In a goalfest at Goodison Park, Everton pulled off an astonishing 5-4 win over Tottenham Hotspur to book their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Everton secured their place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, as the intriguing event at Goodison Park ended with a staggering 5-4 scoreline. The Toffees have been enjoying a sensational season under Carlo Ancelotti, and with this enormous victory over Tottenham, they have guided their way through to the next chapter of this prestigious competition.

The visitors started the proceedings brightly, as Davinson Sanchez’s header open up the account for Jose Mourinho’s men in the third minute. But, in the 36th minute, Dominic Calvert-Lewin pulled off the equaliser, which was served by Gylfi Sigurdsson. A spectacular strike from the Brazilian international Richarlison from the edge of the box battered Spurs’ backline in the 38th minute.

As the game was turning out to be an expedition of alienation, Tottenham conceded a penalty in the 43rd minute, which was exquisitely finished by Sigurdsson. Erik Lamela pulled one goal back in the final minutes of the first half, as he took full advantage of the mistake of Yerry Mina, who was not able to intercept the move.

Tottenham central defender Davinson Sanchez pounced on the opportunity in the 57th minute, as his strike from the corner turned the scoreline into 3-3. But, in the 68th minute, Richarlison emerged as the driving force for Everton, as his nicely curved left-footed strike was enough to give the lead to Carlo Ancelotti & co.

Harry Kane continued his goalscoring run, as his header in the 83rd minute allowed the visitors to gain some momentum. As the game progressed to extra-time, it was anybody’s to grab. Gylfi Sigurdsson’s acrobatic display yet again moulded the decider of the night, as his flick towards the Bernard was enough to shatter Tottenham’s dream into pieces.

The Merseyside team, with this engrossing victory, advanced through to the quarter-finals. Here, at The Hard Tackle, we will run the rule over the two sides following this gargantuan ride at Goodison Park on Thursday.


Robin Olsen: 6/10

The Swedish international had an intriguing first half to open up the game, as his two crucial saves played an important part in the triumph. Olsen looked decent and sharp for much of the ninety minutes, and he seems well settled to replace of Jordan Pickford.

Michael Keane: 4/10

The 28-year-old had a rough outing, as he was exposed in many situations. With seven recoveries though, he was able to showcase his efforts to retrieve the ball when required.

Ben Godfrey: 5.5/10

Godfrey struggled to hold the momentum in the backline, as the scoreline reflects upon that. The player was craving to stand tall in such a volatile tie, and in spite of conceding four goals, he would be desperate to be the constant figure in the defensive unit.

Yerry Mina: 3/10

The former Barcelona defender had an awful game, and he was not able to showcase his stability. Mina lost four duels out of five, which represents his vulnerability.

Lucas Digne: 6/10

Probably the only player in the defensive zone who stood firm on his task, as he was constantly narrating his mobility through the left channel. He won eight duels out of a possible ten, but he would love to be more decisive in his approach upfront.

Abdoulaye Doucoure: 6/10

Doucoure had the responsibility to cut off the attacking threats of the opposition, and he did well enough to ensure that job. With those key passes and the way he was reading the game, those were pretty much a delightful sight for his manager.

Tom Davies: 6.5/10

The English midfielder had been the dictator of his side, in spite of the rustic performance from most of his colleague. Davies completed 67 passes out of 74, which defined his agility.

Alex Iwobi: 5.5/10

The former Arsenal player, who was the only player on the pitch to conquer this silverware, had a not so gladsome period. Made just two recoveries, and lost the ball on six significant occasions; the player seemed rugged in his business.

Gylfi Sigurdsson: 8.5/10

The 31-year-old’s contribution was immense, as the player scored from the penalty spot and served three assists to rattle the cages of Spurs’ defensive territory. With 9 recoveries, Sigurdsson had a memorable night in the defensive phase as well.

Richarlison: 7.5/10

The Brazilian international, with two goals, pulled the strings in the attacking half, as by slaughtering the ball back into the net, he was able to establish another promising display.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin: 8/10

The English striker’s precisely crafted performance set the tone for the hosts. With a goal and an assist, he painted the attacking canvas with finesse. Replaced in the 55th minute due to injury an concern which Ancelotti would hope is not serious.


Seamus Coleman: 6/10

His efforts all over the field were visible, as he constantly helped both the defence and the attack in an effortless manner.

Bernard: 6.5/10

The Brazilian scored the decisive goal of the game and was keen to make a statement.

Mason Holgate: N/A

Helped his side cross the boundary line.

Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris: 4/10

The French international should have been more resilient between the sticks. Tottenham captain Lloris denied the opponents attacks a few times, but he gifted two of the goals to the hosts, where he should have done better.

Matt Doherty: 5.5/10

In the absence of Serge Airier, Doherty had to fulfil the spaces on that right flank with flair. In spite of some convincing run through that channel, he fumbled on a few occasions.

Davinson Sanchez: 6/10

Two-goal for a defender is quite a rare sight to behold, as he was able to pose aerial threats during the set pieces. But on a few moments, he was not able to hold the backline, as the errors had been popping up in crucial situations.

Toby Alderweireld: 4/10

The Belgian international had a game to forget, as he seemed clueless in the defensive region. The 31-year-old lost five duels during the course of the game and looked reckless when Everton were pulling the strings.

Ben Davies: 5.5/10

As a left-back, Davies was allowed to venture through that territory to push the attacking threats more when needed, and yet again he was able to produce that part of his job with ease. But when it came to narrowing the spaces for the opposition in the defence, he was out of position at times.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg: 5/10

Throughout the season, Hojbjerg has been one of those crucial pieces of Mourinho’s scheme, as his ability to bring stability in the midfield is remarkable to watch. But on this occasion, the player lacked persistence in a few layers of the game, as he was failing to cope up with the pressure.

Tanguy Ndombele: 5.5/10

Ndombele was desperately trying to galvanise the opposition’s half with his strength, but his rustic episodes were not helping his theatrics. Lost six duels and his interpretation of that territory portrayed sluggishness. Harry Wins arrived by replacing him in 91st minute.

Steven Bergwijn: 5.5/10

Started the game from the right wing, where his blistering pace was essential to guide the proceedings in attacking half. In spite of a bright start in the first 10-15 minutes, the player lost the momentum, as he failed to influence the attack.

Erik Lamela: 7/10

Since the first whistle of the game, the Argentine was causing damage to the Toffees. Another sensational performance and his calm and composed narration of the No. 10 role was a treat to behold. Needs to be consistent.

Lucas Moura: 6/10

The Brazilian international could have started the tie in an atrocious manner within the very first minute, but lack of decisiveness upfront did not allow him to do so. Completed four dribbles out of five, but the end product was not there to speak for him.

Son Heung-min: 7.5/10

Another stellar display from the South Korean, as he was dictating the attacking threats with his subtle theatrics. With two assists and 88 percent passing accuracy, Son tried his utmost best to pull the rabbit out of the hat.


Harry Kane: 6/10

Came on to replace Bergwijn, and with an immediate impact, the Englishman yet again showcased his brutality in front of the goal. Needs more minutes to settle his feet down properly.

Dele Alli: 4.5/10

A 77th minute replacement of Moura. Lack of confidence was visible, as the player was not able to display his full potential.

Harry Winks: 3/10

The player was the reason behind Everton’s fifth goal, as his dreadful mistake was the decisive moment of the tie.

Carlos Vinicius: N/A

Came on as a substitute in the 98th minute by replacing Erik Lamela. Could not make the most of the opportunities in the dying minutes of the extra time.

Moussa Sissoko: N/A

Came on to play as the right-back, but did not have much of the minutes to read the game properly.

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