Ebene News – GB – Wolfsberger AC 1-4 Tottenham: Bale stars for Spurs

Gareth Bale reminded Tottenham what they can offer by scoring a goal and assist in a 4-1 Europa League win over Wolfsberger AC

The Welsh international has been a shadow of himself since coming back from loan at Real Madrid and appeared to have fallen out with boss Jose Mourinho last week after making himself unavailable for the game at Everton

But he was restored to the side for the first leg of the last 32 games in Budapest and had his best performance since returning to the club, as he prepared for Son Heung-min’s opener, then doubled the lead with an objective fine

Lucas Moura put Spurs further ahead before the break and Carlos Vinicius added a late fourth as he stepped into the last 16, despite the mysterious absence of top scorer Harry Kane who did not visited the Hungarian capital

Mourinho’s side offered the Austrians, the lowest-ranked club in the competition, some hope as Michael Liendl scored a penalty in the second half, but they should meet little resistance to finish the work during the return match next Wednesday

Spurs had struggled with their trips away during the group stage and Mourinho was not taking any chances by appointing a strong team, even if Kane hadn’t made the trip

They issued an early warning in the first five minutes as they hit the Austrians – forced to make a six-hour coach trip to Budapest – at the break and could have led

Son won possession and rushed for the goal, but with Dele Alli and Bale both free he chose to shoot, with his curling effort right next to it

A good shot saw Matt Doherty play for Bale and the Welsh international picked Son, who returned to the far corner for his 18th of the season

It was a great opportunity for Alli, who got his first start since clear talks with Mourinho, and he seized it with an impressive performance in the number 10 position

Sublime skill almost saw him step onto the scoresheet as he crushed a defender and got a shot, but goalkeeper Alexander Kofler managed a block with Eric Dier leading the resulting corner

Spurs looked for a threat every time they showed up and doubled their lead just before the half hour mark as Bale announced himself with the best play since returning to the club

Doherty played in the Welshman again and he stepped back inside on his left foot, leaving Jonathan Scherzer for dead before hitting a shot in the far corner

Hugo Lloris had been criticized for costly mistakes in recent matches but reminded everyone of his ability to stop the shot to keep his team’s 2-0 lead intact

The France captain made an acrobatic stop with one hand to tip Dario Vizinger’s head over the crossbar

The Brazilian picked up the ball on the left and danced in front of three players in the penalty area before shooting low in the bottom corner

Bale looked sharper than at any other time so far this season and could have scored a second soon after the restart, but his low shot after a jinking run was dismissed by Kofler

Spurs then allowed Wolfsberger to get back into the tie as Moussa Sissoko unnecessarily slammed Christopher Wernitznig and Liendl converted from the spot

They were unable to recreate their fluid verve from the first half and the woodwork returned to their aid soon after as it was cut and Wernitznig’s shot hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced back clearly

Mourinho’s men killed the game in the 88th minute as Vinicius, a half-time substitute for Son, came in at close range after Erik Lamela glanced at Pierre’s cross -Emile Hojbjerg

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Ebene News – GB – Wolfsberger AC 1-4 Tottenham: Bale stars for Spurs

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