Gareth Bale’s homecoming party was spoiled by an ultimate West Ham comeback which saw Tottenham throw away a 3-0 lead.
Manuel Lanzini secured the 3-3 draw with a ridiculous long-range 94th-minute goal.
Bale’s return looked to be going as planned as when Tottenham skipped out to a three-goal lead.
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Still holding the advantage when he came off the bench in the 72nd minute to replace Steven Bergwijn, it all went downhill.
Bale’s leadership and his teammates’ confidence in him to come up with the big plays was evident right away.
Rightly so too – Bale is currently on £600,000 ($A1.1m) a week.
When he came on he went straight to Son Heung-min, who was getting ready to take a free kick and took charge to take the ball himself and step up for the strike.
It was not the perfect first touch all scriptwriters would have wanted, with the shot going straight into the arms of West Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski.
But at least Bale showed right away he wanted to be involved.
It also was proof of just how highly regarded he is by his teammates that he came right in to take the shot in his return game.
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Bale had a huge chance to turn match winner during injury time.
Two minutes into stoppage time, Harry Kane played the ball for Bale who weaved through Angelo Ogbonna and Andriy Yarmolenko.
He then sent the ball soaring towards the goal but his radar was not working as the shot sprayed wide.
The Tottenham collapse was hardly on Bale but it proved costly as Lanzini came up with a crucial shot right before the final whistle to seal the incredible comeback.