A clash between Heung-min Son and Hugo Lloris in the first half overshadowed Tottenham’s crucial 1-0 win over Everton on Monday night.
The Spurs duo had to be separated by team-mates after the half-time whistle following a furious bust-up that stemmed from a Richarlison chance moments before the interval.
Jose Mourinho was forced to cope without Dele Alli, who had been struggling with a hamstring problem, while Toby Alderweireld returned to the starting XI at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in place of the benched Davinson Sanchez.
Both sides’ form had been inconsistent of late and neither could afford to lose in the race for European qualification, and a cagey opening 20 minutes did nothing to suggest that this would be a goal-laden contest.
Son worked a one-two with Giovani Lo Celso and gave the ball to Harry Kane, who saw his effort fall to Lo Celso and the Argentine’s shot ricocheted off Michael Keane and into the Everton net.
However, the duo were pictured embracing after the break, suggesting the matter had been resolved as the teams headed back out for the second half.
They are now eighth in the table, with the battle for European qualification nearing an intriguing finale.