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Full-time: Everton 1-1 Tottenham

  • Tottenham dominate the early exchanges but fall behind to an excellent strike from former White Hart Lane stalwart Aaron Lennon
  • Delle Alli equalises on the stroke of half-time with a fine volley from Toby Alderweireld's lofted ball
  • Visitors hit the woodwork twice in the first period through Harry Kane and Ben Davies
  • Result keeps Tottenham fourth in the Premier League, six points adrift of leaders Arsenal
  • Everton stay 11th
Dele Alli
Dele Alli grabbed a deserved equaliser for Tottenham on the stroke of half-time Getty

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We will be back to bring you live coverage of the other Capital One Cup semi-final opener between Stoke and Liverpool on Tuesday. Until then, goodnight.

That result keeps Tottenham fourth, six points adrift of leaders Arsenal and three behind Manchester City in third. Pochettino's side host surprise title contenders Leicester in the third round of the FA Cup next weekend.

Everton, meanwhile, stay 11th, one point ahead of West Brom and two behind Stoke. They face City in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final at Goodison Park on Wednesday 6 January.

No late drama today but that was a properly absorbing and exciting contest between two attacking Premier League teams that both try to play quick, attractive football.

Tottenham dominated the first half, but failed to make that pressure count and fell behind to a memorable half-volley from Lennon against the run of play. Alli's goal to restore parity before the break was equally as impressive, but neither side could find that elusive winner during a competitive and even second 45.


Everton 1-1 Tottenham

Strong defending once again from Vertonghen to deny Lukaku a shot on goal, while Lloris is forced into a low save from Barkley's rebound effort from a tight angle.

Tottenham, now playing with a tired Kane withdrawn and Son further forward, push for another late winner but Everton break quickly as Barkley feeds Lukaku.

The Belgian international strides towards goal but is forced wide by Vertonghen and his shot is over.

Three minutes of stoppage time for someone to make themselves a hero.

Heart in mouth time for Everton as a confident Stones demonstrates some risky footwork inside his own penalty area. Besic then tries to slide in Barkley but Tottenham clear.

The hosts look more likely to grab the winning goal here as Deulofeu's corner is flicked on dangerously by Barry at the front post but the ball is cleared with Lukaku and Stones both loitering.

Tottenham's third and final change sees Lamela replaced by 18-year-old midfielder Joshua Onomah.

Lloris races from his goal to collect a loose ball ahead of Lukaku and almost carries it outside of his penalty area. The Everton fans inevitably appeal, but it looked like he let go first.

Alli is given a warm reception by the travelling fans as he runs off to be replaced by Nacer Chadli.

Inside the last 10 minutes now and Barkley botches an Everton break as he tries to release Lukaku too early and his pass is easily intercepted.

Can either of these two sides find a late winner?

Alderweireld and Carroll fail to clear their lines with two poor headers and Lloris has to produce an acrobatic save to turn a dipping volley from Besic over the crossbar.

From the resulting corner, Cleverley bends in a great delivery towards the back post but Funes Mori is just unable to convert.

A moment of uncertainty from Howard as he fails to connect properly with a punch from Lamela's free-kick that was aimed towards Jan Vertonghen. Funes Mori is on hand to clean up.

Howard is called into action again as he does well to hold a stinging drive from the impressive Alli.

Barkley charges forward to lead an Everton break. Recognising the danger, Carroll holds him back and accepts a yellow card.

Lamela finally has his name taken for a left-handed brush to the face of Coleman as he looks to work an opening.

Pochettino then makes his first substitution of the afternoon, sending on Heung-Min Son in place of Eriksen.

This match is delicately poised with just over 20 minutes plus stoppage time remaining.

Real pressure from Everton as Barry flicks on Baines' corner before Cleverley's long-range try is blocked by Alli and Lukaku is mere inches away from making contact with Deulofeu's whipped ball to the back post.

A final warning from the referee for Lamela as he is penalised for the fourth time for another late challenge. You wonder what the Argentine might have to do to finally receive a yellow card.

Everton make a double change as Kone and goalscorer Lennon are replaced by Muhamed Besic and Deulofeu.

Caroll slips a low pass into the penalty area for Alli, who tumbles under the challenge of Funes Mori. No real appeal from the young midfielder and Oliver is unmoved.

Poor defending from Everton as Eriksen is allowed to move forward unchecked and the Danish playmaker produces a shot from distance that is straight at Howard.

Everton have started the second 45 much stronger but Tottenham almost grab a second goal as fine interplay between Alli and Kane ends with the latter shooting wide via a block from John Stones.

We should mention that neither Martinez nor Pochettino elected to make a change at half-time.

The first shot in anger of the second period comes as Barkley surges forward and fires well over under pressure from Carroll.

The second half is off and running. Now Tottenham are level, you have to fancy them to go on and win this game if they can exert as much pressure as they did before the break.


Everton 1-1 Tottenham

Tottenham pull level on the stroke of half-time and in truth it is the least that their first-half efforts deserve.

Alderweireld is allowed to pump an inviting high ball into the Everton box, where Alli runs inside Coleman to take the ball down on his chest before volleying neatly past Howard.

Goal: Tottenham 1-1 Everton (Dele Alli)

Two minutes of added time at the end of the first half as Coleman is the latest Everton player to be flagged offside.

Composed defending from Funes Mori to head back to Howard with Kane applying the pressure at his back. Lukaku then looks to put through Kone with a nice low pass but the assistant referee's flag is raised for offside.

Coleman with an enticing cross towards the back post, but Kone's header drifts wide of Hugo Lloris' right-hand post. Tottenham then pour forward once more but another corner comes to nothing.

Referee Oliver blows for a free-kick seemingly for Ross Barkley's not-so-subtle tug on Lamela, but Coleman is the man cautioned for handball.

Walker is in acres of space once more down the right-hand channel. He is picked out by Eriksen, but a lack of numbers in the penalty area means that his low cross is wasted.

The visitors continue to monopolise possession and play some typically attractive football but they still cannot find a way through as an ambitious effort from Carroll is comfortably held by Howard.

Tottenham strike the woodwork again as Eriksen's short corner finds the run of Davies and he unleashes a fierce left-footed drive that smacks hard against the crossbar.

That goal has galvanised Everton somewhat as Lennon comes forward but Toby Alderweireld is able to block Kone's effort.

A muted celebration for Lennon, who joined Everton on loan in February 2015 before completing a permanent switch in the summer. What a sweet finish.

To say that goal has come against the run of play would be a colossal understatement. After Baines dispossesses Eriksen in his own half and provides a clever backheel pass, Cleverley plays a perfect diagonal ball towards Lukaku.

The towering Belgian then heads the ball down for ex-Tottenham stalwart Lennon, who takes a touch on his chest before rifling a half-volley into the far corner.

Goal: Everton 1-0 Tottenham (Aaron Lennon)

Tottenham are simply dominating possession here and win a free-kick in a dangerous position just outside Tim Howard's penalty area as Gareth Barry is penalised for a high boot on Eriksen.

Lamela steps up to whip in a left-footed ball that cannons off Kone in the wall and out for a corner. Everton survive.

Alli looked to be in some discomfort there but he will be okay to continue. So unlucky from Kane and Pochettino will be more than happy with his team's start to this game.

A rare foray forward from Everton is halted as Lukaku's pass to Arouna Kone fails to reach its intended target.

Tottenham then break as Alli is fouled. Carroll takes the quick free-kick and finds Kane, who sees an initial shot blocked by Ramiro Funes Mori before unleashing a second that stays low and crashes against the foot of the post.

Tottenham have been on the front foot from the outset here and another promising attacking move only breaks down due to an overhit pass from Tom Carroll.

Wonderful defending from Seamus Coleman to prevent an early deficit as he makes a vital interception to prevent Dele Alli from converting Kyle Walker's low cross. That looked a certain goal otherwise.

As expected, Tottenham appear to have reverted to a back four after experimenting with a defensive three against Watford. Eric Dier is back in a holding midfield role, with Eriksen on the right and Lamela wide left in support of Harry Kane.

Michael Oliver gets proceedings underway. Conditions are far from ideal on Merseyside, with the rain still falling.

Just over five minutes remaining until kick-off at Goodison Park.

Aside from Dembele, Tottenham are still without Alex Pritchard as the England U21 international continues to recover from ankle surgery.

Summer signing Clinton Njie is also expected to miss several weeks after going under the knife to fix knee ligament damage sustained during the Europa League win over Monaco in December.

Everton captain Phil Jagielka is named among the home substitutes today after recovering from a knee problem that has seen him sidelined since October. McCarthy, meanwhile, is expected to be out for more than a month after he suffered a recurrence of a hip injury just 26 minutes into the defeat against Stoke.

Replacement Cleverley is evidently deemed fit enough to start despite having to come off in that game with an achilles issue. Steven Pienaar and Bryan Oviedo do not feature today but are believed to be close to making their respective returns.

A reminder of the significant test facing Tottenham's much improved backline today...

Martinez shuffles his pack in a similar vein. Leighton Baines is preferred to Brendan Galloway at left-back, while Tom Cleverley replaces the injured James McCarthy and Gerard Deulofeu drops to the bench to make way for Aaron Lennon.

Three changes for Tottenham from the team that secured a late win at Watford on 28 December. Kyle Walker is in for Kieran Trippier, Ben Davies replaces Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen is recalled in place of Mousa Dembele, with the latter ruled out for up to three weeks with a groin injury.

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Carroll, Dier, Eriksen, Alli, Lamela, Kane

Subs: Vorm, Rose, Trippier, Bentaleb, Chadli, Onomah, Son

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Stones, Funes Mori, Baines, Barry, Cleverley, Lennon, Barkley, Kone, Lukaku

Subs: Robles, Jagielka, Galloway, Besic, Osman, Mirallas, Deulofeu

Line-ups now just moments away...

A reminder that while we wait for team news and kick-off from Merseyside, you can follow our live coverage of the second half of a London derby between Crystal Palace and Chelsea here.

The visitors currently lead 2-0 at Selhurst Park with 25 minutes remaining courtesy of goals from Brazilian pair Oscar and Willian.

Can Tottenham really compete for the title, or should a top-four finish remain the ultimate goal for the club this term?

That is the question being posed by many in north London at present, with Mauricio Pochettino's in-form side looking for a fourth consecutive victory against Everton at Goodison Park this afternoon.

Spurs, who finished fifth last season, have lost just two of their opening 19 league fixtures in 2015/16 and sit seven points adrift of leaders Arsenal before kick-off.

As for Everton, the festive period brought a last-gasp win over Newcastle before a thrilling seven-goal defeat to Stoke. Defensive frailties remain an obvious issue for Roberto Martinez and although Romelu Lukaku is currently in a rich vein of form, it is difficult to escape the feeling that the club should be sitting higher than 11th with the players currently at their disposal.

Stay tuned to IBTimes UK as we bring you all the breaking team news as well as live updates throughout the contest...