West Ham Ruined Bale’s Return

LONDON: West Ham disrupted Gareth Bale’s return to Tottenham by getting up late in the game with three goals behind for a 3-3 draw while Aston Villa extended their perfect start with a 1-0 win at Leicester earlier this morning.

Tottenham took a 3-0 lead when Bale entered the 72nd minute for the first time since being loaned out a season from Real Madrid.

But he needs to forget that moment when Tottenham failed to maintain their advantage.

The Wales star is also one of Tottenham players to blame for missing out on the best chance to create a win before West Ham player Manuel Lanzini equalized late in the game.

Tottenham took the lead just after 45 seconds when Son Heung-min and Harry Kane combined to create goals for the seventh time this season.

Kane’s turn put his name on the list in the eighth minute as he overtook Declan Rice and kicked into the corner from inside the penalty box.

Tottenham’s good start continued with a third goal in the 16th minute with England captain Kane heading in Sergio Reguilon’s pass for his 10th goal of the season.

West Ham, however, stood out after Bale was added to replace Steven Bergwijn.

Fabian Balbuena scored a goal from Aaron Cresswell after 82 minutes and Davinson Sanchez headed home with a goal from Vladimir Coufal three minutes later which left Tottenham in panic.

“The match was under control. We could have scored the fourth goal through Harry Kane but hit the crossbar, then Gareth Bale to finish the match. The match should have been in hand and we lost two points,” said Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho.

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