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Gareth Bale scored a goal and an assist as he marked his return to the starting lineup by playing a key role in Tottenham’s 4-1 win over Wolfsberger.
Spurs They are looking to go far in the Europa League this season and the Austrian Wolfsberger is the first hurdle they have to overcome in the round of 16.
José Mourinho’s team started to do light work with their opposition in the first half, accumulating a three-goal lead before the break.
Wolfsberger had his moments in the second half, but the Spurs still finished the game with a healthy lead.
The match gave Dele Alli a rare opportunity to start for Tottenham, while Bale also appeared from the first minute.
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Bale played a role in the opening goal, which came in the 13th minute. Lucas Moura extended the play for Matt Doherty, whose cross was deflected by Bale in the way of Son Heung-min.
Son provided the finishing touch to give the Spurs a crucial opening goal. It also brought up Bale’s first assist for Tottenham since his return to the club.
After scoring the first goal, things got even better for Bale when he scored the next himself.
Receiving the ball on the right side of the area, he slashed to send his marker flying, before shooting with his left foot to double the lead in the 28th minute.
However, Wolfsberger still had plenty of time to catch the Spurs. Hugo Lloris was forced to make a great save when, shortly after, he hit a header from Dario Vizinger to the crossbar.
But at the other extreme, Tottenham reaffirmed their dominance by scoring a third goal in the 35th minute.
Moura stepped between four defenders before sending the goalkeeper down the wrong path when he finished off with his right foot.
Run, Lucas Moura, run! 💨🍃
Sensational solo work from the Tottenham star 👏
What career! pic.twitter.com/l8JHQIKQDH
– Football at BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 18, 2021
Wolfsberger offers tougher tests after breaks
Wolfsberger made a name for himself when he won a penalty in the 55th minute. Moussa Sissoko put Christopher Wernitznig in the box.
Michael Liendl took a slow run but Lloris threw himself the wrong way, so he couldn’t stop the ball from going in.
Wolfsberger was millimeters away from trailing off another goal when Liendl hit the crossbar with another effort. The ball fell over the goal line, but did not cross it.
Tottenham regained their cushion of three goals in the 88th minute, when three substitutes combined. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg crossed the ball before Erik Lamela’s header was deflected towards goal by Carlos Vinicius to complete the 4-1 victory.
It means Mourinho’s men will pass unless Wolfsberger can score four when they meet next week.