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Euro stars draw at White Hart Lane

GOAL-DEN MOMENT: Emmanuel Adebayor (10) celebrates his goal

THE POINTS were shared by Spurs and Everton as the two teams vying to secure a Champions League spot clashed at White Hart Lane in a pulsating 2-2 draw.

Spurs, missing talisman and top goal scorer Gareth Bale, had been labeled a one-man team ahead of this game against their Merseyside visitors, and only the most foolhardy fan could have left North London feeling like their side did a good enough job without the Welsh wizard.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas did his best to keep Everton boss David Moyes guessing by giving Gylfi Sigurdsson a free role in the first half and then giving the role to Mousa Dembele in the second period but the resolute four-four-one-one formation of Everton was enough to thwart the attacking prowess of a Spurs side that are used to getting their way at home.

Spurs’s bright start, which saw them take the lead through Emmanuel Adebayor in the first minute of the game, didn’t serve as the catalyst for the type of dominant performance that usually follows an early goal by the home side. Instead Tottenham seemed comfortable to tick along rather than go for the visitors' throats.

Slowly but surely Everton, buoyed by their fans, got over the shock of being a goal down and began asserting themselves.

A corner after 15 minutes was to prove the big moment in the first half for Everton and up rose Phil Jagielka to convert his fourth goal of the season.

Everton started the second half the brighter of the two teams and after ten minutes they were a goal ahead following another great solo effort by Kevin Mirallas, just a week after he scored a similar wonderful goal against Stoke.

In truth, the goal should have been prevented by one of three Spurs players who failed to defend the situation properly.

It was only after Spurs went behind that they started to produce the type of football that had neutral observers waging wads of cash on them playing in the Champions League next season.

It took until the 87th minute however, for Spurs to forge a way through the resolute Everton defence.

A surging run by full-back Kyle Walker ended with a cross into the box which found Adebayor. His shot hit the inside of the post and the ball fell into the path of the advancing Sigurdsson who duly leveled to game.

A frantic five minutes of added time did nothing to add to the score and when the final whistle blew a collective sigh of relief was audible around the ground, from both sets of fans.

It was a game that both needed to win but neither could lose and a draw was about the right result.

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