Tottenham crush Everton 6-2 to close in on EPL toppers Manchester City

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London: English football giants Tottenham Hotspur cruised to a 6-2 victory away to Everton in an English Premier League (EPL) tie here.

Son Heung-Min scored a brace, Dele Alli hammered home and Christian Eriksen struck a beautiful goal shortly after half-time, before Harry Kane completed a fourth double against the Toffees, reports Xinhua news agency.

Theo Walcott had given the hosts an early lead in the 21st minute when Dominic Calvert-Lewin withstood Kieran Trippier’s advances and laid the ball across for Walcott to side-foot it into the net.

Six minutes later, Kane played the ball forward and Everton defender Kurt Zouma and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford had a mix-up just outside their own box and Son burst away from them before producing a pinpoint curling finish into the empty net.

Tottenham went ahead in the 36th minute when Alli slotted home from 10 yards after Son’s shot was parried by Pickford. Kane scored his first goal four minutes later after Trippier’s free-kick beat the wall but came back off the base of the post.

Eriksen made it 4-1 three minutes into the second half, fizzing a delightful shot into the bottom corner after Seamus Coleman stooped to head Kane’s cross into his path.

Gylfi Sigurdsson fired past Hugo Lloris for a consolation goal against his former club before Son and Kane both scored their second goals. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, who has been reportedly linked with Manchester United, was thrilled with the victory.

“It was an amazing performance. We feel very proud about the performance and the players and the effort after Wednesday (2-0 League Cup win at Arsenal). We’re flying on the pitch. It’s amazing… that performance, the result and the three points to be in a very good position in the table,” Pochettino said.

Tottenham are now third with 42 points, six points behind leaders Liverpool and two behind Manchester City.