It was the night before christmas eve at Goodison Park, but the many british football fans who watched Evertons home fixture against Tottenham must have considered whether it was 25. december. For shared christmas presents out in the tremendously entertaining Premier League affair between Everton and Tottenham, as the latter ended up as wins of 6-2.
And thus ensures the Spurs, that they 'only' have six and two points, up to Liverpool and Manchester City at the two anterior spots.
While it was the guests, there were trend-setters in the 1. half, it was Everton who came first on the measured breeding, as Theo Walcott after 21 minutes in front of the goal utilized that Harry Winks not got tackled Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who slipped through into tottenham's left forsvarsside.
If there was talk about a gift to Everton, then it is nothing compared with what happened in the other end of the pitch six minutes later. Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and centerforsvarer Kurt Zouma had no feeling for each other as they chased a ball outside the field. They clashed, and left clumsy the ball to Son Heung-min, who took it and from an oblique angle in the field got turned the ball into the goal for 1-1.
even Though Everton had its moments, it was Tottenham, who sat on the events. And therefore it was deserved, to Share Alli could tonse ball flat in the goals between the friends and enemies after 35 minutes when Son Heung-min had received his termination parried by Pickford.
But this was 1. half not over yet. Harry Kane would of course also be with. He had before today's match, scoring six times against just The Toffees in his last four fights, and he was the security though, because Jordan Pickford could see the post take Kieran Trippiers excellent free kick.
Christian Eriksen had not played any big 1. half-time, although he again and again had a foot on the ball in tottenham's opspil. The dane was, however, only use three minutes of 2. half-time, before he halvflugtede the ball beautifully into the goal, after kane's post was headet out to him.
This looked like Everton for only the second time this season a slagent crew on home ground. Gylfi Sigurdsson got, however, after 51 minutes, allowed to dribble too much on the edge of tottenham's box, and islændingens surface completion could Hugo Lloris does not hold.
But the 2-4 was the closest Everton got to come. The Spurs team had just one of those days where things worked.
Share Alli seemed a little småskadet after a collision with Jordan Pickford in 1. half-time, so he was in the break have been replaced by Érik Lamela, and increasing the argentinian showed more good things in the 2. half. Among other things, its good sticking to Son Heung-min after 61 minutes. Sydkoreaneren was just not offside and quickly took the ball and knocked it between the legs of Pickford.
And then he put Harry Kane fine sentence, as he after a masterfully opspil passed the Pickford again. The endorsement was a miserable one, and it goes not when one of the world's best strikers are ready.
Both teams had opportunities for more goals towards the end, but the nightmare stopped at 6-2 for Everton.