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Everton Hold Tottenham to A Draw with Late Branthwaite Goal

Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite's late goal at Goodison Park disrupted Tottenham's celebration, earning a crucial point for the Toffees in the latest Spurs news after Richarlison's double.

Sean Dyche's Everton was on the brink of defeat but fought hard for an equaliser, lifting them out of the relegation zone. Richarlison opened the scoring four minutes into the game, capitalising on a ball from left-back Destiny Udogie. The hosts levelled the score in the 30th minute through Jack Harrison, deflecting Dominic Calvert-Lewin's close-range header.

Just before halftime, Richarlison, haunting his former club, netted his second goal. In the second half, defensive displays limited further goals. However, as Everton sought an equaliser, Branthwaite answered the call, bundling in the 94th minute to bring joy to the home fans.

The result temporarily lifts Everton out of the relegation zone on goal difference until the Luton-Newcastle match later on Saturday. Meanwhile, Spurs maintain fourth place with 44 points in the English top-flight standings.

Postecoglou: 'Unfortunately we couldn't hold out.'

Following the thrilling match, Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou told BBC Sport: "It's obviously, never going to be an easy game here. You have to deal with a fair bit but most of the time we handled it OK.

"In the second half we had good chances and we needed the third goal to kill the game off. Unfortunately ,we couldn't hold out. It seems like referees just let things go nowadays and let VAR decide. We're disappointed to concede so late.

"It seems like there's a trend with us that referees aren't prepared to intervene in those kind of situations, we have to accept that. The nature of it, conceding so late, doesn't give us the chance to wrestle it back. We just have to accept that."

When quizzed about the in-form Richarlison, he replied: "He's been great, Richy. He worked really hard for the team and he is the one who deserves all the credit. There is more to come from him, he's working really hard to improve."



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