HAMMERS SPOIL BALE HOMECOMING
Gareth Bale’s second Tottenham debut was ruined by a stunning West Ham fightback from 3-0 down in the final eight minutes to draw 3-3 on Sunday.
Manuel Lanzini’s sensational long-range strike into the top corner capped the comeback after Fabian Balbuena’s header and Davinson Sanchez’s own goal resurrected David Moyes’s men.
Spurs raced to a 3-0 lead within 18 minutes as the free-scoring combination of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min looked to have Jose Mourinho’s side cruising towards a win that would have put them second in the table.
The opener came inside the opening minute as Kane’s sumptuous long pass in behind the West Ham defence picked out Son and the South Korean cut inside to curl into the far corner.
The roles were reversed for Kane’s first goal as the England captain produced a stunning piece of skill with a nutmeg on his marker before firing low into the bottom corner.
Sergio Reguilon also made the move from Real Madrid to Tottenham last month and his rampaging runs from left-back are reminiscent of Bale’s early days at Spurs before the Welshman pushed further up the field.
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The Spaniard set up Kane’s second with a pinpoint cross for the striker to head home at the far post.
Only a fine save from Lukasz Fabianski prevented Son also registering a double in a blistering opening quarter from Spurs.
Mourinho lauded Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy as a “genius” for the deals he made in the transfer market to give his manager a depth of squad capable of challenging for trophies.
That was shown as Bale was then introduced as a substitute and showed no lack of confidence by striking a free-kick with his first touch but the ball flew straight into Fabianski’s grasp.
Kane came within inches of sealing his hat-trick with a shot from outside the box that hit the post, but Tottenham’s defensive deficiencies saw a comfortable afternoon completely unravel.
Balbuena’s header from Aaron Creswell’s free-kick started the collapse before Sanchez turned a dangerous ball across the box into his own net.
Bale should have sealed the three points and a dream debut but he flashed a shot wide with just Fabianski to beat as the game entered stoppage time.
And that would come back to haunt Mourinho’s men when a Cresswell free-kick was only cleared to the edge of the box and Lanzini arrowed an unstoppable shot high past Hugo Lloris.
Bale came from the bench in the defeat and his return was a key talking point after the game but Mourinho was having none of it.
“Before the match you wanted to talk about Gareth Bale, after the game you want to talk about Gareth Bale. It’s Tottenham vs West Ham,” Mourinho snapped back at a reporter post-game.
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FULHAM RUE MISSED PENALTY IN SHEFFIELD DRAW
Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic missed a penalty and gave away a spot-kick as Sheffield United rescued a 1-1 draw in a battle of the Premier League strugglers on Sunday.
Mitrovic fired over with his second half penalty when the score was 0-0 at Bramall Lane.
Ademola Lookman put Fulham ahead with 13 minutes left, but Serbia international Mitrovic’s foul on Jack Robinson conceded a late penalty that Billy Sharp converted.
Mitrovic is the first player to commit the unwanted penalty double in the same Premier League game since Mikel Arteta for Arsenal against Fulham in 2012.
As if that wasn’t enough frustration for Cottagers boss Scott Parker to endure, he also had to watch Mitrovic miss two golden chances in stoppage-time.
Fulham at least moved off the bottom of the table after taking their first point at the fifth attempt, following last season’s promotion from the Championship.
United also avoided defeat for the first time in five games this season.
After a scrappy first half in keeping with both teams’ struggles, Fulham should have gone ahead 10 minutes into the second half.
Robinson was adjudged to have handled in the area, but Mitrovic blazed his penalty over the bar.
On-loan Leipzig winger Lookman put Fulham ahead in the 77th minute with a superb solo effort, beating two men before firing into the roof of the net.
But Mitrovic was penalised for a high foot on Robinson in the 85th minute following a VAR check and Sharp made him pay as he drove his penalty down the middle.
BRIGHTON SECURE DRAMATIC DRAW WITH CRYSTAL PALACE
Earlier, Alexis Mac Allister’s first Premier League goal gave Brighton a dramatic 1-1 draw in their derby against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Palace took the lead in the 19th minute when Tariq Lamptey was harshly adjudged to have pulled down Michy Batshuayi in the penalty area.
Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha sent Brighton keeper Mat Ryan the wrong way from the spot for his fourth goal of the season.
But, after a poor clearance from Palace defender Joel Ward, Argentine substitute Mac Allister fired home via a slight deflection from the edge of the area in the 90th minute.
Brighton had defender Lewis Dunk sent off for a two-footed lunge on Gary Cahill in stoppage-time.
Palace have now gone three league games without a win, while Brighton have won only once in their five matches this season.