Spurs’ 30 year wait for FA Cup glory will have to wait for another year at least as Jose Mourinho’s side were knocked out of the fifth round in a nine goal thriller at Goodison Park.
Spurs got off to a rapid start, with Everton ‘keeper Robin Olsen forced into early save from Erik Lamela, before Davison Sanchez gave the visitors the lead, the Colombian rising highest to nod home a header from a corner in just the third minute.
Everton steadied the ship and got themselves back on terms in the 36th minute. Abdoulaye Doucoure won the ball back high up the pitch, Gylfi Sigurdsson flicking the ball into the path of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who thrashed a powerful volley past Hugo Lloris, though the Spurs captain really should have done better.
Two minutes later, and Carlo Ancelotti’s side had turned the game on its head, Richarlison firing home an excellent effort from the edge of the box, the Brazilian expertly finding the bottom corner.
The Blues capped an excellent seven minute spell as they went 3-1 ahead, former Spurs playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson netting after Calvert-Lewin was clipped just inside the box by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, before the Iceland international sent Lloris the wrong way from the resulting spot kick.
However, Spurs pulled one back in first-half stoppage time, Erik Lamela playing a one-two through the Everton defence before lifting the ball over the Toffee’s Swedish ‘keeper.
12 minutes after the break, the scores were level once more, Davinson Sanchez the unlikely hero as he bagged his second of the evening after Olsen had saved Toby Alderweireld’s initial header from yet another corner.
The goals kept on coming, with Richarlison crashing an effort in off the post from an acute angle following a threaded ball through from Sigurdsson, before Harry Kane made it 4-4 with seven minutes to play, the England captain meeting a delightful Heung Min Son cross at the back post with a diving header.
1961 – This was the highest scoring FA Cup game between two top-flight teams since February 1961 when Sheffield Wednesday won 7-2 against Man Utd. Madness. pic.twitter.com/ny43kqeByh
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Everton finally struck the winner seven minutes into extra time, Sigurdsson registering his third assist of the evening with a sumptuous lifted ball over the Spurs defence, with diminutive playmaker Bernard allowing the ball to bounce before firing past Lloris on the half-volley with his left to fire the Blues into the last eight.
Speaking after a topsy turvy game, Jose Mourinho admitted he ‘enjoyed’ the attacking aspects of his side’s play, but lamented the ‘incredible mistakes’ that they made
“I enjoyed it – and I didn’t enjoy it. I enjoyed the way we played with the ball,” he told BT Sport.
“We created, we had great movement, we scored goals, created chances. Showed great character to fight against incredible mistakes. But attacking football only wins matches when you don’t make more mistakes than you create. We scored four goals and it was not enough.
“It hurts everyone. The feeling is we played really well with the ball, we were brave, we were the best team at 1-0 and in five minutes it was mistake, mistake, mistake, goal, goal, goal.
“We fought back again but had more mistakes. It was the mouse and the cat. The mouse was our mistakes and the cat was us trying to compensate for that.”
Next up for Spurs is a tricky away trip to face Premier League leaders, Manchester City.