Lamela one-twos with Son down the inside-left channel. Mina should clear the return, but takes a fresh-air swipe and Lamela’s free in the box! He takes a touch and rasps a shot across Olsen and into the right-hand side of goal! Wow!
GOAL! Everton 3-2 Tottenham Hotspur (Lamela 45+3)
45 min +2: As does the second. Spurs look thoroughly flummoxed.
45 min +1: The first of three extra minutes goes by without incident.
45 min: It’s nearly four, as well, Richarlison robbing Sanchez, dithering under a long ball. The hapless defender is very fortunate that Richarlison’s first touch is too strong, because otherwise he’d have been rounding Lloris and walking the ball into the net.
44 min: I’m still not going to insult your intelligence. You can picture him.
GOAL! Everton 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur (Sigurdsson 43 pen)
Sigurdsson gives Lloris the eyes. He slots the ball into the bottom right as the keeper dives the other way. A lovely penalty, and this is a quite astonishing turnaround in fortunes!
Penalty for Everton!
42 min: A long pass down the Everton left. Sigurdsson takes possession and slips infield for the charging Calvert-Lewin. Hojbjerg clips his heels, the striker goes over, and the referee points to the spot!
41 min: Doherty goes in hard on Digne. He makes proper contact, though managed to withdraw his studs just in time, so it’s nothing more than a foul.
40 min: The tie has been turned on its head in two minutes and 35 seconds. Everton had been second-best, but now look. You don’t need me to describe the look on Jose Mourinho’s face, I’d just be insulting your intelligence.
GOAL! Everton 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur (Richarlison 38)
Spurs fail to deal with a simple long ball. Calvert-Lewin flicks it to Richarlison, 25 yards out, down the inside-right channel. Richarlison takes a touch to the right, then creams a glorious low drive into the bottom left, Lloris with no chance. What a turnaround!
GOAL! Everton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur (Calvert-Lewin 36)
Hojbjerg gives the ball away, trying to one-two upfield on the left. Sigurdsson flicks Calvert-Lewin into space down the channel. Standing to the right of the D, he pearls towards the top right. Lloris should stop it, but can’t deal with the power, and the ball nestles in the net. Against the run of play, Everton are level!
35 min: Iwobi wins a corner down the right. Sigurdsson swings it in. Mina rises highest on the edge of the six-yard box. It’s a fine chance, but he heads weakly wide right. No matter, though, because …
34 min: Everton make a meal of clearing the second one, but Doucoure’s dogged persistence allows them to break through the Spurs press and clear.
31 min: Moura dribbles down the inside right, Everton panicking as they backpedal. He lays off to Son, whose shot is blocked. The ball breaks left to Bergwijn, who creams a low first-time drive straight at Olsen. Spurs look by far the more likely here.
29 min: Richarlison is bowled over out on the left. Everton load the box. Digne floats the free kick into the mixer … but everyone in blue is far too excited and they’re all caught offside.
28 min: Olsen is forced into action again as Lamela strides towards the Everton box and curls powerfully towards the bottom left. Olsen gets down well to gather. Everton afforded Lamela far too much time and space there. The hosts living a little dangerously.
27 min: Doherty makes good ground down the right again. He picks Son out in the middle with a low cutback. Son hits a rising shot towards the top right. Olsen makes his second big save of the evening to turn over the bar. Nothing comes of the corner.
25 min: Moura intercepts another loose Everton pass. He should send Son scampering into acres down the inside-left, with the hosts extremely light at the back, but overcooks the pass.
24 min: Doherty heads down the other end now, combining with Lamela and nearly zipping into space down the right. Not quite. Both teams are going for this, back and forth.
22 min: Everton ping it around, with speed and verve this time. Suddenly Keane tries to break past Doherty down the left, but the Spurs right-back wins the tussle and ushers the ball out for a goal kick.
20 min: Nothing comes of the resulting corner. But with Everton having finally woken up, this is a good game!
19 min: An innocuous-looking ball sent into the Spurs box somehow evades two defenders in the slapstick style, and suddenly Calvert-Lewin has the ball at his feet, ten yards out, level with the right-hand post. He sends a snapshot towards the bottom right. It’s heading in, but Lloris tips onto the base of the post.
18 min: Richarlison’s appalling pass infield from the left is snaffled by Hojbjerg, who drives down the middle. He reaches the edge of the Everton box and lays off to Son on his right. Son dinks across for Moura, but Godfrey reads the danger to poke away. Danger averted.
17 min: So having said that, Everton pick up the pace. Of course they do. You’re welcome. Richarlison has a shot blocked, then Godfrey sends a vicious long-range daisycutter towards the bottom right. A fantastic effort that’s well parried by Lloris. Much better.
15 min: Everton pass the ball around slowly, then ship possession, Spurs showcasing a much higher tempo. Shades of Everton’s recent home defeat at the hands of a much hungrier Newcastle.
13 min: Keane’s loose pass allows Spurs to come at the hosts again. Son tries to curl into the bottom left from the edge of the box, but it’s an easy gather for Olsen.
12 min: Richarlison threads a cute ball down the middle that nearly finds Doucoure on the edge of the Spurs box, but Alderweireld is across quickly to intercept and clear. Everton have finally pieced something together in attack, at least.
11 min: Ndombele is still holding his lower back, and hobbling around in a very ginger style. But he’s trying to run it off, and here he flicks a pass down the inside-left channel in the hope of releasing Bergwijn. It’s not accurate, but that was another fluid Spurs attack, Son this time gaining plenty of yards at speed. Everton need to snap out of this and quick.
9 min: Davies crashes into the back of Ndombele, shoulder first. It’s clumsy and a wee bit aggressive, but the referee limits the punishment to a free kick. It takes Ndombele some time to get up. He really felt that.
7 min: Everton, rather understandably, look a little rattled. They try to gather themselves by stroking a few passes around, but can’t get very far past the halfway line.
5 min: That might be the earliest time in a match anyone’s been able to say “It had been coming” in the entire history of All Football. Spurs flew out of the blocks. They should really be two up.
GOAL! Everton 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur (Sanchez 3)
Son takes. Sanchez rises above Sigurdsson and flicks a dainty header across Olsen and into the bottom right! Simple as that! Everton haven’t started at all.
2 min: This is a fine start by Spurs, Bergwijn winning the first corner of the game down the left. And from that …
50 seconds: Spurs are kicking towards Gwladys Street in this first half. And they should have the ball in the net after their first attack. Moura dribbles down the inside-left channel and lays off to Bergwijn to his left. Bergwijn clips a cross for Lamela, who draws a sensational save from Olsen, his header clawed out, heading in bottom left. Moura should put the rebound away, but leans back and fires over.
Spurs get the ball rolling … but only after a moment to remember Dai Davies, who kept goal for Everton in the 1970s, and sadly passed today. Also the knee. There’s no room for racism. Kick it out.
Here come the teams! Everton in royal blue, Spurs in lily white. Z-Cars fills the cold night air with early-60s jangle. We’ll be off in a couple of minutes!
Jose Mourinho has also been talking to BT Sport. “It’s a difficult match. The cup. The potential of Everton. But we don’t come here with any other intention than to try to go through to the quarter finals. Harry Kane is the kind of player you want to play every minute of every match. He’s an experienced guy and knows his body better than anyone. He wanted to be involved because we have to try everything to get to the quarter finals. But he’s not well enough to start a second game in a couple of days.” As for his friendship with opposite number Carlo Ancelotti? “I can anticipate the words we will have at the end of the match. I think the loser will tell the winner: now that you kill me, go and win it. For sure these are going to be the words!”
A word with Everton assistant Duncan Ferguson. “It’s the most important match of the season for us. We really want to go as far as we can in the tournament. Hopefully it’s an avenue into Europe, and we’ll be trying our very best tonight. We’ve got a strong team. We’ll take this very seriously and hopefully we can push on and get the victory tonight.” He also reports that Andre Gomes has a knock, and that’s the reason he’s surprisingly not involved this evening.
Three changes to the Everton XI named at Old Trafford on Saturday. Yerry Mina, Alex Iwobi and Gylfi Sigurdsson step up. Mason Holgate drops to the bench, while James Rodriguez (calf) and Andre Gomes miss out altogether. Still no Jordan Pickford.
Tottenham make two changes to the team selected for the West Bromwich Albion game on Sunday. Matt Doherty and Steven Bergwijn replace Serge Aurier (calf) and Harry Kane, the latter taking a place on the bench alongside Dele Alli, who is back after a tendon problem.
Everton: Olsen, Keane, Godfrey, Digne, Mina, Doucoure, Iwobi, Davies, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.
Subs: Virginia, Tyrer, Holgate, Nkounkou, Bernard, Coleman, Onyango.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Doherty, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Hojbjerg, Ndombele, Lamela, Bergwijn, Lucas, Son.
Subs: Hart, Dier, Rodon, Tanganga, Winks, Sissoko, Dele, Kane, Vinicius.
Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire).
Everton have won the last three FA Cup meetings between these grand old clubs. In 1983, when Andy King and Graeme Sharp knocked the holders out at Goodison. In 1986, when Gary Lineker’s diving header saw off his future employers at White Hart Lane. Then, most recently, the 1995 semi.
Tottenham Hotspur went into that tie as strong favourites. Everton were in their Dogs of War phase and struggling near the foot of the Premiership; Spurs had Jurgen Klinsmann, Teddy Sheringham, Nick Barmby, Darren Anderton and Gica Popescu in their team. But Everton went at Tottenham’s defence from the get-go, and Matt Jackson, Graham Stuart and Daniel Amokachi (twice) ran up the score in a spectacular 4-1 rout.
Spurs owe Everton one, then. Can they knock the Toffees out of the cup for the first time since 1972, when Alan Gilzean, Martin Peters and Martin Chivers ran rings around them in a 2-0 win at Goodison? Or will Everton make it four on the bounce? Both teams are desperate to slake their FA Cup thirst: Everton haven’t won the competition since Paul Rideout did for Manchester United in 1995, while Spurs have been waiting ever since beating Nottingham Forest in 1991, Gazza, Cloughie, Des Walker, all that. Let’s see who makes it through to the last eight, one step nearer the holy grail. We could have extra time. We could have penalties. It should be good fun. It’s on!
Kick off: 8.15pm GMT.