Football: Sigurdsson helps Tottenham keep Everton at bay in 2-2 draw

LONDON (AFP) - Gylfi Sigurdsson snatched a late equaliser as Tottenham Hotspur denied Champions League qualification rivals Everton victory in a 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Spurs went into the game aiming to tighten their grip on third place and they took the lead after just 34 seconds when a stretching Emmanuel Adebayor toed Jan Vertonghen's cross past Tim Howard.

However, Phil Jagielka equalised in the 15th minute, rising to nod Leighton Baines' corner between the legs of Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Kevin Mirallas then put the visitors in front eight minutes into the second half with a goal to rival his strike in last weekend's 1-0 win at Stoke City.

The Belgian picked up the ball in the inside-right channel and weaved past three opposing players before planting a shot in the bottom-left corner.

David Moyes' side were within sight of a fourth straight league win, only for Sigurdsson to tap home an equaliser in the 87th minute after Adebayor's shot came back off the post.

The point left Everton four points behind Arsenal, who occupy the fourth and final Champions League qualifying place, with Spurs now two points above their north London rivals in third.