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Bale hat-trick hero as Tottenham ease past Sheffield United

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Gareth Bale scored his first hat-trick for Tottenham Hotspur after rejoining the Premier League side on loan. The last time he did for Tottenham was back in 2012. His treble helped his side win by 4 goals. But it was much more important as it helped his side’s Champions League hopes alive as they currently sit 5 points behind 4th placed Chelsea.

Tottenham have not given up their Champions League hopes as they displayed a much-needed performance in the League. Jose Mourinho’s sacking was coming, but a week before the Carabao Cup final was surprising.

Ryan Mason has been appointed as the interim coach for the time being. Although he lost the final, he has kept his club’s hope for a European competition alive with back-to-back Premier League wins.

Ryan made a few changes to his side that faced Manchester City. Dele Alli and Gareth Bale were back into the starting squad instead of Harry Winks and Lucas Moura. Serge Aurier retained his position in spite of the disappointing display in the final.

Sheffield United are also managed by an interim manager, Paul Heckingbottom. He made only one change to his side that won against Brighton and Hove Albion previously. Chris Basham was back after being sidelined for 2 months and replaced Kean Bryan in the defence.

An expected start for Tottenham Hotspur

Sheffield United’s fate has already been written a few weeks ago when they were confirmed to have been relegated. Since the survival tension was over, they could play completely free. We saw that when they defeated a side fighting for survival, Brighton.

So anything was expected in this match. They even started off great with a quick attack. However, other than a shot on target in the entire match, The Blades were completely silent. And that was visible in the scoreline.

Tottenham Hotspur completely dominated the game and they showed their determination to end the season in the top-4. They were struggling to open the books but were eventually rewarded for the high pressing in the 36th minute when Gareth Bale clipped the ball over the keeper off Aurier’s over-the-top cross. They had the chance to write off the game in the first half itself but Dele Alli’s curl was not enough to guide the ball in the back of the net.

Gareth Bale heroics guides Tottenham to a comfortable win

The second half started with double VAR controversies. Few minutes after the whistle, John Fleck’s boot clutched the side side of Lo Celso’s face. As there was a certain contact, a red card possibility was there. However, after consulting VAR, the official deemed it as accidental, hence avoiding a send-off. 2 minutes later, when Heung-Min Son thought that he had scored, VAR interfered yet again to rule out the goal for the slightest margin offside.

After that, it was a one-man show from the Welshman. Bale was yet again on target, with multiple shots testing The Blades’ keeper. It was finally rewarded in the one-hour mark when he drilled the ball into the top right corner which was assisted by Son. The second goal put Tottenham in the driver’s seat, but they were hungry for more.

Bale was ruthless as he continued troubling Aaron Ramsdale. He tried his best to stop the Welsh wrath but soon gave up for the third goal for Tottenham as well as Bale. Aurier assisted his second of the game and the winger placed it to the bottom right corner comfortably.

And for the final nail in the coffin, Son delivered a worldie to compensate the ruled out goal earlier. He took a shot from 20 yards and curled it into the far post and Ramsdale had little to no chance of saving it. The match ended 4-0 which could have been more. Tottenham’s Champions League fate now lies in the hands of 4 other teams. Their only hope of achieving it remains if they win the remaining 4 fixtures and hope that the others falter in the process.

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