Son clashes with Hugo Lloris as Spurs beat Everton

As Son walked towards the tunnel at half-time, France goalkeeper Lloris confronted the South Korea forward, shouting at him and shoving his shoulder

By Author  |  Published: 7th Jul 2020  5:34 pm
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: Tottenham's Son Heung-min shots during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton FC. -Photo: PTI

London: Hugo Lloris insisted he had made peace with Son Heung-min after the Tottenham stars were involved in a furious row during their side’s 1-0 win against Everton on Monday.

As Son walked towards the tunnel at half-time, France goalkeeper Lloris confronted the South Korea forward, shouting at him and shoving his shoulder. The usually placid Son responded angrily and the pair had to be kept apart by teammates Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko as the altercation threatened to boil over.

Lloris was irked by Son’s failure to close down a loose ball in midfield moments before Everton threatened through Richarlison. “I think to concede a chance a few seconds before half-time because we didn’t make a press annoyed me. But yeah, that’s football,” Lloris said.

Neither of the feuding players was hauled off at the break as Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho tried to keep the peace. Son and Lloris looked to have buried the hatchet when they hugged at the final whistle in north London after Tottenham secured their second win since the coronavirus hiatus.

“It just belongs to the changing room. Outside you can say whatever you want. What happened is just part of football sometimes,” Lloris said. Just a year after reaching the Champions League final under previous boss Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham have been reduced to fighting for a place in the Europa League.

This win ensured they could still avoid being out of European competition entirely for the first time since the 2009-10 season. Everton haven’t beat Tottenham since 2012 and a first defeat in four games could end their European hopes for this term.