Bale miss proves costly as Lanzini stunner completes West Ham comeback against Tottenham

Date published: Sunday 18th October 2020 6:27 - Samuel Bannister

Manuel Lanzini scored a stunning last minute equaliser to make Tottenham pay for not building on a three-goal lead.

Spurs fans were excited at the prospect of Gareth Bale making his second debut for the club, but even with the Wales star on the bench, they started the game in exhilirating fashion.

Tottenham took the lead within 45 seconds when Heung-Min Son latched on to an aerial through ball from Harry Kane. The South Korean forward cut inside before sending the ball into the far bottom corner.

Kane got on the scoresheet himself after just seven minutes to double the lead. After receiving a short pass from Son, the striker nutmegged Declan Rice before firing past Lukasz Fabianski from the edge of the box.

And Spurs continued their quick start to the game – not for the first time recently – when Kane headed home a brilliant cross from Reguilon in the 16th minute.

Despite the impressive start, Tottenham were unable to add to their three goals before the break.

Bale makes return in second half

Jose Mourinho got the chance to hand Gareth Bale his first appearance since rejoining the club, as he sent him on as a substitute in the 72nd minute.

Bale’s first involvement came immediately, as he took a free kick. However, it did not cause too many problems for Fabianski.

Kane came close to completing his hat-trick when linking up with Son again, hitting the post with a curling left-footed effort from outside the box.

It was West Ham who got the next goal instead, when Fabian Balbuena headed home a cross from a free kick in the 82nd minute.

It seemed as if it was too little too late, but West Ham pulled another one back just moments later. Davinson Sanchez headed into his own goal to reduce the deficit to just one.

Bale then missed a glorious chance to make a scoring return at the other end after getting one-on-one with the keeper. However, his effort hit the wrong side of the post.

It proved costly, as deep into stoppage time, Manuel Lanzini grabbed a stunning equaliser to complete the comeback.

As the ball fell to him on the edge of the box, Lanzini smashed it with his right boot, sending it beyond the outstretched arm of Hugo Lloris to make it 3-3.


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