Lamela saves Spurs

Fiji Sun - - Sports -

Lon­don: Erik Lamela’s sec­ond-half header sal­vaged a point for Tot­ten­ham against an Ever­ton side who im­pressed in their first league game un­der Ron­ald Koe­man. The teams drew 1-1. The Tof­fees’ high press­ing un­set­tled Spurs dur­ing the first half and they took the lead when Ross Barkley’s free-kick sneaked past Hugo Lloris. The Spurs keeper then came off in the 35th minute with a ham­string in­jury. The vis­i­tors equalised when Ar­gentina winger Lamela stooped to meet Kyle Walker’s de­liv­ery from the right. Had Ever­ton’s play­ers been at 100% rather than “70% phys­i­cally”, as new man­ager Koe­man sug­gested pre-match, then per­haps the out­come at Good­i­son Park would have been dif­fer­ent. The Tof­fees gave Tot­ten­ham barely any time on the ball in the open­ing pe­riod with their in­ces­sant press­ing.

This style of foot­ball, seen un­der the Dutch­man when he was at Southamp­ton, has quickly been in­cor­po­rated at his new club. Young Spa­niard Ger­ard Deulofeu, the lone man in at­tack with Romelu Lukaku in­jured, led by ex­am­ple as he bad­gered the Tot­ten­ham cen­tre-backs Toby Aldeweireld and Jan Ver­tonghen when they had the ball. Ever­ton’s goal came from a set-piece and Lloris might be dis­ap­pointed that nei­ther he nor his de­fence dealt with it, as Barkley’s teas­ing ball in from out wide missed the heads it was in­tended for and bounced in beyond the reach of the France in­ter­na­tional. The Spurs keeper did not ap­pear to be strug­gling up un­til that point but came off 10 min­utes be­fore half-time with a ham­string prob­lem. BBC Sports

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