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Everton 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

By Alistair MagowanBBC Sport
Harry Kane
Harry Kane's goals have won his team more points (24) than any other player in the Premier League this season
  • Spurs qualify for Europa League group stage
  • Harry Kane goal equals club Premier League record
  • Everton finish in bottom half for first time since 2006
  • Toffees suffer third defeat in four games

Tottenham qualified for the group stage of the Europa League after finishing fifth in the Premier League with a confident win at Everton.

Harry Kane scored his 31st goal of the season, also equalling a Premier League club record, after he headed in Eric Dier's first-half cross.

Everton were poor and came closest via Seamus Coleman's angled effort.

Crystal Palace beat Swansea to move into 10th, leaving Everton out of the top half for the first time since 2006.

Spurs have big potential - Pochettino

Although Roberto Martinez's Everton side have recovered from a poor start to the season where they struggled to combine a busy domestic and European schedule, they slumped to a third defeat in four games.

They lacked fluency and urgency as the visitors easily kept control and the game was a lot more comfortable for Spurs than the scoreline suggested.

Everton finished 25 points down on last season's tally under Martinez, which was a club Premier League record.

There will need to be much improvement from the Spaniard's team as they seek to return to the top seven, which they have achieved over the last four seasons.

Sylvain Distin
Sylvain Distin came on to make his final appearance for Everton after six seasons at Goodison

Despite also appearing in this season's Europa League, Tottenham's bigger squad appeared to give them a better consistency throughout the campaign and, in Mauricio Pochettino's first season in charge, they improved on last season's sixth-place finish.

Spurs ended six points behind fourth-placed Manchester United but Pochettino has said he aims to improve on this season, and that none of his squad would be safe this summer as he re-assesses his staff.

Toffees learned tough lessons - Martinez

That sort of threat appeared to galvanise the team as they set the tempo against Everton. When Kane scored his 21st Premier League goal to equal a club record set by Teddy Sheringham, Jurgen Klinsmann and Gareth Bale, Everton had little response despite improving after the break.

With Liverpool being thumped 6-1 by Stoke, Spurs leapfrogged Brendan Rodgers' side and qualified for the Europa League group stage, meaning they will begin that competition in September rather than the third qualifying round on 30 July.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino: "The first half was one of the best of the season. We played very well and to finish fifth is fantastic for us. We have a very young squad, and the young players improved a lot during the season. It was tough, but it's very important to improve one position in the table, it's not easy. We have big potential and we need to be ambitious for next season. Fighting for the top four is very difficult but we need to try.

"[Finishing fifth] changes a lot of our plans for the summer. We go straight to the Europa League group stage and it's very important for the club to prepare with more time for next season."

Everton boss Roberto Martinez: "We have to work extremely hard to fulfil the potential of the squad, bring in a couple new faces and make sure we make sure we make these fans proud.

"Of course it's been a very tough season but we have learned invaluable lessons that we will use in a good effect in order to start challenging towards where we should be. "



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24Howard
  • 23Coleman
  • 26Stones
  • 6JagielkaBooked at 81mins
  • 32GallowaySubstituted forDistinat 84'minutes
  • 16McCarthy
  • 18Barry
  • 11MirallasSubstituted forNaismithat 73'minutes
  • 20BarkleySubstituted forBesicat 45'minutes
  • 21Osman
  • 10Lukaku


  • 1Robles
  • 7McGeady
  • 9Koné
  • 14Naismith
  • 15Distin
  • 17Besic
  • 19Atsu


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 15Dier
  • 21Fazio
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 42Bentaleb
  • 19DembéléSubstituted forStambouliat 53'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 38MasonBooked at 83mins
  • 11Lamela
  • 23Eriksen
  • 22ChadliSubstituted forSoldadoat 90+3'minutes
  • 18KaneSubstituted forTownsendat 85'minutes


  • 9Soldado
  • 12Yedlin
  • 13Vorm
  • 17Townsend
  • 25Stambouli
  • 44Winks
  • 47Onomah
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Everton 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Everton 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Roberto Soldado replaces Nacer Chadli.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Everton. James McCarthy tries a through ball, but Steven Naismith is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Leon Osman (Everton).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Federico Fazio.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Steven Naismith (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sylvain Distin.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Andros Townsend replaces Harry Kane.

  10. Post update

    Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Sylvain Distin (Everton).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Sylvain Distin replaces Brendan Galloway.

  13. Booking

    Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur).

  15. Post update

    James McCarthy (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur).

  17. Post update

    Muhamed Besic (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).

  19. Post update

    Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Booking

    Phil Jagielka (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.