Conte’s Premier League Return Ends In Controversial Goodison Park Draw

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Conte's Premier League Return Ends In Controversial Goodison Park Draw
Conte's Premier League Return Ends In Controversial Goodison Park Draw

Tottenham’s first Premier League game under Antonio Conte resulted in a goalless draw at Goodison Park against Everton. However, there was some controversy, as referee Chris Kavanagh initially awarded Everton a second-half penalty before changing his mind after viewing the replay on the pitchside monitor.

After a lunge by Mason Holgate, he earned a yellow card, reducing the hosts to ten men for the final few minutes.

Spurs’ greatest chance came in stoppage time when Harry Kane picked up an unmarked Sergio Reguilon at the far post, but he blazed over with a first-time effort. Spurs began the second half with more vigour, but they survived a fright when Richarlison appeared to be caught by Hugo Lloris, with the referee initially pointing to the spot before altering his mind.

Everton, enraged by such a decision, upped their game and put pressure on the visitors in search of an early goal.

Tom Davies had the finest chance for them, but he only managed a poor effort straight at the Spurs goalie, while Demarai Gray failed to complete Lucas Digne’s tempting cross.

Spurs substitute Giovani Lo Celso came agonizingly close to winning it right at the finish, but his beautiful looping shot from 25 yards hit the post with Jordan Pickford beaten. There was still time for Everton defender Holgate, who had only been on the pitch for a few minutes, to be sent out for a reckless tackle on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

Tottenham are now in ninth place in the rankings, with Everton two places and one point behind them.

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