Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Burnley 1.
Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Burnley
Danny Rose scored the winner as Tottenham came from behind to beat Burnley in controversial circumstances in the Premier League.
Substitute Moussa Sissoko was given only a yellow card for a high, late tackle on Stephen Ward, before putting Rose through on goal in the next move, as the full-back smashed home at the near post.
"It was a blind challenge, a high challenge and simply a red card," said Burnley boss Sean Dyche.
Spurs were punished for a sloppy start as they failed to clear the ball, allowing Ashley Barnes to poke in the opener.
Prior to the goal, Dele Alli had struck the post from close range, before the midfielder restored parity by converting Kyle Walker's low cross.
Sissoko's contentious cameo
- 62 minutes: Replaces Mousa Dembele.
- 69 minutes: Catches Ward on the knee with a right-footed, studs-high challenge.
- 70 minutes: Breaks clear to the edge of the box before feeding Rose for the winner.
Burnley will rightly feel aggrieved as they were hanging on for an away point, with Spurs struggling to break their defence down in the second half until Sissoko's intervention.
Dyche added: "I don't want go on about the referee but Sissoko has to go off and he sets up the second goal - obviously I am very disappointed about that."
As referee Kevin Friend saw the incident and took action, no retrospective disciplinary case can be brought against the Frenchman by the Football Association.
Full-backs show the way forward
Despite falling behind, Mauricio Pochettino's side dominated a match in which they had 30 shots at goal, forcing Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton into seven saves.
The England international stopped well from Harry Kane and Victor Wanyama, and dived full stretch to his left to keep out Christian Eriksen's drive.
Tottenham continued to pressurise their opponents down the flanks, and it was the home side's two full-backs who proved to be the difference.
Walker got forward to provide the assist for Alli's equaliser, while Rose - who put in more crosses than any other player on the pitch - found himself in the opposition area for the second goal.
Rose told BBC Sport: "The gaffer does not like us both being high up the pitch at the same time but we changed that today. The manager got his tactics spot on."
Victory leaves Spurs in fifth place in the table, but only one point behind rivals Arsenal, who lost 2-1 at Manchester City.
The Clarets got off to a good start and scored their first away goal of the season from open play courtesy of Barnes' opportunistic strike after haphazard Tottenham defending.
But the loss means they have picked up just one point from eight games on their travels this term.
More worryingly for Dyche's side will be their inability to create chances, with striker Andre Gray's effort straight at Hugo Lloris their only other shot on target.
The Lancashire side are just three points above the relegation zone and have important home games coming up against Middlesbrough and Sunderland.
Man of the match - Kyle Walker (Tottenham)
England full-back Walker's tireless running saw him make 76 sprints at a top speed of 33.33 km/h - better than any other team-mate. His 87 touches on the ball and five key passes was more than any other player on the pitch, while also contributing three tackles.
'A cruel defeat'
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "In the Premier League it is very hard to win games. Today we knew Burnley are a team that fights a lot, run a lot and every ball they are ready to challenge.
"The team played in a very good way and we fully deserved the victory. I am pleased for that. It was a very difficult game."
Burnley boss Sean Dyche: "It is very cruel. We were very good today. A lot has been made of our away form but first half we were excellent and in the second we were at least decent against a top side."
Walker glad to be of assistance
- Spurs have won 12 home games in the Premier League this calendar year; the most of any team in the competition.
- Burnley remain winless in London over their last 14 Premier League games, drawing two and losing 12.
- Dele Alli has scored as many Premier League goals at White Hart Lane this season as he did in the whole of 2015-16 (2).
- For the third time in 2016, Spurs fired in 30 or more shots (including blocks) in a Premier League game. Liverpool are the only other team to have done so on more than one occasion this year.
- The Clarets are one of only two teams with Leicester yet to win a game away from home in the Premier League in 2016-17.
- Kyle Walker has supplied more assists than any other defender in the Premier League this term (4).
- Moussa Sissoko has provided two assists as a substitute in the Premier League this season; a joint-high alongside Santi Cazorla and Demarai Gray.
Tottenham travel to face Southampton on 28 December (kick-off 19:45 GMT), while Burnley host Middlesbrough on Boxing Day (15:00 GMT).
- 3RoseSubstituted forDaviesat 77'minutes
- 19DembéléSubstituted forSissokoat 63'minutesBooked at 70mins
- 20AlliSubstituted forSon Heung-Minat 73'minutes
- 7Son Heung-Min
- 2LowtonBooked at 90mins
- 21BoydSubstituted forKightlyat 83'minutes
- 8MarneySubstituted forDefourat 84'minutes
- 10BarnesBooked at 28minsSubstituted forVokesat 80'minutes
- Kevin Friend
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Burnley 1.
Matthew Lowton (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Matthew Lowton (Burnley).
Offside, Burnley. Michael Kightly tries a through ball, but Andre Gray is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.
Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Matthew Lowton.
Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Matthew Lowton.
Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Tom Heaton.
Attempt saved. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Davies.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Eric Dier.
Substitution, Burnley. Steven Defour replaces Dean Marney.
Substitution, Burnley. Michael Kightly replaces George Boyd.
Attempt missed. Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Harry Kane.
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Burnley).
Substitution, Burnley. Sam Vokes replaces Ashley Barnes.
Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Kyle Walker with a cross.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Ben Davies replaces Danny Rose because of an injury.
Delay in match Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko following a fast break.
Foul by Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur).
Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt missed. Scott Arfield (Burnley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Son Heung-Min replaces Dele Alli.
Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).
Matthew Lowton (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 2, Burnley 1. Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.
Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur).
Stephen Ward (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt saved. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).
Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).
Jeff Hendrick (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Danny Rose.