Tottenham Hotspur won 1-0 at Fulham on Thursday, thanks to an own goal by Tosin Adarabioyo and the intervention of the Video Assistant Referee, in their hunt for a top-four finish in the Premier League (VAR).
Tottenham’s win has pulled them back into contention for a Champions League spot, with Jose Mourinho’s side on 42 points from 26 games, four points behind fourth-placed Everton, ahead of Sunday’s match against Crystal Palace.
Spurs took the lead in the 19th minute after Son Heung-cross min was met by Dele Alli and went over the line after a touch by Adarabioyo, just seconds after an unmarked Harry Kane struggled to head his team in front.
Fulham started the second half strongly and felt they had equalized through Josh Maja, but VAR controversially chalked off his effort after Davinson Sanchez kicked the ball onto Mario Lemina’s hand as Tottenham attempted to clear.
Late in the first half, Alli looked sharp in his first league start since the season began, combining well with Son, but the forward was unable to head in the England international’s cross from a close angle.
Antonee Robinson weaved his way into Tottenham’s penalty area in the dying seconds of the first half, finding Maja, who set up Lemina, but the Gabon midfielder’s shot soared over the crossbar.
Fulham remained in 18th place in the table, three points behind Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion in the relegation zone.