- Associated Press - Saturday, August 13, 2016

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) - His players may not be fully fit yet but Ronald Koeman’s first Premier League game in charge of Everton ended in an encouraging 1-1 draw on Saturday against Tottenham.

Everton went ahead in the fifth minute at Goodison Park when Ross Barkley’s free kick, which he may have meant as a cross, bounced straight in.

Koeman, who took over from Roberto Martinez in June, had said his players were only at 70 percent of the fitness he wanted, but he will be pleased by their organized performance for the rest of the first half.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham woke up in the second half and drew level in the 59th, courtesy of Erik Lamela’s header.

Tottenham, which challenged for the title last season, came close to victory and it took two superb late saves by Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg to deny substitute Vincent Janssen and Lamela.

Everton swiftly took the lead when Tottenham allowed Barkley’s delivery to bounce across the box and into the corner of the net.

Spurs, not Everton, looked sluggish with Harry Kane and Dele Alli struggling to make much of an impact.

A few days after selling John Stones to Manchester City, Everton showed a solidity in defense that was rare under Martinez as skipper Phil Jagielka and new signing Idrissa Gueye blunted Spurs’ efforts in attack.

Christian Eriksen did see one strike saved by Stekelenburg, while at the other end Hugo Lloris tipped Jagielka’s header from another Barkley free-kick over the bar before the Tottenham and France goalkeeper came off injured in the 35th minute.

Pochettino tried to shake things up just over 10 minutes into the second half, bringing on new striker Janssen for Eric Dier - and three minutes later Tottenham were level as Lamela converted Kyle Walker’s fine cross.

Stekelenburg palmed away a close-range shot from Janssen and tipped away Lamela’s effort that deflected off Mason Holgate.

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