Bale hat-trick boosts Spurs’ European push in comfortable win over Sheff Utd, Swahili Post

Bale hat-trick boosts Spurs’ European push in comfortable win over Sheff Utd

Bale hat-trick boosts Spurs’ European push in comfortable win over Sheff Utd, Swahili Post
Gareth Bale has now scored 51 Premier League goals during his career

Gareth Bale’s hat-trick gave Tottenham a comfortable victory over relegated Sheffield United as they maintained their pursuit of European football.

Bale flicked in the opener when it was lifted over the top by Serge Aurier before the right-back teed him up to thump in the third in the second half.

The Welsh international was played in by Son Heung-min on the break for his second – a thumping strike which flew into the top right corner.

Son rounded off a dominant Spurs performance when he curled in a superb fourth goal.

The South Korean also had a goal disallowed for offside five minutes into the second half.

The result leaves Tottenham sitting five points off fourth place and the Champions League qualification spot with four games remaining.

Sheffield United, who were relegated on 17 April following defeat to Wolves, had one shot on target and were unable to test goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Bale sparkles in ruthless display

Bale hat-trick boosts Spurs’ European push in comfortable win over Sheff Utd, Swahili Post
Gareth Bale became the first Welshman since Craig Bellamy in 2006 to score 50 Premier League goals

Bale’s hat-trick was only his second in the Premier League and his first since December 2012 when he netted three against Aston Villa.

He was one of two changes to the Spurs starting line-up as interim manager Ryan Mason called up Bale and Dele Alli in place of Harry Winks and Lucas Moura.

Both gave good accounts of themselves – Alli showing sparkles of quality in the first half before fading in the second.

But it was Bale who stole the show, making a smart run in behind to poke in the opener before lashing in a powerful second after a swift break from Son down the right.

Aurier’s pass for Bale’s third was perfectly-weighted too and the Welshman drilled it into the bottom right corner to seal the hat-trick.

He celebrated at full-time with a beaming smile as he collected the match ball and he notched up another milestone by becoming the sixth Welshman to surpass 50 Premier League goals.

What’s next?

Tottenham travel to Elland Road to face Leeds on Saturday, 8 May (12:30 BST kick-off), while Sheffield United are at home to Crystal Palace on the same day (15:00 BST).

More to follow.

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Tottenham Hotspur

Starting XI

  1. Bale hat-trick boosts Spurs’ European push in comfortable win over Sheff Utd, Swahili PostSquad number1Player nameLloris
    Average rating

    6.61

  2. Bale hat-trick boosts Spurs’ European push in comfortable win over Sheff Utd, Swahili PostSquad number24Player nameAurier
    Average rating

    7.36

  3. Bale hat-trick boosts Spurs’ European push in comfortable win over Sheff Utd, Swahili PostSquad number4Player nameAlderweireld
    Average rating

    6.95

  4. Bale hat-trick boosts Spurs’ European push in comfortable win over Sheff Utd, Swahili PostSquad number15Player nameDier
    Average rating

    6.44

  5. Bale hat-trick boosts Spurs’ European push in comfortable win over Sheff Utd, Swahili PostSquad number3Player nameReguilón
    Average rating

    6.60

  6. Bale hat-trick boosts Spurs’ European push in comfortable win over Sheff Utd, Swahili PostSquad number18Player nameLo Celso
    Average rating

    6.59

  7. Bale hat-trick boosts Spurs’ European push in comfortable win over Sheff Utd, Swahili PostSquad number5Player nameHøjbjerg
    Average rating

    6.92

  8. Bale hat-trick boosts Spurs’ European push in comfortable win over Sheff Utd, Swahili PostSquad number9Player nameBale
    Average rating

    8.63

  9. Bale hat-trick boosts Spurs’ European push in comfortable win over Sheff Utd, Swahili PostSquad number20Player nameAlli
    Average rating

    7.05

  10. Bale hat-trick boosts Spurs’ European push in comfortable win over Sheff Utd, Swahili PostSquad number7Player nameSon Heung-Min
    Average rating

    7.89

  11. Bale hat-trick boosts Spurs’ European push in comfortable win over Sheff Utd, Swahili PostSquad number10Player nameKane
    Average rating

    7.05

Substitutes

  1. Bale hat-trick boosts Spurs’ European push in comfortable win over Sheff Utd, Swahili PostSquad number8Player nameWinks
    Average rating

    5.87

  2. Bale hat-trick boosts Spurs’ European push in comfortable win over Sheff Utd, Swahili PostSquad number11Player nameLamela
    Average rating

    6.07

  3. Bale hat-trick boosts Spurs’ European push in comfortable win over Sheff Utd, Swahili PostSquad number23Player nameBergwijn
    Average rating

    6.38

Sheffield United

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player nameRamsdale

    Average rating

    5.49

  2. Squad number2Player nameBaldock

    Average rating

    5.15

  3. Squad number12Player nameEgan

    Average rating

    4.99

  4. Squad number6Player nameBasham

    Average rating

    4.91

  5. Squad number20Player nameBogle

    Average rating

    4.75

  6. Squad number16Player nameNorwood

    Average rating

    4.64

  7. Squad number4Player nameFleck

    Average rating

    4.66

  8. Squad number3Player nameStevens

    Average rating

    5.00

  9. Squad number23Player nameOsborn

    Average rating

    5.09

  10. Squad number17Player nameMcGoldrick

    Average rating

    5.49

  11. Squad number24Player nameBrewster

    Average rating

    4.50

Substitutes

  1. Squad number11Player nameMousset

    Average rating

    3.94

  2. Squad number14Player nameBurke

    Average rating

    3.97

Line-ups

Tottenham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 24Aurier
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 15Dier
  • 3Reguilón
  • 18Lo CelsoSubstituted forWinksat 70′minutes
  • 5HøjbjergBooked at 88mins
  • 9BaleSubstituted forBergwijnat 75′minutes
  • 20AlliSubstituted forLamelaat 78′minutes
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 2Doherty
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 8Winks
  • 11Lamela
  • 12Hart
  • 17Sissoko
  • 23Bergwijn
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 28Ndombele

Sheff Utd

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Ramsdale
  • 2Baldock
  • 12EganBooked at 18mins
  • 6Basham
  • 20BogleSubstituted forBergeat 45′minutes
  • 16Norwood
  • 4Fleck
  • 3Stevens
  • 23Osborn
  • 17McGoldrickSubstituted forMoussetat 83′minutes
  • 24BrewsterSubstituted forBurkeat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Lundstram
  • 8Berge
  • 11Mousset
  • 13Lowe
  • 14Burke
  • 15Jagielka
  • 18Foderingham
  • 19Robinson
  • 33Gordon

Referee:
Andre Marriner

Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 4, Sheffield United 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 4, Sheffield United 0.

  3. Attempt missed. Sergio Reguilón (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Harry Kane.

  4. Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) header from very close range is high and wide to the left.

  5. Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

  6. Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Sergio Reguilón.

  7. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur).

  9. John Fleck (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Sergio Reguilón tries a through ball, but Harry Kane is caught offside.

  11. Hand ball by Sander Berge (Sheffield United).

  12. Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Sergio Reguilón.

  13. Substitution, Sheffield United. Lys Mousset replaces David McGoldrick.

  14. Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

  15. Attempt missed. Enda Stevens (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Basham with a cross following a corner.

  16. Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Eric Dier.

  17. Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Harry Winks.

  18. Attempt blocked. Ben Osborn (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver Burke.

  19. Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela replaces Dele Alli.

  20. Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 4, Sheffield United 0. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Steven Bergwijn.

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