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Everton 2-1 Tottenham: 2 Goals in 2 Minutes Sink Spurs at Goodison

Frank WagnerCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2012

With less than a minute to go in the 90 minutes at Goodison Park, Tottenham looked like they had sealed what was a fairly incredible victory.

Through all the dicey moments at the back and uninspired play in attack, Spurs held a 1-0 lead through a somewhat fortunate goal from Clint Dempsey, whose 76th-minute effort was partially deflected over the head of US teammate Tim Howard's head and into the net.

The seemingly inevitable win would have been a huge boost to Spurs' morale, as it would be their fifth consecutive victory and would have happened without one of their biggest weapons in the injured Gareth Bale.

However, if watching Spurs this season has taught us one thing, it's that nothing in the Premier League is inevitable and no lead is safe.

This was made abundantly clear in the final moments of the match Saturday, as Tottenham's lead turned into a rough defeat.

First, with just five seconds remaining in regular time, ex-Spur Steven Pienaar came back to haunt his old club, directing a perfect header past Hugo Lloris to find an equalizer.

Just 88 seconds later, it was pandemonium in Goodison as Nikica Jelavic took advantage of some disorganized defending through the middle, pouncing on a flick-on and netting a beautiful one-touch finish for the winner.

The two late goals are just the latest in a long line of late-match woes for Tottenham, who have now conceded 10 goals in the final 10 minutes of their first 16 Premier League matches.

The result vaults Everton into fourth place in the league, while Spurs fall to fifth on goal differential. However, just four points separate the two clubs from the bottom half.

 

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