(Tottenham – LASK 3-0) Gareth Bale (31) got 61 minutes in his first Tottenham match from the start since the spring of 2013, and delivered a good game when Tottenham won easily at home against LASK in the Europa League.
Bale had already marked themselves out on the right side with some good combinations along with right back Matt Doherty and a cheeky tunnel, when Vinicius was played free in the back room after 18 minutes. The striker sent the ball nicely into the box to Lucas Moura, who sent Tottenham safely into the lead from ten meters.
Nine minutes later it was Bale who got the ball inside the 16-meter. Bale put in against Vinicius, who was only to wide the ball in goal, but Andrés Andrade came sliding in before him and put the ball in his own net behind a played Alexander Schlager.
– The most important thing was that we got the three points. We know that these matches can be difficult, but we got the job done and took three points, says Bale in an interview published on Tottenham’s Twitter account.
After the 2-0 goal, Tottenham had full control of the match, and also put in the star trio Dele Alli, Heung-min Son and Moussa Sissoko for Bale, Erik Lamela and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg after 61 minutes.
Son and Alli played to several great chances in the remaining half hour, and with six minutes left, Son punctured the match when he put on to 3-0.
Thus, Tottenham secured a dream start to the group stage in the Europa League, where Ludogorets and Royal Antwerp are the other two teams. Royal Antwerp opened with a strong away win, 2-1, thanks in part to a goal-scoring pass from Norwegian Simen Juklerød on the 1-1 goal.
For the first time in 2713 days, Gareth Bale started a match for Tottenham, when the London team hosted Austrian LASK in the group stage of the Europa League.
The last time Bale started a match for Tottenham was on 19 May 2013, in what was the last round of the Premier League in the 2012/2013 season. The Welshman then won the match in the 1-0 victory over Sunderland, before he was sold to Real Madrid in the autumn of 2013.
Bale returned to Tottenham this autumn, on loan from the Spanish big club, and had a bad comeback when he came in at the end of this weekend’s match against West Ham. The Welshman came in with 17 minutes left, at the position 3-0 to Tottenham, but had to see that the city rival came back and equalized to 3-3 in overtime.
On Thursday, however, Tottenham had full control all the way in, and were able to collect a 3-0 victory.