Bale inspires Spurs to win over Burnley

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Gareth Bale has now scored three times in the Premier League this season and got eight goals in all competitions for Tottenham in 2020-21

Gareth Bale scored twice and made another as Tottenham cruised to an easy Premier League win over Burnley that boosted their hopes of European qualification.

Spurs had lost five of their previous six league matches but went ahead inside two minutes when Bale converted Son Heung-min’s low cross.

Bale’s superb long pass released Harry Kane to net Tottenham’s second, before Lucas Moura added a third from Sergio Reguilon’s delivery.

Son was the architect for the fourth as he ran at the Burnley defence before finding Bale, and the Wales forward curled a fine finish into the far corner to seal the emphatic win.

The victory takes Jose Mourinho’s side up to eighth. They are six points behind fourth-placed West Ham, who occupy the final Champions League qualification spot, but have a game in hand on the Hammers.

Brilliant Bale inspires Tottenham

After winning the Champions League four times with Real Madrid, much was expected from Bale on his return to Tottenham, where he had twice won the Professional Footballers’ Association Players’ Player of the Year Award before moving to La Liga.

However, after a couple of disrupted campaigns, Bale was carrying an injury when he rejoined Spurs in September on a season-long loan deal from Real and has struggled to build up a regular run of matches.

But his recent form has shown glimpses of what Tottenham fans would have hoped to see and, following goals in both legs of the 8-1 aggregate win over Austrian side Wolfsberger in the Europa League last 32, he was given only his third Premier League start of the season on Sunday.

Before the match, Mourinho said Bale “was happier than ever” and it took the 31-year-old only 70 seconds to score when he had got in between the Burnley central defenders and steered Son’s low cross past Nick Pope in the first chance of the game.

Kane shot just wide and Moura was denied by Pope, before the England keeper was beaten again after 15 minutes.

A brilliant long ball from Bale, 30 yards from his own goal, released Kane and the forward scored his 14th Premier League goal of the campaign, although his strike took a deflection off James Tarkowski to take it over Pope.

Tottenham won this fixture 5-0 last season and it then became a question of how many they would score.

The third came when Reguilon’s cross was inadvertently flicked on by Tarkowski and Moura took a touch to set himself before firing into the net.

Bale, in arguably his best performance of the season, scored again with an excellent curling finish following a storming run forward from Son, before the Welshman was substituted after 69 minutes.

Gareth Bale
Bale spent six years at Tottenham before moving to Real Madrid in September 2013 for a then-world record fee of £85.3m

Only excellent goalkeeping from Pope denied the hosts a bigger win as he made fine saves from Kane and Son on a tough day for Burnley.

Tottenham have finished in the top six in the past 11 seasons. They started this match in 10th, although the win took them back above north London rivals Arsenal and also ahead of Aston Villa into eighth.

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Tottenham Hotspur

  1. Squad number2Player nameDoherty
  2. Squad number11Player nameLamela
  3. Squad number20Player nameAlli

Burnley

  1. Squad number1Player namePope

  2. Squad number2Player nameLowton

  3. Squad number5Player nameTarkowski

  4. Squad number6Player nameMee

  5. Squad number3Player nameTaylor

  6. Squad number8Player nameBrownhill

  7. Squad number18Player nameWestwood

  8. Squad number4Player nameCork

  9. Squad number11Player nameMcNeil

  10. Squad number27Player nameVydra

  11. Squad number19Player nameRodriguez

  1. Squad number9Player nameWood

  2. Squad number16Player nameStephens

  3. Squad number38Player nameRichardson

Line-ups

Tottenham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 24AurierSubstituted forDohertyat 81′minutes
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 3Reguilón
  • 28Ndombele
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 9BaleSubstituted forLamelaat 70′minutes
  • 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forAlliat 66′minutes
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 2Doherty
  • 8Winks
  • 11Lamela
  • 12Hart
  • 15Dier
  • 17Sissoko
  • 20Alli
  • 33Davies
  • 45Alves Morais

Burnley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Pope
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6Mee
  • 3Taylor
  • 8Brownhill
  • 18Westwood
  • 4CorkSubstituted forStephensat 81′minutes
  • 11McNeil
  • 27VydraSubstituted forWoodat 73′minutes
  • 19RodriguezSubstituted forRichardsonat 88′minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Wood
  • 15Peacock-Farrell
  • 16Stephens
  • 26Bardsley
  • 28Long
  • 34Dunne
  • 38Richardson
  • 41Benson
  • 45Driscoll-Glennon

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