Gareth Bale was on target as Tottenham eased some of the pressure on boss Jose Mourinho with a convincing 4-1 victory away to Wolfsberger in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie.
The Welshman, whose agent made headlines for highlighting the on-loan Real Madrid star’s lack of minutes earlier in the week, capped a rare start with a fine goal and an assist.
Tottenham left talisman Harry Kane out of their squad for the clash in Hungary, but it had little impact as they proved too strong for the Austrian minnows, who could not host the first leg on home soil due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.
Son Heung-Min opened the scoring on 13 minutes when he headed home Bale’s cross from the right. Bale then notched his fifth goal of the campaign when he left his marker for dead with an exquisite turn and clinical shot. Lucas Moura added a third just past the half hour with a delightful solo goal to cap an excellent first-half showing.
However, Spurs did not continue in the same vein after the restart and Michael Lindl reduced the arrears from the spot on 55 minutes.
Christopher Wernitznig almost pulled another goal back but rattled the crossbar from just inside the area.
The visitors sealed the win two minutes from time when substitute Carlos Vinicius stabbed in from close range.
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Next up, Spurs visit West Ham on Sunday before hosting the second leg of this tie on Wednesday.