Europa League - Round of 32 - 1st Leg
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Wolfsberger 1-4 Tottenham Hotspur: Gareth Bale scores and assists in Europa League win

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport
Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale has scored five goals since returning to Spurs on loan from Real Madrid

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho said they had "one foot in the next round" after Gareth Bale inspired them to victory over Wolfsberger in the Europa League last 32 first leg.

Bale crossed for Son Heung-min to head the opener and then cut inside and blasted home their second goal. That was the first time since April 2013 that he scored and assisted a Tottenham goal in the same game.

Lucas Moura added a fine solo goal before half-time in Budapest.

But Michael Liendl's penalty gave Wolfsberger hope and Christopher Wernitznig hit the bar - before Carlos Vinicius probably killed the tie.

"I don't consider this an incredible victory, just a good victory that brings good feelings," said Mourinho. "The plane back will be a different plane than after a defeat."

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho spoke beforehand about how much he wants to win the Europa League and named a strong team, although Harry Kane was left in London for fitness reasons.

They were excellent in the first half but were much less impressive after replacing Son with Vinicius at half-time.

Wolfsberger were limited opposition, sitting sixth in the Austrian league and in a European knockout game for the first time. The game had to be played six hours away in Budapest, Hungary because of Covid restrictions.

The second leg is next Wednesday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Did Spurs fringe players impress?

Bale and Dele Alli were the notable starters in the line-up for Spurs. Mourinho said beforehand he was worried about the result and not individual performances of fringe players - but he would have been happy with what he saw in the first half.

Bale set up the opener when he received Matt Doherty's pass before crossing for Son, who matched his personal goal tally of last season with 18.

That was Bale's first assist for Spurs since April 2013 against Manchester City - before he left for Real Madrid.

Doherty picked out Bale again, but this time the Welshman cut on to his left foot and smashed a powerful effort past the goalkeeper, his fifth goal of a loan spell from Real.

When Moura beat several defenders on a mazy run to score Spurs' third, it looked as if it could be a rout.

Alli looked in the mood too, with a brilliant nutmeg to create a shooting opportunity although he fired straight at the keeper.

But they looked much less fluent in the second half, with Bale and Alli more peripheral before being replaced.

Mourinho said Bale could feature against West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday.

"One of the reasons why he left the pitch by minute 65 was to try to have him available for the next match," he said.

"By taking him off at that minute we managed to save him a few miles in his legs and probably, I know the match is Sunday at 12pm, but I believe he has a chance to play the match."

Moussa Sissoko sloppily conceded a penalty which Liendl scored and the hosts looked more assured. Had Wernitznig's powerful drive off the crossbar gone over the line instead of bouncing on it, it could have been a different tie.

But Vinicius most likely booked Spurs' place in the next round when he stabbed home Erik Lamela's flicked header late on.

Kane asked to stay home

Mourinho revealed Kane did not want to risk playing, having recently returned from an ankle problem. He had been due to travel to Hungary.

"He's an experienced guy that had injuries in the past, he knows his body better than anyone," Mourinho said.

"He knows that I want him to play every minute of every game, so it's never a question of a choice.

"I wanted to come here with the best team and the players that could give us more opportunities to win the game and get a good result, but he made the decision based on his feelings.

"Of course myself and the medical department, we agreed with him in giving him this opportunity to take care of his condition, but I believe on Sunday he will be OK and ready."

Son joins Spurs' top Euro scorers - match stats

  • No team in the history of major European competition have won by three or more goals away from home in the first leg of a knockout tie and failed to progress.
  • Spurs are only the second English team to score three or more goals in three consecutive away major European matches, after Liverpool between October 2017 and February 2018.
  • Son Heung-min is the fourth Spurs player to score 20 goals in European competition (excluding qualifiers), after Harry Kane (29), Martin Chivers (22) and Jermain Defoe (20).
  • Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has been eliminated from just one of his 17 previous European knockout ties when winning the first leg, the 2006-07 Champions League semi-final vs Liverpool.

Player of the match

BaleGareth Bale

with an average of 8.11

RZ Pellets WAC

  1. Squad number30Player nameTaferner
    Average rating

    5.42

  2. Squad number17Player nameStratznig
    Average rating

    5.39

  3. Squad number10Player nameLiendl
    Average rating

    5.39

  4. Squad number11Player nameVizinger
    Average rating

    5.37

  5. Squad number27Player nameNovak
    Average rating

    5.37

  6. Squad number44Player nameLochoshvili
    Average rating

    5.35

  7. Squad number9Player nameJoveljic
    Average rating

    5.33

  8. Squad number22Player nameBaumgartner
    Average rating

    5.29

  9. Squad number4Player nameScherzer
    Average rating

    5.29

  10. Squad number24Player nameWernitznig
    Average rating

    5.28

  11. Squad number31Player nameKofler
    Average rating

    5.27

  12. Squad number19Player nameSprangler
    Average rating

    5.23

  13. Squad number3Player nameHenriksson
    Average rating

    5.23

  14. Squad number6Player namePavelic
    Average rating

    4.93

  15. Squad number8Player nameDieng
    Average rating

    4.81

  16. Squad number2Player nameGiorbelidze
    Average rating

    4.70

Tottenham Hotspur

  1. Squad number9Player nameBale
    Average rating

    8.11

  2. Squad number7Player nameSon Heung-Min
    Average rating

    7.53

  3. Squad number20Player nameAlli
    Average rating

    7.22

  4. Squad number27Player nameLucas Moura
    Average rating

    6.95

  5. Squad number5Player nameHøjbjerg
    Average rating

    6.62

  6. Squad number28Player nameNdombele
    Average rating

    6.54

  7. Squad number4Player nameAlderweireld
    Average rating

    6.39

  8. Squad number11Player nameLamela
    Average rating

    6.37

  9. Squad number1Player nameLloris
    Average rating

    6.35

  10. Squad number33Player nameDavies
    Average rating

    6.27

  11. Squad number2Player nameDoherty
    Average rating

    6.22

  12. Squad number8Player nameWinks
    Average rating

    6.17

  13. Squad number45Player nameCarlos Vinícius
    Average rating

    6.15

  14. Squad number23Player nameBergwijn
    Average rating

    5.95

  15. Squad number15Player nameDier
    Average rating

    5.90

  16. Squad number17Player nameSissoko
    Average rating

    5.76

Line-ups

RZ Pellets WAC

Formation 4-1-3-2

  • 31Kofler
  • 27NovakSubstituted forPavelicat 81'minutes
  • 22Baumgartner
  • 44Lochoshvili
  • 4Scherzer
  • 19SpranglerBooked at 62minsSubstituted forGiorbelidzeat 65'minutes
  • 30TafernerSubstituted forHenrikssonat 45'minutes
  • 10Liendl
  • 24Wernitznig
  • 9JoveljicSubstituted forDiengat 65'minutes
  • 11VizingerSubstituted forStratznigat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Giorbelidze
  • 3Henriksson
  • 5Peric
  • 6Pavelic
  • 8Dieng
  • 15Rnic
  • 16Leitgeb
  • 17Stratznig
  • 18Röcher
  • 21Skubl
  • 23Schöfl
  • 29Kuttin

Tottenham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Doherty
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 15Dier
  • 33Davies
  • 17SissokoBooked at 54minsSubstituted forHøjbjergat 78'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 8Winks
  • 9BaleSubstituted forLamelaat 64'minutes
  • 20AlliBooked at 42minsSubstituted forNdombeleat 78'minutes
  • 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forBergwijnat 64'minutes
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forAlves Moraisat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Højbjerg
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 11Lamela
  • 12Hart
  • 23Bergwijn
  • 25Tanganga
  • 28Ndombele
  • 41Whiteman
  • 44Bowden
  • 45Alves Morais
  • 53Scarlett
  • 55Lavinier
Referee:
Ali Palabiyik

Match Stats

Home TeamRZ Pellets WACAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home9
Away20
Shots on Target
Home4
Away9
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, RZ Pellets WAC 1, Tottenham Hotspur 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, RZ Pellets WAC 1, Tottenham Hotspur 4.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

  4. Post update

    Kai Stratznig (RZ Pellets WAC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Offside, RZ Pellets WAC. Alexander Kofler tries a through ball, but Cheikhou Dieng is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur).

  7. Post update

    Guram Giorbelidze (RZ Pellets WAC) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! RZ Pellets WAC 1, Tottenham Hotspur 4. Carlos Vinícius (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Erik Lamela.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Carlos Vinícius.

  11. Post update

    Offside, RZ Pellets WAC. Michael Liendl tries a through ball, but Cheikhou Dieng is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Guram Giorbelidze (RZ Pellets WAC).

  14. Post update

    Steven Bergwijn (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Dominik Baumgartner (RZ Pellets WAC).

  16. Booking

    Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, RZ Pellets WAC. Mario Pavelic replaces Michael Novak.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luka Lochoshvili (RZ Pellets WAC) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Liendl with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Corner, RZ Pellets WAC. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Tanguy Ndombele replaces Dele Alli.

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