Jan Vertonghen fired in a cross from the left and striker Emmanuel Adebayor fired beyond Tim Howard in the Everton goal.
The visitors equalised on 15 minutes, Leighton Baines’ corner kick headed home at the far post by Toffee’s centre-back Phil Jagielka.
The visitors took the lead on 52 minutes. Belgium winger Kevin Mirallas picked up the ball on the wing turned two Spurs defenders inside out and then fired low past Hugo Lloris.
It looked like Everton were set to head home with maximum points until the 87th minute. Kyle Walker raced down the flank, found Adebayor whose shot hit the post, but Gylfi Sigurdsson scored from the rebound.
Tottenham slipped to fourth in the race for the top four, while it now looks unlikely that Everton have a realistic challenge for the Champions League spots.
Chelsea moved above Spurs with a 2-1 victory over Sunderland at Stamford Bridge. The visitors took the lead on the stroke of half time, as Cesar Azpilicueta put the ball past his own keeper. Chelsea got back into the game early in the second half.
Sunderland defender Matthew Kilgallon put the ball past Simon Mignolet, after the Belgium keeper had denied Oscar. The Blues then took the lead on 55 minutes, as David Luiz’s powerful effort deflected past Mignolet via Branislav Ivanovic.
The victory took Chelsea into third place and above Chelsea on goal difference. Meanwhile, new Sunderland boss Paulo Di Canio will be disappointed at defeat in his first game in charge.
Newcastle moved six points clear of the relegation zone with a 1-0 victory over Fulham at St James Park. The Magpies left it late as Papiss Cisse scored the winner three minutes into stoppage-time.
Other Premier League results:
Liverpool 0-0 West Ham
QPR 1-1 Wigan
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