Tottenham and Chelsea both drop points in unexpected draws, raising questions about their league standings and Champions League hopes - Premier League
|Ella Simms celebrates after leveling for Everton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The game ended 2-2. (Photo credit: Euro Sport)|
How else do you want the Premier League to serve you the shocks? On a given day, you need to gain some ground on the chasing pack and also close in on the teams above you, Tottenham and Chelsea, which both conjure dropping points.
Tottenham Hotspur needed a win to move one point above Manchester United and into third on the Premier League table.
And also move four points clear of Newcastle, who is knocking on the top four door, but the North Londoners could only settle for a point.
To make matters worse, Tottenham led 3-1 at some stage and were up 3-2 going into the last minute of added time.
Pedro Porro had handed the visitors the lead in the first half, but Che Adams levelled just seconds into the restart.
Inevitably, Harry Kane headed in to make it 2-1 not long after the hour mark, and substitute Ivan Perisic thought he had sealed the result about ten minutes later.
It took only three minutes afterwards for former Arsenal winger Theo Walcott to cut the deficit in half.
With seconds left in added time, Pape Matar Sarr was adjudged to have fouled Maintland Niles in the area.
And James Ward Prowse kept his cool to convert past a familiar figure in the Spurs goal, Fraiser Foster, who was a Saint for many years before moving to Spurs.
Everton hold Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
Elsewhere later on, Chelsea needed to win to move up to the ninth spot on the table and finally leave the tenth spot.
But the Blues also managed to concede a late goal right in front of their own fans.
The Blues were drawn to play Real Madrid in the Champions League, and if they want to shine there, they need to be better.
Chelsea led through a fine Joao Felix goal in the second half after a poor and barren first half, but Everton refused to allow things to lie.
Abdoulaye Doucoure headed home from a set piece, and it looked like Chelsea lost ideas.
Kai Havertz converted from the spot after Reece James was brought down in the area, and at that point, you expect Chelsea to go on and win from there.
But again, the Blues managed to concede another goal in stoppage time.
Everton manager Sean Dyche sent on young striker Ellis Simms in place of Idrissa Gana Gueye, and the move paid off.
The young Evertonian outmuscled Khalidou Koulibali and slotted brilliantly under Kepa Arizabalaga to restore parity again.
The dropped points rooted Chelsea to tenth and again, bring to the forefront the need to win the Champions League as it’s the only realistic route back into it after slipping eleven points off the top four, but on paper and mathematically, they can still dream.