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Everton 5-4 Tottenham: Super-sub Bernard seals extra-time victory in nine-goal FA Cup THRILLER

Everton progress to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup courtesy of a 5-4 victory over Tottenham after extra-time. Bernard scored the decisive strike after the sides shared eight goals in regular time.

Richarlison and Davinson Sanchez both scored braces for their respective teams, while there were also goals for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Erik Lamela and Harry Kane in an enthralling 90 minutes.

However, Bernard rose to the occasion with a sharp finish to send the Toffees into the last eight for the first time in five years.

Everton returns to Premier League action on Sunday against Fulham on home soil while Tottenham travels to take on Manchester City on Sunday in their next meeting.

What a super game of knock out football. Punch and counter-punch. Cut and thrust. Extra-time. And in the end, a victory carved out and secured by a superb piece of skill from a lovely footballer.

Gylfi Sigurdsson has taken longer than expected to put out his influence at Everton.

But here he created the goal that made a difference in the first period of extra time.

Having already scored a penalty and set up Richarlison for a goal, Sigurdsson turned beautifully on the edge of the penalty area in the 97th minute before lifting a perfect pass over the Tottenham defence and into the path of the substitute Bernard.

The finish across goal was nicely executed but this goal was all about the pass.

Tottenham played well. Much has been said about Jose Mourinho’s method to football lately but here his team were courageous and ambitious and could easily have come out on the right end of the result.

On Saturday they are at Manchester City in the Premier League. You see, that’s what event gets you.

Both managers picked teams that indicated they felt this was a competition that was there to be won. Everton and Tottenham were not quite at full strength, but there wasn’t much in it.

When the equalizing goal came, in the 36th minute, it was well taken. Calvert-Lewin found a hole eight yards out on the right-hand side and swept the ball through Lloris with power.

Richarlison’s goal two minutes later was lovely, too; a neat lay-off from his strike partner and a laser-like low shot from 20 yards.

Tottenham looked rattled. On the touchline, Mourinho was strangely passive and calmed even when Calvert-Lewin fell in the box after smallest contact from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg three minutes before half-time.

Sigurdsson scored the resulting penalty and Everton looked as good as in the last eight, only for Lamela to exchange passes with Son in stoppage time and score across Olsen with his left foot to make it 3-2.

Help was then at hand from a bit-part player. With creative talents like Dele Alli and Harry Winks on the bench – both came on later – Lamela was arraign for a start and played a nice one-two with Son to haul his team back into it with pretty much the last kick of the first half.

Mourinho didn’t spend along with his team at half-time but made a pretty big call nonetheless. In the 53rd minute, Harry Kane was sent on and it was to prove a crucial move.

The first equaliser, however, came from Sanchez. Anyone with a fiver on the defender to score twice would have been brave or dadt. He had only scored once for the club before this night and that was two years ago.

But here he shoved the ball over the line from six yards in the 57th minute after Olsen had saved from Toby Alderweireld. Another Tottenham free header.

Kane had made a difference with his existence and so it seemed had the disappearance of Calvert-Lewin with an injury.

Richarlison clearly plays better when the young Englishman is there to occupy central defenders but he made a lovely run with a little over 20 minutes to go and when Sigurdsson sailed him in perfectly he was able to lash a finish across Lloris and off the far post from a tight angle.

Soon after that Michael Keane headed a great opportunity straight at Lloris. That would have finalized the game for Everton.

Instead, Keane was part of an Everton defence that got itself in a mess once again late on and when Son crossed beautifully to the far post from the left Kane bent to head in from almost on the line.

Unneeded to say, he was unmarked.

A penalty shoots out would have been a shame. This had been a game of guts and glory and needed a fitting ending.

Bernard has his name on the board this morning but it was a goal made in Iceland.

Sigurdsson once played for Tottenham, of course. Ouch.

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