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Andre Gomes’ horror injury overshadows Everton, Tottenham’s ongoing search for wins

Andre Gomes’ horror injury overshadows Everton, Tottenham’s ongoing search for wins

For 45 minutes, Everton and Tottenham provided barely a note worth taking about a match between two sides struggling desperately for form and confidence. By the full-time whistle, there had been enough incidents — good, bad and decidedly grim — to fill a tome.official nfl jerseys cheap

And yet it is curious to think that, for all the drama, hardly anything has actually changed. After one of the stormiest second halves of the season, both clubs finished exactly where they began, which is well short of where they would expect to be, still searching for the victories that could get their seasons back on track.

Spurs thought they had a vital three points — and a first Premier League away win since January — but then, some seven minutes into the 12 added at the end of the second half, home substitute Cenk Tosun flung himself at Lucas Digne’s volleyed cross to cancel out Dele Alli’s opener and an already febrile Goodison Park erupted with emotion.

The goal gave Everton the draw they deserved and means manager Marco Silva, under pressure following a disastrous run of results, probably survives to fight another day.1

Maybe it will prove a turning point, but this game surrendered any kind of pattern as it went on, becoming dominated by controversy and terrible fortune to the extent that it is hard to read much into either side’s overall showing.

That is partly because the image of Son Heung-Min, utterly distraught at the sight of Andre Gomes as the Everton midfielder received urgent treatment on the pitch in the 78th minute, will be the defining one for anyone who watched.

Gomes landed horribly after being clipped by Son and colliding with Serge Aurier. The serious injury to the Portuguese international’s right leg, which has since been confirmed as a broken ankle, had players from both sides, as well as many in the stands, with heads in hands. It was an awful, traumatic moment.

In that context, it seems forgivable that referee Martin Atkinson showed Son a red card, but the Spurs forward did not deserve it. While the information given post-match was that it was shown for endangering the safety of a player, the decision can be appealed and the card could be rescinded.nike nfl jerseys cheap

The episode was enough to test the rational judgement of anyone involved, and Silva said he was “100% sure Son didn’t do it with the intention to do anything bad,” while Mauricio Pochettino revealed that Everton captain Seamus Coleman was among home players to visit Son in the away dressing room.

Pochettino was furious that VAR had not been used to check on Son’s challenge, in order to help Atkinson make the correct call. The Tottenham boss had a point, given the heavy-handedness with which technology had been employed — testing the patience of both teams — earlier in the game.