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I just tried to score for him – Tosun dedicates first goal of season to Gomes

The Turkey international struck deep into stoppage time to salvage a 1-1 draw for Everton against Tottenham.

Cenk Tosun dedicated his equaliser against Tottenham to stricken team-mate Andre Gomes (Nick Potts/PA)
Cenk Tosun dedicated his equaliser against Tottenham to stricken team-mate Andre Gomes (Nick Potts/PA)

By Carl Markham, PA

Everton striker Cenk Tosun admits he did not enjoy his first Premier League goal of the season because of the horrific injury suffered by team-mate Andre Gomes.

The Turkey international was one of the players comforting Gomes as he lay in agony on the Goodison Park pitch having sustained a dislocated fracture of his right ankle.

Most players were visibly distressed by the injury but had to compose themselves to finish the game and, in the eighth minute of 12 added on for Gomes’ treatment, Tosun equalised to make it 1-1 – a goal the former Besiktas forward dedicated to his stricken team-mate.

I was waiting such a long time for this goal and I could not even enjoy it. This goal is for him, for sure. Cenk Tosun

“When he went off, I just tried to score for him,” said Tosun, whose last Toffees goal coincidentally came against Spurs on the final day of last season.

“I was waiting such a long time for this goal and I could not even enjoy it. This goal is for him, for sure.

“We are good friends. We sit at the same table together at Finch Farm and he always helps me when we are on the pitch together too.

“It will be a tough time for Andre but sometimes in football, these injuries happen.

“I just hope and pray he comes back stronger in six months after his surgery. We will give him the motivation he needs.

“Everyone is just so sad. We could not even celebrate our point. It was a fair point and we deserved it.”

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