Tottenham 1-1 Everton: van der Vaart cancels out Baines opener

Tottenham and Everton played out a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon.

Toffees left-back Leighton Baines put his side ahead with a precision free-kick from the edge of the area in the 17th minute which gave Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes absolutely no chance.

In a high-tempo contest, the home side struck back less than two minutes later when a long ball deflected off Peter Crouch at the back post and fell kindly for Rafael van der Vaart who was on hand to ram home from a yard out under no pressure to tie up proceedings.

Neither side could find the winner they were both searching for, forcing them to settle for a point each. The draw allowed Tottenham to momentarily go third as Everton remained 11th.

Tottenham Hotspur: 1 (Rafael van der Vaart 20’)
Everton: 1 (Leighton Baines 17’)

Venue: White Hart Lane, North London
Crowd: 35,967
Referee: Michael Jones
Yellow cards: TH - Wilson Palacios 10’, Rafael van der Vaart 74’, Sandro 78’
EV - Seamus Coleman 51’

Starting Line-Ups

TH
Heurelho Gomes (gk), Alan Hutton, Younes Kaboul, William Gallas, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Aaron Lennon (Pavlyuchenko 69’), Wilson Palacios (Sandro 46’), Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Rafael van der Vaart, Peter Crouch

Subs - Carlo Cudicini (gk), Sandro (46’), Roman Pavlyuchenko (69’), Jermaine Jenas, Niko Kranjčar, Robbie Keane, Sebastien Bassong

EV
Tim Howard (gk), John Heitinga (Hibbert 78’), Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Sylvain Distin, Seamus Coleman (Beckford 84’), Tim Cahill, Steven Pienaar, Phil Neville, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Saha 62’)

Subs - Jan Mucha (gk), Louis Saha (62’), Tony Hibbert (78’), Jermaine Beckford (84’), Jose Baxter, Magaye Gueye, Shane Duffy

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