Spurs crash out after nine-goal thriller

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Everton 5-4 Tottenham Hotspur (after extra-time)

Tottenham Hotspur were sent spinning out of the Emirates FA Cup following this extraordinary nine-goal firth-round thriller at Goodison Park.

Spurs got off to a flying start when Davinson Sanchez headed them into a third-minute lead. However, they were stunned by strikes from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson’s spot-kick, before Erik Lamela reduced the arrears in first-half stoppage-time.

The drama continued after the restart, with Sanchez grabbing his second of the season to restore parity. But Everton found themselves back in front after Richarlison bagged his second.

Substitute, Harry Kane, netted seven minutes from time to force an extended period. But it was the home side who were to progress thanks to Bernard’s crisp left-footed strike.

Understandably, it was a perplexed Jose Mourinho who faced the media at the conclusion.

“We played amazingly well with the ball very creative, very dynamic, very happy with the ball,” he explained

“Don’t make please speak about the defensive mistakes we made. That’s obvious, and I don’t feel very comfortable speaking about it.”

Tottenham Hotspur returns to Premier League action on Saturday, February 13 when they take on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium (5:30pm).

Everton: Olsen, Keane, Godfrey, Mina, Digne (Holgate 107’), Doucoure, Davies, Iwobi (Bernard 70’), Sigurdsson (Capt), Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin (Coleman 55’) Subs not used: Virginia, Tyrer, Nkounkou, Onyango.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (Capt), Doherty (Vinicius 99’), Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Hojbjerg, Ndombele (Winks 90’), Lamela (Sissoko 99’), Bergwijn (Kane 53’), Lucas (Dele 77’), Son Subs not used: Hart, Dier, Rodon, Tanganga.

Referee: David Coote
Assistants: Lee Betts & Nick Hopton
Fourth Official: Martin Atkinson
VAR: Chris Kavanagh
Assistant VAR: Stephen Child

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