Everton midfielder, Andre Gomes suffered a serious ankle injury. The situation left Son Heung-min in tears and overshadowed the home side scoring a 97th-minute equalizer to earn a vital point.
Son tackled Gomes from behind. He appeared to be injured by an awkward fall that prompted an anguished reaction from players and fans close to the incident.
Son was then sent off the pitch by referee Martin Atkinson. Gomes received extensive treatment in a lengthy delay and eventually taken off on a stretcher.
Former Everton winger, Pat Nevin described the incident as ‘horrible.’
He said, “Players looked devastated and there was utter confusion. Players had their heads in their hands.”
“Son was distraught before he was sent off and Serge Aurier couldn’t watch and was praying.”
“Gomes was led straight to the corner to the ambulance to take him to hospital.”
The atmosphere around Goodison Park darkened. Football became secondary to Gomes’ plight until substitute Cenk Tosun lifted the mood heading in from close range.
More VAR confusion
For the first hour of the match, there was very little to talk about as both teams illustrated why they are struggling in the bottom half.
So, it was once again left to the farcical nature of VAR to give fans leaving Goodison Park something to complain about.
Shortly after, Alli placed Tottenham ahead. Spurs midfielder looked to have handled in his box when jumping to challenge Yerry Mina at an Everton corner.
Initially, it looked innocuous and certainly accidental. But replays suggested a penalty would be given. Judging by the letter of the law, his arm was raised above his head.
Loud boos were heard from the Goodison crowd. VAR watched 26 replays in a wait lasting almost three minutes.
Eventually, the original ‘no penalty’ decision should stand, leaving the players, managers, supporters at the ground and television viewers alike confused.