Bale scores hat-trick as Tottenham thrash Sheffield 4-0

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Bale scores hat-trick as Tottenham thrash Sheffield 4-0
Bale scores hat-trick as Tottenham thrash Sheffield 4-0
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Gareth Bale’s hat-trick gave Tottenham a comfortable victory over relegated Sheffield United as they maintained their pursuit of European football.

Bale flicked in the opener when it was lifted over the top by Serge Aurier before the right-back teed him up to thump in the third in the second half.

The Welsh international was played in by Son Heung-min on the break for his second – a thumping strike which flew into the top right corner.

Son rounded off a dominant Spurs performance when he curled in a superb fourth goal.

Deal of the day

The South Korean also had a goal disallowed for offside five minutes into the second half.

The result leaves Tottenham sitting five points off fourth place and the Champions League qualification spot with four games remaining.

Sheffield United, who were relegated on 17 April following defeat to Wolves, had one shot on target and were unable to test goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

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

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

He celebrated at full-time with a beaming smile as he collected the match ball and he notched up another milestone by becoming the sixth Welshman to surpass 50 Premier League goals.

Sheffield United only conceded four or more goals in one Premier League game under Chris Wilder. They have done so twice under Paul Heckingbottom.

Attention has already turned to next season for Sheffield United with relegation to the Championship confirmed a few weeks ago.

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

The defeat means interim manager Paul Heckingbottom has seen his Sheffield United side concede 15 goals in his six Premier League games in charge.