Match of the Week: Tottenham 3, Everton 0

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Premier League logoThe Premier League was not without blowouts on Saturday morning as Manchester City devastated Liverpool, 5-0; Arsenal thrashed Bournemouth, 3-0; and Tottenham dominated Everton, 3-0.

Tottenham clearly controlled the match in its win away at Goodison Park and throttled an out-0f-sync Toffees side.

In the early quarter of the game, the two sides appeared even. Each was playing through the back and using their goalkeepers as a passing target. However, the keeper, whether it was Hugo Lloris or Jordan Pickford, typically elected to kick the ball downfield, which resulted in a loss of possession.

From the start, the referee set the tempo. Everton’s Ashely Williams received a yellow card five minutes into the match after stopping a Harry Kane-led counter attack. Spurs’ Toby Alderweireld picked up a yellow of his own seven minutes later.

As the match relaxed, Spurs began to notice the huge gap of space on the left side of the field. They began to play through left back Ben Davies, which offered multiple scoring chances.

In the 28th minute, Tottenham took the lead. A ball played on the right side of Everton’s box fell to Kane, who elected to cross. Instead of finding a teammate, Kane’s powerful cross lobbed perfectly over the head of Pickford and into the net.

From then on, Spurs dominated possession. They would strike again in the 42nd minute when Dele Alli took the ball to Everton’s touchline and crossed it to Ben Davies. Davies fired a shot that ricocheted to Christian Eriksen who smashed it into the back of the net with one touch.

Everton collapsed soon after and headed into the locker room at halftime with heads hung low.

Straight out of the second half, Everton made two changes, bringing on Calvert Lewin and Tom Davies for Sandro Ramirez and Davy Klaasen.

That plan was quickly debunked as Tottenham grabbed its third goal one minute into the second half. A give-and-go sequence between Kane and Davies led to a simple Kane tap in.

From then on, Spurs slowed down the game and possessed. Everton continued to fire long balls into Tottenham’s half with little to no results until the referee blew the final whistle.