Tottenham earn their first clean sheet in two months, as Everton and Spurs share draw 0-0 at Goodison Park!
Antonio Conte’s first English Premier League (EPL) game in charge of Tottenham Hotspur ended in a 0-0 draw at Everton on Sunday, as a crucial VAR intervention helped his team secure a point.
The key moment in a game of few clear chances came just after 60 minutes when referee Chris Kavanagh gave a penalty against Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris for a foul on Richarlison, but he overturned his own decision after checking the pitchside monitor.
Tottenham substitute Giovani Lo Celso almost stole the three points for the visitors late on with a shot against the post. However, in the end, a draw was a fair result for these two out-of-form teams.
Everton ended a bad-tempered match with 10 men after Mason Holgate was sent off in stoppage time for a violent tackle on Spurs’ Danish midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.
Conte, who was appointed manager on Tuesday, will take some satisfaction from Tottenham’s first league clean sheet for more than two months, as the Londoners drew for the first time this season.
Going into the international break, Tottenham are in ninth place with 16 points from 11 games. Rafael Benitez’s Everton, who ended a run of three successive league defeats, are just one point behind.
The Toffees were the better side after the break and thought they had been awarded a penalty when Richarlison powered into the area and went flying in a collision with Lloris.
Kavanagh immediately pointed to the spot, but after consulting with the VAR official via his earpiece, he jogged over to view the incident on the pitch-side monitor.
The video was inconclusive, with Lloris seemingly making minor contact with the ball before taking out the Brazilian striker, but to a soundtrack of loud Everton boos, Kavanagh cancelled the spot-kick.
After that, it was a messy affair and Lo Celso’s shot against the post was a rare moment of quality.