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Sep 9, 2017 at 3pm UK at Goodison Park
Attendance: 38,835
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Live Commentary: Everton 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur - as it happened

Relive how Harry Kane's fluke goal helped Tottenham cruise to a 3-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park, courtesy of Sports Mole's live text coverage.

Harry Kane opened his Premier League account for the season with two goals to help Tottenham Hotspur cruise past Everton at Goodison Park.

The striker needed an element of fortune to put another barren August behind him, though. His first goal which lobbed Jordan Pickford was intended to be a cross.

Christian Eriksen also found the net as Mauricio Pochettino's side won for the first time since the opening weekend of the campaign.

Relive how Spurs made light work of Ronald Koeman's side courtesy of Sports Mole's live text coverage.

Afternoon all! This should be a good one. Let's get straight to the team news.

EVERTON: Pickford, Baines, Williams, Keane, Martina, Schneiderlin, Gana, Klaassen, Sigurdsson, Rooney, Sandro. Subs: Stekelenburg, Jagielka, Mirallas, Davies, Vlasic, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate

TOTTENHAM Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Kane. Subs Vorm, Aurier, Walker-Peters, Dembele, Winks, Son, Llorente

It has been a tumultuous week or so for Wayne Rooney but he makes the Everton lineup today. Big-money signing Gylfi Sigurdsson starts for the Toffees against his former club.

Tottenham's two deadline day signings - Serge Aurier and Fernando Llorente - are both only on the bench. There is a full debut for Colombian defender Davinson Sanchez as part of a back three. Kieran Trippier is passed fit despite withdrawing from England duty with an injury concern.

A 300th Everton start in the Premier League for Leighton Baines. He was a Β£6m signing from Wigan Athletic in 2007. When you see the prices in the game today, that is incredible business. A great servant.

Three changes in total for Everton from their 2-0 loss to Chelsea. Morgan Schneiderlin returns from suspension. Cuco Martina makes his first start since arriving on a free transfer from Southampton and fellow summer signing Davy Klaasen also gets the nod. Tom Davies, Mason Holgate and Phil Jagielka drop out.

A couple of alterations for Spurs, also. Sanchez comes in for his debut, with Eric Dier being shifted into midfield alongside Moussa Sissoko. Mousa Dembele is on the bench, likely nursing a knock. Or perhaps he is being held back for their Champions League opener against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

Both of these teams have four points from their opening three games. Everton have had a tricky start fixtures wise - Manchester City, Chelsea and now Spurs. Their only win thus far was 1-0 over Stoke.

Mauricio Pochettino's side opened up with a 2-0 win at Newcastle, but have since lost to Chelsea and been held by Burnley at home. They might be secretly relieved to be away from Wembley this weekend.

HEAD-TO-HEAD Judging by their recent form at Goodison, Spurs might have no better luck today, away from Wembley. They've won on only one of their last 10 visits, when Harry Kane scored the only goal on the final day of the 2014-15 season.

Speaking of Harry Kane, he got off the mark for the season with two in England colours in Malta. Now that August has passed, expect that the back-to-back golden boot winner will start finding the net regularly.

The Tottenham hero may now finally have some adequate back up in the shape of Llorente, who scored 15 league goals for Swansea last term. Vincent Janssen has been sent out to Fenerbahce on loan, where he could partner another failed Spurs striker Roberto Soldado.

Rooney wasn't the only player on show today who made the headlines for the wrong reasons this week. Dele Alli's middle-finger gesture has prompted a FIFA disciplinary investigation into his behaviour. Alli claims that the gesture was jokingly aimed at former Tottenham teammate Kyle Walker.

This is what his Spurs manager had to say on the incident: "It was a joke in a moment between two team-mates. It was not a great gesture but I hope Fifa do not make a big issue out of it.

"Maybe the headlines are because it's Dele and something happens. And he's English. But it's not a big issue.

"He was joking. Look at Mr Bean β€” all the people laugh about that. And Dele was joking with Kyle Walker.

"Come on, if Dele gets punished we would need to censor Mr Bean, too."

Koeman came down a bit harder on Rooney, saying that he was "very disappointed" in his striker and insisting that Rooney's actions "will be dealt with internally". Clearly England's leading scorer, who has two for Everton since his fairytale return, has not been punished with his place in the side.

REFEREE WATCH: Graeme Scott, one of the Premier League's more inexperienced officials, is the man in the middle today. Let us hope he is not the centre of attention as Jon Moss was in this afternoon's early kick off, where Man City thrashed Liverpool 5-0 after Sadio Mane's red card.

PREDICTION: The last two meetings between these teams at Goodison have ended in 1-1 draws. A third in a row seems like a smart bet, with neither team at their best in the early stages of the campaign.

Kick-off just a couple of minutes away now on Merseyside...

KICK-OFF: The action is underway, with both teams in their traditional home kits...

Been an energetic start from the Toffees in the final third. Plenty of pressing.

YELLOW! Early booking for Ashley Williams. He dragged Kane down as the Spurs striker threatened to get away from him. Jan Vertonghen got away with one on Rooney at the other end.

First decent opening for either side as Martina is released down the right flank. He fizzes in a low cross towards Sandro Ramirez at the near post and the Spaniard turns the ball wide of the post. Lots of pace on the cross, a difficult effort to control.

Eric Dier crunches Idrissa Gueye and has the referee in his ear. No card for the Spurs man though. Appears as though Mr Scott may have his hands full here. Both sides are physical and competitive.

CHANCE Good opportunity for Spurs. Ben Davies lifts a cross into Alli, who lays it down for Eriksen. The Dane scored two wonderful goals for his country last week but can't direct his volley from the edge of the box into the bottom corner.

YELLOW! Toby Alderweireld is not as lucky as Vertonghen and Dier. He enters the book after chopping down Sandro by the left byline. Some nifty footwork earns Everton a promising looking free kick.

CLOSE! Sissoko nearly gets his first Tottenham goal! Davies again gets in down the left and picks out the Frenchman with a good pull-back. Sissoko makes a decent connection on his left foot and the ball is headed towards the bottom corner before Williams sticks out a leg. The ball is recycled and another Davies cross is scuffed wide by Kane.

Something interesting to note tactically from Tottenham. New signing Sanchez has slotted into the middle of Tottenham's back three. Usually it is Alderweireld who is the central defender.

Poor defensive header from Davies falls to Sigurdsson, who skews his left-footed volley high.

Dier slips in Eriksen with a reverse pass that the Dane would be proud of. Before Tottenham's playmaker can get the ball out of his feet, Martina gets across to poke it from him. Feint penalty shouts but nothing doing. Important tackle as Eriksen was in on goal.


Tottenham lead through a Harry Kane fluke. The England striker was looking to whip a ball to the far post and overhits his cross so badly that it loops over a surprised Jordan Pickford in the Everton goal. It is September and Kane is on the scoresheet, but his sheepish celebrations tell us it wasn't intentional! Tottenham were grasping control and now have the advantage to show for it.

Spurs threaten to make it two as Eriksen crosses to Sissoko, whose flick is saved at point blank range by Pickford. Offside flag is raised, anyway. Everton need to be careful here as Tottenham smell blood.

Everton go in search of an immediate equaliser as Rooney breaks the line in behind. The ball eventually drops to Sandro, whose ferocious volley is blocked bravely by the face of Alderweireld.

Everton are getting plenty of bodies forward - Rooney, Sigurdsson, Sandro and Klaasen. But there's not much height in the box or pace to get in behind. Hard to see how they will break Spurs down.

Poor from Sissoko, who is looking along the line and is still caught offside as Spurs broke away. He squared for Kane who would have been one-on-one with Pickford if not for the flag being raised.

Been a very solid debut for Sanchez so far. He is built formidably but is also athletic. He goes to ground to tackle Sandro and is then back to his feet to beat another blue shirt to the second ball.

GOAL! EVERTON 0-2 TOTTENHAM (Christian Eriksen)

Big goal for Tottenham to give them a two-goal cushion at half time. Pickford sprawled to parry a Davies shot from inside the box and Eriksen is first to lift the rebound into the back of the net.

CHANCES! Fantastic couple of chances for Spurs to wrap this game up by the break. Alli has acres of room in the middle to convert Kane's aerial cross, but instead of a simple side-footed finish, the 20-year-old tries an audacious flick which he completely misses. Moments later, Kane scuffs a left-footed shot from a great position.


Tottenham head down the tunnel two up, but really it should be more. Alli and Kane had great chances in stoppage time but let Everton off the hook. Still, Kane and Eriksen goals put them in control.

Kane will always remember his 100th Spurs goal, although perhaps not for the right reasons. It was definitely an intended cross. Such was the pace and trajectory on the ball that it looped over Pickford. The Everton stopper didn't cover himself in glory for Tottenham's second either. On first glance it looks a decent reflex save to deny Davies, but he parried the ball straight to the feet of Eriksen, who couldn't miss.

Koeman should be concerned with how his Everton players reacted to going 2-0 down. They were all over the place defensively in the final five minutes of that half. They need to get organised otherwise they will be out of this game very shortly after the restart.

STATS: The hosts have edged possession so far, 52% to Tottenham's 48%, but are disappointingly yet to register a shot on target. One booking apiece for either side - Williams and Alderweireld.

KICK-OFF: We are back up and running. News of some Everton substitutions...


Everton did not react to the warning signs at the end of the first half and Spurs surely victory with a second from Kane, less than a minute into the second half. He starts the move and then dashes into the box to turn a cross from Davies into the bottom corner. He's truly off and running now!

SUBSTITUTIONS: Let me catch you up on those Everton subs. Klaasen and Sandro have come off for Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Tom Davies. Don't think it will affect the final outcome mind you.

SAVES This could get embarrassing for Everton if they don't sort themselves out quickly. Pickford didn't exactly cover himself in glory in the first half but he's twice kept out Kane already this half.

CHANCE! Sissoko spurns another great chance to open his Spurs account. Kane holds the ball up well and sends Tripper out wide. His cross is headed over the crossbar by the unmarked Frenchman.

Rooney leaves a foot in on Trippier but escapes with a quiet word. A red card would really complete a miserable week for the ex-England skipper. Koeman should hook him to protect him.

Talking of substitutions, I wonder if Pochettino will turn to his bench soon and in doing so give some key players a rest ahead of Dortmund's visit on Wednesday. Could we see a Llorente debut?

CHANCE! Let off for Lloris as he overplays at the back, gifting the ball to Gueye. The midfielder has much of the goal to aim at, but shows no composure to tamely side foot the ball 10 yards wide.

Sissoko has a chance to pick out an unmarked Alli but slightly overhits his cross.

SUBSTITUTION: First sub for Spurs as Dembele replaces the mercurial Eriksen. The Dane will be key to Tottenham's Champions League hopes and this 20-minute rest will do him no harm.

Everton are still showing very little going forward. The game has calmed down significantly. Spurs look the more likely to add to the score but have a concern here, with Sissoko having treatment on his ankle.

SUBSTITUTION: That's the end of Sissoko's day. A decent outing although he missed a couple of chances to finally get on the scoresheet for Tottenham. Harry Winks takes his place in midfield.

SUBSTITUTION: Koeman uses his final sub to hand a debut to teenage signing Nikola Vlasic. The yellow carded Idrissa Gueye is the man who he replaces. Ten minutes to shine for the winger.

Decent chance for Everton. Baines gets forward for the first time all day. His cross bounces off a couple of bodies and falls to Calvert-Lewin, whose shot on the spin is blocked by Alderweireld.

CHANCE! Best opportunity of the game for Everton as a corner is cleared back to Baines. He delivers a wonderful ball into the six-yard box, but Rooney, possibly blinded by Calvert-Lewin's presence heads over.

SUBSTITUTION No hat-trick for Kane today as he is spared the final five minutes. No debut for Llorente though as Son Heung-Min gets a little run out. Great all-round performance from Kane.

YELLOW! Rooney enters the book for a trip on Alli.

Four minutes of stoppage time to be added on. Time for a consolation?

Sigurdsson has had a couple of shots blocked but Everton have still not tested Lloris all afternoon. Koeman will be very unhappy with this performance. Pochettino on the other hand; very satisfied.


Three important points for Spurs - their first win since the opening day of the season. It was much more comfortable than expected, with Everton offering no attacking threat and too easily opened at the back.

Kane and Eriksen are off the mark this season for Tottenham. His first was a fluke, but his second more typical of his September-July form. Read SM's full match report on Spurs's 3-0 stroll here.

It is too early in the campaign to take the table too seriously, but Spurs will be relieved to be back in the top six after two disappointing home results. Everton sit in 15th and have some improving to do.

Thanks for joining Sports Mole for our coverage of this one from Goodison Park. Stay with us now to follow updates of Manchester United's trip to Stoke City. Can the Red Devils go four from four?

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