Bale and Dele shine as Spurs take control of Europa League tie


ottenham have all but secured their spot in the Europa League last-16 stage with a thumping 4-1 win in the first leg of their last-32 tie with Wolfsberger.

Gareth Bale scored one and assisted another in a standout performance, with Dele Alli also influential.

The Welshman, whose starts have mainly been limited to the Europa League since returning to Spurs on loan from Real Madrid in October, set up Son Heung-min for his side’s opener.

Bale struck a classy second goal in the 28th minute before Lucas Moura made it 3-0 with a solo effort before halftime.

Wolfsberg, the home side despite having to play in the Puskas Arena in Budapest because of Austrian COVID-19 travel restrictions, made a match of it after the break with Michael Liendl pulling a goal back from the penalty spot.

Chris Wernitznig almost scored again for the hosts when his shot struck the underside of the crossbar and stayed out before Tottenham substitute Carlos Vinicius, who had replaced Son at halftime, touched home his side’s fourth late on.

Additional reporting by Reuters.

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