Tottenham produced an outstanding performance to brush aside Everton and move two points behind second-placed Manchester City in the Premier League.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side had to come from behind at Goodison Park after Theo Walcott swept home Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s low cross from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s defence-splitting pass.
Everton’s lead was short-lived as Son Heung-min produced a sublime equaliser from a tight angle following a mix-up between Kurt Zouma and Jordan Pickford.
Dele Alli put Spurs ahead for the first time after reacting first to Pickford’s save from Son, then Harry Kane made it 3-1 when Kieran Trippier’s curling free-kick hit a post and rebounded into the England captain’s path.
In an entertaining game, Christian Eriksen’s sublime first-time shot extended Tottenham’s lead before Sigurdsson scored a consolation against his former club.
Son added the fifth and produced the cross for Kane to make it six, yet victory came at a cost for the free-scoring visitors.
Alli was forced off after a challenge with England team-mate Pickford, which former Three Lions captain Alan Shearer described as “disgusting”.
Spurs are five points ahead of Chelsea and Arsenal, who are fourth and fifth respectively.
While Son’s goal from the tightest of angles to make it 1-1 was a superb piece of skill, Eriksen’s sensational finish from outside the box was breathtaking.
That made it 4-1, yet Spurs were still not done.
Son shot through the legs of Pickford to make it 5-2 after Sigurdsson had reduced the deficit before man-of-the-match Son played a deft low cross for Kane to slide in and steer into the corner.
This was Tottenham’s ninth Premier League away win of the season – and 14th of 2018.
While they are in this formidable form, they are very much in the title race.
It has been a year to remember for Pickford, who was a key figure during England’s run to the World Cup semi-finals in Russia.
However, this was a day to forget for Everton’s keeper.
Six minutes after the hosts took the lead, Son was allowed to equalise after Pickford came charging out of his area and ran into team-mate Zouma.
At 1-1, the former Sunderland stopper did well to keep out Son but will perhaps feel he should have done better with the follow-up from Alli.
Then came a moment of controversy as Pickford, with the whistle already gone, challenged Alli, who had continued playing.
Alli failed to appear at the start of the second half, with Shearer claiming Pickford should have been sent off before adding on Twitter: “Pickford lucky Dele didn’t react.”