Tottenham 4-0 Sheffield United: Gareth Bale nets hat-trick in Spurs win

Gareth Bale has scored 51 Premier League goals in his career

Gareth Bale’s hat-trick gave Tottenham a comfortable win over relegated Sheffield United, who continued the pursuit of European football.

Bale hit the opener when he was lifted over the top by Serge Aurier before the right-back knocked him out in the second half in the third round.

The Welsh international was played by Son Heung-min for the second time during the break – a blow that went to the top right corner.

Son rounded off a dominant Spurs performance when he scored an excellent fourth goal.

The South Korean had also not allowed an offside goal for five minutes in the second half.

The result leaves Tottenham five points ahead of fourth place and the Champions League qualifying spot with four games remaining.

Sheffield United, relegated to Wolves on April 17, had a shot on goal and failed to test goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Bale sparkles in reckless display

Gareth BaleGareth Bale became the first Welshman since Craig Bellamy in 2006 to score 50 goals in the Premier League

Bale’s hat trick was only his second in the Premier League and his first since December 2012 when he scored three goals against Aston Villa.

He was one of two changes to the Spurs starting grid when interim managers Ryan Mason called Bale and Dele Alli instead of Harry Winks and Lucas Moura.

Both reported well on themselves – Alli showed shine in the first half before fading in the second.

But it was Bale who stole the show and got a smart run behind him to stab the opener before whipping in a powerful second after a quick pause from Son down right.

Aurier’s pass to Bale’s third was also perfectly weighted and the Welshman drilled it into the lower right corner to seal the hat trick.

He celebrated full-time with a big smile as he collected the match point and reached another milestone by becoming the sixth Welshman to surpass 50 goals in the Premier League.

Spurs don’t mind blades

Sheffield United reactsSheffield United conceded only four or more goals in a Premier League game under Chris Wilder. You did this twice under Paul Heckingbottom

The attention for Sheffield United has already turned to the next season. The descent to the championship was confirmed a few weeks ago.

They were helped by the return of Norwegian international Sander Berge, who came on as a half-time substitute and helped the Blades find a balance in midfield.

John Fleck moved into a more advanced position and saw a lot of ball, but the truth is Sheffield United never showed enough firepower to get anything out of the game.

David McGoldrick and Oliver Burke stepped behind the defense a few times but lacked the support needed to create chances, while Sheffield United’s first and only shot on goal came in the 65th minute when Oliver Norwood hit Lloris directly.

The defeat means interim manager Paul Heckingbottom saw his Sheffield United side concede 15 goals in their six responsible Premier League games.

“Some of our pieces were excellent” – what they said

Tottenham interim coach Ryan Mason: “The attitude, the desire to compete and to continue to compete for 95 minutes [was good]. We had some real moments of quality, but the courage to play in every duel, every action is the best thing.

“We had a week to train and work on the players. We defended strongly as a team. Some of our games were absolutely brilliant.”

Paul Heckingbottom, caretaker at Sheffield United: “We put it on ourselves and our performance. If we always attribute it to the opposition, we will fight.

“It’s not a performance we want to see. It was so passive and I can’t wait for the fans to come back because in a stadium like this it’s absolutely dead. We tried to make our own in the second half Create atmosphere, but the game ran away from us. “

Bale feels at home – the best statistic

  • Spurs have won five of their last six home games in the Premier League (L1), one more than in their first eleven games this season at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (W4 D3 L4).
  • Sheffield United have lost 27 of their 34 Premier League games this season (W5, D2) – the most the Blades have ever lost in a single league campaign in their history.
  • They have only accumulated four out of a possible 51 points available away from home this season.
  • All of Bale’s nine Premier League goals this season have been scored at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
  • Son (16 goals, 10 assists) joined Harry Kane and Bruno Fernandes as one of three Premier League players to score and support more than 10 Premier League goals this season.

What’s next?

Tottenham is heading to Elland Road to face Leeds on Saturday May 8th (12:30 p.m. CET), while Sheffield United will be at Crystal Palace on the same day (3:00 p.m. CET).

Player of the game

BaleGareth Bale

Sheffield United

  1. Cadre number1PlayernameRamsdale

  2. Cadre number17thPlayernameMcGoldrick

  3. Cadre number23PlayernameOsborn

  4. Cadre number12thPlayernameEgan

  5. Cadre number2PlayernameBaldock

  6. Cadre number6thPlayernameBasham

  7. Cadre number3PlayernameStevens

  8. Cadre number8thPlayernamemountains

  9. Cadre number20thPlayernameBogle

  10. Cadre number16PlayernameNorwood

  11. Cadre number14thPlayernameBurke

  12. Cadre number4thPlayernamespot

  13. Cadre number24PlayernameBrewster

  14. Cadre number11PlayernameMousset

Constellations

Tottenham

formation 4-2-3-1

1Lloris

24Aurier4thAlderweireldfifteenanimal3Reguilón

18thThe Celso5Højbjerg

9Bale20thThere7thSon of Heung-Min

10Kane

  • 1Lloris
  • 24Aurier
  • 4thAlderweireld
  • fifteenanimal
  • 3Reguilón
  • 18thThe CelsoReplaced byWinksat the 70 ‘protocol
  • 5HøjbjergBooked at 88 minutes
  • 9BaleReplaced byBergwijnat the 75 ‘protocol
  • 20thThereReplaced byThe Appleat the 78 ‘protocol
  • 7thSon of Heung-Min
  • 10Kane

replacement

  • 2Doherty
  • 6thD Sánchez
  • 8thWinks
  • 11The Apple
  • 12thHard
  • 17thSissoko
  • 23Bergwijn
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 28Ndombele

Sheff Utd

formation 3-4-1-2

1Ramsdale

2Baldock12thEgan6thBasham

20thBogle16Norwood4thspot3Stevens

23Osborn

17thMcGoldrick24Brewster

  • 1Ramsdale
  • 2Baldock
  • 12thEganBooked at 18 minutes
  • 6thBasham
  • 20thBogleReplaced bymountainsat the 45 ‘protocol
  • 16Norwood
  • 4thspot
  • 3Stevens
  • 23Osborn
  • 17thMcGoldrickReplaced byMoussetat the 83 ‘protocol
  • 24BrewsterReplaced byBurkeat the 45 ‘protocol

replacement

  • 7thLundstram
  • 8thmountains
  • 11Mousset
  • 13thLion
  • 14thBurke
  • fifteenJagielka
  • 18thFoderingham
  • 19thRobinson
  • 33Gordon

Live text

  1. End of the game, Tottenham Hotspur 4, Sheffield United 0.

  2. The second half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 4, Sheffield United 0.

  3. Missed attempt. Sergio Reguilón (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the center of the box misses to the left. Prepared by Harry Kane.

  4. Missed attempt. Harry Kane’s (Tottenham Hotspur) close-up header is high and far left.

  5. Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Prepared by Son Heung-Min.

  6. Corner, Sheffield United. The corner was scored by Sergio Reguilón.

  7. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur) receives the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur).

  9. John Fleck (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Offside Tottenham Hotspur. Sergio Reguilón tries a through ball, but Harry Kane is offside.

  11. Handball by Sander Berge (Sheffield United).

  12. Corner, Sheffield United. The corner was scored by Sergio Reguilón.

  13. Substitution, Sheffield United. Lys Mousset replaces David McGoldrick.

  14. Corner, Sheffield United. The corner was caused by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

  15. Missed attempt. Enda Stevens (Sheffield United) header from the center of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Basham with a cross following a corner.

  16. Corner, Sheffield United. The corner was created by Eric Dier.

  17. Corner, Sheffield United. The corner was caused by Harry Winks.

  18. Attempt blocked. Ben Osborn (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. Prepared by Oliver Burke.

  19. Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela replaces Dele Alli.

  20. Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 4, Sheffield United 0. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) shot a right footed shot into the top right corner from outside the box. Prepared by Steven Bergwijn.

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