Gomes injury overshadows draw
André Gomes of Everton was the victim of a severe ankle injury during Sunday’s Premier League 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park.
The injury, which came as a result of a tackle by Tottenham’s Son Heung-min, produced a horrified reaction from players and fans and led to Son being sent off as Gomes received prolonged treatment on the pitch before being stretchered off and taken straight to hospital.
Son appeared to be distraught, while a number of players close to the incident were also visibly upset by the injury, which overshadowed the last 10 minutes of the second half in which Cenk Tosun scored an equaliser in the 97th minute to secure a draw for the home side.
Tottenham had gone into the game as favourites with sports betting companies, and they took the lead through Dele Alli, who finished well on 63 minutes after taking advantage of a poor pass by Alex Iwobi.
Less than a minute later, it seemed that Alli had handled the ball in the area when he jumped to challenge opposition defender Yerry Mina at a corner.
The initial incident seemed innocuous as it looked as though any handball had been accidental, but replays appeared to show that Alli’s arm was raised above his head, which according to the new rules on handball would mean that a penalty should be awarded.
However, after the incident was viewed 26 times by the VAR, the original decision was upheld, leaving everyone watching confused and Everton fans angry.
This was the second prolonged VAR delay of the game, as earlier during the first half, Son had been tackled by Mina in the area, leading to a lengthy review before the original decision not to award Tottenham a penalty was upheld.
The late equaliser from Tosun salvaged something for the home side, and they are now three points clear of the relegation zone, while Tottenham, who could have moved up to eighth if they had held on for the win, remain in the middle of the table in 11th, one of 13 teams separated by only six points.
Ultimately, this game was a disappointing one for both sides, underlining how far short they both are from being able to challenge for Champions League qualification, and doing little to ease the pressure on both Mauricio Pochettino and Marco Silva.
Words: Josh Dixon