Everton 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Richarlison bags brace against former club but Branthwaite has last laugh

Still in search of further points to bolster their diminutive points tally in the Premier League, Everton welcomed Tottenham Hotspur to Goodison Park on Saturday – with Ange Postecoglou’s Lilywhites also in desperate need of three points as their race for UEFA Champions League qualification heats up.

EVE: Pickford; Mykolenko, Branthwaite, Tarkowski, Godfrey; McNeil, Garner, Gueye, Young; Harrison; Calvert-Lewin

TOT: Vicario; Udogie, van de Ven, Romero, Porro; Bentancur, Højbjerg; Werner, Maddison, Johnson; Richarlison

Everton looked destined to succumb to another defeat in the Premier League when Richarlison netted after just four minutes against his former club, with Destiny Udogie’s assist allowing the Brazilian to volley home from close range.

But Jack Harrison would provide respite for the hosts on the half-hour mark, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin seeing his headed effort ricochet over the line after a decisive touch from Jack Harrison.

Richarlison’s goalscoring exploits weren’t over in front of the Gwladys Street End though, as the ex-Evertonian curled home a beautiful strike from the edge of the penalty area as the first half drew to a close.

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The Toffees were desperate in their search for their second equaliser of the afternoon, with substitute Youssef Chermiti coming close – but it was Jarred Branthwaite that would net the all-important leveller, bundling home in the fourth minute of stoppage time to seal a respectable draw at Goodison Park.

Everton face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium next Saturday, while Tottenham host Brighton.