Bale starts for Spurs in comfortable win over LASK
Gareth Bale started for Tottenham Hotspur for the first time in seven years and helped them to a 3-0 win over Austria’s LASK in their first match of the Europa League group phase on Thursday.
Lucas Moura opened the scoring after 18 minutes and Bale’s square pass was turned into his own net by Andres Andrade nine minutes later for a two-goal halftime lead.
Substitute Son Heung-min added the third in the 84th minute to ensure a winning start for Spurs to their Group J campaign.
Manager Jose Mourinho rested several regulars but his side were quickly in command with debutant Carlos Vinicius spurning a headed chance from close range inside the opening 10 minutes.
But the club’s new Brazilian signing from Benfica quickly made up for it by collecting captain Ben Davies’ long pass with a determined run before squaring it perfectly for compatriot Lucas to tuck away the opening goal.
A surging run from Sergio Reguilon led to the second, with Bale trying to find Vinicius with a pass from the right side of the attack that a panicked Andrade turned into his own net.