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Lucky bounce: Tottenham’s Giovani Lo Celso’s (right) shot deflects in off Michael Keane

Lucky bounce: Tottenham’s Giovani Lo Celso’s (right) shot deflects in off Michael Keane

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Lucky bounce: Tottenham’s Giovani Lo Celso’s (right) shot deflects in off Michael Keane

Tottenham reignited their European ambitions with a 1-0 win over Everton which saw team-mates Hugo Lloris and Son Heung-min clash at half-time.

Michael Keane's first-half own goal gave Spurs a much-needed three points that sees them up to eighth in the Premier League and back in the Europa League race.

But tensions were high as Lloris and Son were involved in a heated exchange which involved pushing and shoving, and they had to be separated by team-mates.

Jose Mourinho, who celebrates a 200th Premier League win as manager, may well view the clash, where Lloris was angry at Son's perceived lack of effort, as a positive and the pair were later seen hugging at the start of the second half and again at full-time.

It was far from an entertaining display from Mourinho's men, but with their Champions League hopes seemingly over they are at least in with a shout of a place in Europe's second-tier competition next season.

That is something that now might be beyond the Toffees after this defeat, which leaves them four points behind their hosts and Carlo Ancelotti's men never did enough to take anything out of the game, which was low on attacking quality throughout.

It was a forgettable opening 20 minutes, with Spurs dominating possession but pedestrian in their approach.

They did not look like scoring through conventional methods so it was no surprise that a huge chunk of luck was involved in them taking a 24th-minute lead.

Harry Kane's blocked shot found its way to Giovani Lo Celso, whose shot-on-the-turn was heading well wide until Keane's deflection took it past Jordan Pickford.

Aside from Richarlison firing wide following the incident that led to Lloris' confrontation with Son, Everton did very little to threaten the hosts' lead, with the Spurs keeper making comfortable stops from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Moise Kean.

Tottenham: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies, Sissoko, Winks, Lo Celso (Vertonghen, 90 mins), Lucas Moura (Lamela, 82 mins), Kane, Son (Bergwijn, 78 mins). Unused subs: Sanchez, Gazzaniga, Ndombele, Skipp, Fernandes, Cirkin.

Everton: Pickford, Coleman (Sidibe, 77 mins), Keane, Holgate (Mina, 36 mins), Digne, Davies (Kean, 77 mins), Sigurdsson (Bernard, 67 mins), Andre Gomes, Iwobi (Gordon, 46 mins), Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin. Unused subs: Baines, Stekelenburg, Branthwaite, Baningime.

Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)

Man of the match: Giovani Lo Celso

Match rating: 5/10

 

Belfast Telegraph