12 clearances, 4 tackles: Everton star Mori superb in entertaining draw

Everton drew 1-1 in the Premier League at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.

Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori had a wonderful game as his side played out an entertaining 1-1 draw with Premier League opponents Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

It was an enthralling encounter played at a quick pace between two teams with all the capabilities of challenging for a top four spot - and the shared spoils was in the end a fair result.

Aaron Lennon put the hosts ahead with a fine strike before former MK Dons star Dele Alli leveled for the visitors in an opening 45 minutes largely dominated by the north London outfit.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men pressed for more goals yet they came up against a stubborn Everton defence with Mori in particular putting in a real shift for the Merseyside outfit.

  TacklesInterceptionsEffective ClearancesDef Duels WonHeadersBall RecoveriesAccurate PassesMinutes Played
Ramiro Funes Mori 4 5 12 7 2 7 26 90

As Opta stats show, the Everton defender proved to be a defensive rock for his side as he contributed greatly in a number of key areas over the course of the 90 minutes.

The former River Plate star had his hands full up against talented opposition but coped well with his strong positioning and bravery in the tackle a real highlight of his game.

Over the 90 minutes, he posted an impressive two headers, four tackles, five interceptions, seven defensive duels won, seven ball recoveries and 12 effective clearances.

Many South American players struggle in England, with former Manchester United superstar Angel di Maria being the latest case. Mori, however, has settled in well after moving to the Toffees from Argentina.

The 24-year-old full international boasts plenty of ability and looks like he will only get better with time.

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