Tottenham finish fourth after draw against Everton

Tottenham finish fourth after draw against Everton


Tottenham Hotspur toasted their extraordinary feat of reaching the Champions League final for the first time by booking their place in next season's competition, clinching fourth place in the Premier League with a 2-2 draw at home to Everton.

Spurs were practically guaranteed a top-four spot as they led Arsenal by three points and an eight-superior goal difference, and a draw was enough to ensure they finished ahead of their North London rivals for the third year in a row.

Chelsea took third place following their goalless draw at Leicester City, which took them on to 72 points compared to Tottenham's 71.

Eric Dier smashed home from close range after a corner to put Spurs ahead in the third minute in a celebratory atmosphere following the against-the-odds win over Ajax that sent them into the Champions League final against Liverpool on June 1.

But former Arsenal forward Theo Walcott equalised in the 69th minute with a classy curling finish into the bottom corner.

Everton's traveling fans had been more preoccupied with events in the title race, hoping bitter rivals Liverpool would not win the league, and a cheer rang out from their end each time news filtered through of a Manchester City goal against Brighton.

Everton went ahead three minutes later when Turkish forward Cenk Tosun bundled the ball over the line after a scramble.

Their lead did not last long, though, as Spurs' Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen netted with a curling free kick in the 75th.

Tottenham have qualified for the Champions League for a fourth consecutive season under Mauricio Pochettino, who has made playing in Europe's top competition something routine for the club since he took over.

"Unbelievable, I want to congratulate my players, they are superheroes," Pochettino told reporters.

"When we started the season no one believed, the objective was never to finish in the top four and it never was to play the final -- but the ambition we showed during the whole season brought the club to a final and the top four.

"People need to realise what this group of payers is achieving. We have three weeks to prepare for the final, it's going to be the most important game of our history and we need to be ready."

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