Jarrad Branthwaite's last-minute goal secured a 2-2 draw for Everton against Tottenham, lifting the Toffees out of the relegation zone. Richarlison's early double seemed to put Spurs on the path to victory, drawing them level on points with third-placed Arsenal.
However, Branthwaite's late equalizer denied Tottenham, leaving them in fourth place, with Aston Villa having the chance to overtake them if they win later in the day.
Richarlison, who returned to Goodison Park after a £60 million move in July 2022, has now scored nine goals in Tottenham's last eight Premier League games. Despite his impressive form, he refrained from celebrating his goals out of respect for Everton and even apologized to the home supporters.
The opener came after four minutes when Destiny Udogie's untracked run led to an exquisite cross from Richarlison, neatly swept in for the goal.
Everton's fans directed their frustration at the Premier League, displaying placards and chanting against the league's hierarchy due to the club's 10-point deduction for financial rule breaches. Facing potential further punishment, Everton appealed the decision this week, with a verdict expected soon.
The Toffees, currently battling relegation, need a change of fortunes on the pitch as they have failed to win in six Premier League games and moved out of the relegation zone on goal difference.
Despite Everton's rally and Branthwaite's late heroics, the specter of their financial struggles looms large. The team faces another charge for exceeding profit and sustainability limits from last season. As the appeal outcome remains uncertain, Everton's focus must shift to on-field performance to secure their Premier League survival.