Everton midfielder Andre Gomes suffered a serious leg injury which left Tottenham’s Son Heung-min in tears and overshadowed the home side scoring a 98th-minute equaliser to earn a vital point.
Gomes, 26, was tackled by Son and appeared to be injured by an awkward fall which prompted an anguished reaction from players and fans close to the incident.
Son was sent off by referee Martin Atkinson as Portugal international Gomes received extensive treatment in a lengthy delay and was eventually taken off on a stretcher.
Former Everton winger Pat Nevin, who was the analyst for BBC Radio 5 Live at Goodison Park on Sunday, described the incident as “horrible”.
“Players looked devastated and there was utter confusion – players with their heads in their hands,” the former Scotland international said.
“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 as the football became secondary to Gomes’ plight, until the mood was lifted by substitute Cenk Tosun heading in from close range.
Earlier, Spurs midfielder Dele Alli’s clinical finish had livened up a dull game where the video assistant referee again proved a controversial talking point when Everton were denied what looked like a penalty.
Spurs, without a league win on the road since January, looked set to take all three points when Alli punished a loose pass from Everton’s Alex Iwobi to fire in.
Moments later, Alli looked to have handled in the Everton box but, after a three-minute delay greeted by boos from supporters, a penalty was not given by VAR.
Everton eventually equalised deep into the 12 minutes of stoppage-time following Gomes’ injury, with the draw moving Marco Silva’s side three points clear of the relegation zone.
Spurs were set to move eighth with a rare win, but instead remain 11th in the middle of a pack of 13 teams separated by just six points.
More to follow.