In the end though both sides only take one point each from the first game of the season. That now brings an end to today's live commentary of the Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park. I have been Brandon Sayer and until next game have a good evening.
Everton were excellent in the first half but suffered with tiredness in the second half. They took an early lead when a Barkley free kick went straight into the net. Koeman though will be happy with his side as they showed much more today than they did most of last season.
That was much more like a Pochettino side in the second half as Spurs should have scored more than the one they did. Lamela headed in the equaliser in the 59th minute but a tail of missed chances after that means that Spurs start the season with a draw.
90+3' - The referee blows his whistle to end the game. Everton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur.
90' - The referee has decided to add on three minutes at the end of the second half.
85' - Everton substitution: Gareth Barry is replaced by Tom Cleverley.
84' - Steklenburg makes another incredible save! Lamela was played in on goal in the left hand side of the box and he hit a shot which deflected and somehow the Dutch keeper got his hand to the ball and put it onto the bar.
83' - Spurs were awarded a free kick in a very dangerous area for a foul on Rose. Eriksen stood up to take it and it just went over the bar.
80' - What a save by Steklenburg! A corner kick from Spurs is cleared to the edge of the box and Walker put the ball back in the box first time and the ball dropped to Janssen six yards out and he shot towards goal and somehow Steklenburg managed to keep it out. A massive moment in the game that was.
76' - Everton substitution: Mirallas is replaced by Aaron Lennon.
72' - Funes Mori intercepts a pass in the middle of the park and runs forward with the ball and unleashes a fantastic strike which just went wide of Vorm's goal. What an effort from the defender.
68' - Everton substitution: Deulofeu is replaced by Kone.
59' - Goal for Spurs! Lamela heads in the equaliser for his team. A beautiful cross from Kyle Walker from the right found the Spurs man who made no mistake by powering his header past Steklenburg. That was just what Spurs needed at the start of the second half.
57' - Straight away Janssen is involved in a Spurs attack as the forward played a lovely cutback to edge of the area to were Alli was but the midfielder put his shot well wide of the goal.
56' - Tottenham substitution: Eric Dier is replaced by Vincent Janssen.
54' - Deulofeu has the first decent shot of the second half from outside the box but is was straight at vorm who made it look easy.
46' - The referee blows his whistle to get the second half underway. Game on!
Well that is exactly how Ronald Koeman was hoping the first half would go as Barkley's early goal gave his side the perfect start. It should have been much more but for good goalkeeping and poor finishing. Mauricio Pochettino's side have been really poor and they need to improve to get back into the game. Stay tuned as we bring you the second half in a few minutes time.
45+1' - The referee blows his whistle for half time. Everton 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur.
45+1' - What a chance for Deulofeu to make it two before half time! A terrible back pass from Danny Rose sees Deulofeu run through on goal one on one with Vorm but the goalkeeper came out on top and kept his shot out.
45' - The referee decides to add on one minute at the end of the first half.
35' - Tottenham substituton: Hugo lloris limps off the field and is replaced by Michel Vorm. It was a very strange moment as he looked okay up until that moment but he must be carrying some kind of injury to come off so early into the game.
27' - Finally Spurs have an effort on goal from Eriksen but it was an easy save for Stekelenburg.
20' - Another break from Everton sees Deulofeu get the ball and play a lovely pass to Mirallas who from the angle forced Lloris into yet another save.
17' - Everton almost doubled their lead once again after a lovely cross from Baines found Barkley but under pressure the midfielder put his header over the bar. Spurs need to wake up or Everton will run away with the game.
15' - What a save from Lloris! A wonderful free kick from Barkley found Jagielka who headed towards goal but Lloris manged to make a lovely flying save to keep it out.
9' - Spurs responded to going a goal down well and almost got back on level terms but for some excellent Everton defending. From this defending Everton went on the attack at the other end which saw Deulofeu take on a couple of players before hitting a shot but it was easily saved by Lloris.
5' - Goal for Everton! It's Ross Brakley who scores the first goal of the Koeman era. Victor Wanyama gave away a free kick on the left hand side and Barkley took it and it went straight in from the cross. Lloris thought someone was going to get a touch on it. What a start for Everton. The crowd go wild.
1' - The referee blows his whistle to begin the game. Game on!
Tottenham Hotspur substitutes: Vorm, Davies, Carter-Vickers, Winks, Mason, Onomah, Janssen
Tottenham Hotspur starting XI: Lloris (C); Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Wanyama; Lamela, Eriksen, Alli; Kane.
Everton substitutes: Robles, Kone, Lennon, Cleverley, Oviedo, Davies, Galloway
Everton starting XI: Stekelenburg; Holgate, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Baines; McCarthy, Barry, Gueye; Barkley, Mirallas; Deulofeu.
The team news is in from Goodison Park for this mouth watering clash!
Playing three games behind closed doors shortly after returning to training, Spurs have only played three pre-season matches in front of a crowd. They started in Australia with a 2-1 defeat to Juventus, and then another loss, a 1-0 to Atletico Madrid. However, Mauricio Pochettino's side returned to Europe with a bang, thrashing Inter Milan 6-1 in Oslo. That Inter Milan game was the first time that Pochettino had all of his Euro 2016 stars available, and it showed with a commanding performance.
It's been a tough pre-season for Everton, who have only won one of their five matches in the run up to this campaign, their first one, a 3-1 triumph away at MK Dons. They followed that one up with a 2-1 defeat away in Germany to Dynamo Dresden, before drawing 1-1 with Real Betis and 0-0 with Manchester United, the latter of those two games being Wayne Rooney's United testimonial. Their last pre-season game was at home to Espanyol last week, a 1-0 defeat.
Neither side has had an extremely busy summer so far on the transfer front, so we're not going to see all that many league debuts today. Maarten Stekelenburg could start in goal ahead of Joel for Everton, whilst Idrissa Gueye will be hoping to play in midfield. They announced the signing of Ashley Williams earlier this week, but Koeman confirmed that he won't be in the squad just yet. For Tottenham, Victor Wanyama is likely to start for his competitive debut, whilst Vincent Janssen is more likely to appear from the bench if he gets his first Premier League minutes.
Tottenham will be hoping for consolidation this season, after they burst back into the Champions League places under Mauricio Pochettino with a third placed finish last season. Qualifying for Europe's premier club competition again is the main aim, whilst another title challenge would certainly be welcomed, even if they're expected to fall a little short in the battle for the main prize.
For Everton, it's all about improvement this season, as they look to prove that replacing manager Roberto Martinez with Ronald Koeman was the right decision. The Toffees finished 11th last season, closer (points-wise) to the relegation zone than the European places, a shameful showing for the Merseyside club.
It's an exciting day for Premier League fans all over the country, as they had to watch on in envy last week when the lower league teams kicked off. Now it's time for the big boys to go, with a promising season ahead.
Good afternoon to one and all, and welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute commentary of today's Premier League game between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur! Yes, we're back, and back with a bang as we bring you detailed updates of what promises to be one of the best games of the opening weekend. I'm Brandon Sayer, and I'll be taking you through it all, with kick-off at Goodison Park set for 3PM!