
Mourinho has taken no chances with Kane since his return from an ankle injury this weekend, but when he was brought in, Spurs looked more like winners.
He will be particularly frustrated by the porousness of his defense, as his back line is supposed to be a back line that gives nothing away.
It’s not like Mourinho’s team.
It is the first time a team has conceded five goals under Mourinho’s leadership since Chelsea’s 5-3 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur’s predecessor Mauricio Pochettino in January 2015.
Another surprise of the FA Cup away match was the absence of Gareth Bale, who according to Mourinho complained of muscle problems and therefore was not even on the bench.
Bale’s return to the Spurs, on loan from Real Madrid and described on his arrival as a coup d’etat, has ended in a huge anti-climax. He will remain a distraction unless results improve.
It was an evening with little good news for Mourinho and Spurs – and the next stop is a visit to a bustling Manchester city on Saturday.
“The FA Cup is what we want,” he said.
Duncan Ferguson, assistant coach of Everton, on Sport: “It was an exciting match. Tottenham started better than us, but we came back into the game.
“At 3-1 you think ‘3-1 halftime score’ and then they score a goal and put us behind.” Spectacular game, fantastic.
“It’s been 25 years since we won the FA Cup. It would be great to get to the final. It supports your season. We want to do well in the Premier League, but the FA Cup is what we want.
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho told Sport: “If you say it was fantastic, it was fantastic. I am not neutral.
“When you score four goals, you have to win. The way we played, we should win comfortably. Attacking soccer and defensive mistakes.
“The players gave everything. I must admit it was not easy for some, because you play so well and one, two, three mistakes and you lose 3-1.
“Okay, I’ll take the positive. It’s great to watch.”
Kane is getting closer to Greaves. – Stats ….
- It was the most productive FA Cup match between the two leading teams since February 1961, when Sheffield beat Maine Watts 7-2 on Wednesday.
- In the 981st match of his coaching career, Jose Mourinho has scored and conceded at least four goals in a match for the first time.
- Mourinho saw his side concede five goals in one game for the first time since January 2015, when his side Chelsea beat Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs 5-3 in the Premier League.
- Only 7 minutes and 26 seconds passed between Everton’s first and third goals against Tottenham. Mourinho faced three goals in the first half for the first time since Man Utd’s August 2018 win at Brighton.
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored his 50th goal in all competitions for Everton (159th appearance), including 26 for the Toffees under Carlo Ancelotti.
- Gylfi Sigurdsson became the first Everton player to score three goals in the same game as Steven Pienaar in a Premier League match against Fulham in April 2012.
- Nine of the 12 goals scored by Colombian players in all competitions for Premier League teams this season were scored at Goodison Park (James Rodriguez – four, Yerry Mina – three, Davinson Sanchez – three).
- Harry Kane scored 209 goals in 318 appearances in all competitions for Tottenham. That makes him the second top scorer in the club’s history behind Jimmy Greaves (266 goals in 379 appearances).
- Son Heung-min has completed 12 passes in all competitions this season – the most in a single season for the Spurs.
The player of the game
- Team number 20Players nameBernard
- Team number9 Name of playerCalvert-Lewin
- Team number23PseudoColeman
- Team number10 Player nameG Sigurdsson
- Squadron Number 7Combatant’s nameRicharlison
- Team number 4 Player nameHolgate
- Team number16Player nameDucure
- Team number22Godfrey Player name
- Team number12Player nameValue
- Team number 26Player nameDavies
- Team number5Player nameKine
- Team number 17Player name Iwobi
- Team number13PseudoMina
- Team number33Player nameOlsen
- 13 MinaBakken in 66 mines
- 12DigneI made at 90 milesRemoved from Holgate at 107 minutes.
- 17IwobiReplaced by Bernardin after 70.minute
- 10G SigurdssonBanket in 47minutes
- 7RicharlisonReserves in 90Minutes
- 9 Calvert-LewinReplaced by Coleman within 55’min
- 31Virginia Bridle
7Sung Heung Min
- 2ohertyReplacing for Sissok with 98’minutes
- 6D Sanchez
- 28NombeleReplaced byWincat 90’minutesBlocked per 100 minutes
- 11LamelaReplaced by Alves Moraisata 98’min
- 27Lucas MouraReplaced by Alliat 77’minReplaced in 88 min
- 23BergwijnReplacing Kane after 53’minutesReturning to 90Minutes
- 7Sung Heung Min
- 8 Eyeblink
- 25 Tanganga
- 45Alves Plus
- Game over, Everton 5, Tottenham Hotspur 4.
- Second half extra time ends, Everton 5, Tottenham Hotspur 4.
- Carlos Vinicius (Tottenham Hotspur) is penalized after committing a foul.
- Tom Davies (Everton) hits a free kick on the opponent’s half.
- Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur) sees an effort go wide of the target. Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the center of the box misses to the bottom left corner.
- Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Blocked by Mason Holgate.
- One attempt missed. Harry Kane’s (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the center of the box misses to the left. Harry Winks crosses the ball into the box.
- A shot attempt from outside the box misses to the left. Pierre-Emile Heubjerg (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the center of the box misses to the bottom left corner.
- Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Blocked by Mason Holgate.
- Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) rattles off a right footed shot that is blocked on the edge of the box.
- Carlos Vinicius (Tottenham Hotspur) is awarded a free kick on the opponent’s half.
- Mason Holgate (Everton) is penalized after committing a foul.
- Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) takes a free kick on the left wing.
- Seamus Coleman (Everton) is penalized after committing a foul.
- One attempt missed. Michael Keane (Everton) tries a header from the center of the box, but the shot misses to the left. Gylfi Sigurdsson places the ball from a set piece.
- Substitution: Everton. Mason Holgate replaces Lucas Digne, who is injured.
- Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur) is penalized after committing a foul.
- Tom Davies (Everton) takes a free kick from the left wing.
- Attempted save. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton), right footed shot from distance, misses from the bottom left corner. Assisted by Abdoulaye Doucoure.
- Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) rattles off a right footed shot that is blocked in the center of the box. Moussa Sissoko’s free kick is blocked by a cross into the box.