HAMMERS SPOIL BALE HOMECOMING
Gareth Bale’s second Tottenham debut was ruined by an impressive 3-0 West Ham setback in the final eight minutes, which ended 3-3 on Sunday.
Manuel Lanzini’s sensational long-range shot into the top corner crowned the comeback after Fabian Balbuena’s header and Davinson Sanchez’s own goal revived David Moyes’ men.
Spurs took a 3-0 lead in 18 minutes as the combination of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min Jose Mourinho’s side headed for a win that would have put them second.
The kick-off came within the first minute when Kane’s lush long pass behind the West Ham defense selected Son and the South Korean cut inward to curl into the farthest corner.The roles were reversed for Kane’s first goal when the English captain brought out a stunning piece of skill with a nutmeg on his marker before shooting deep into the bottom corner.
Sergio Reguilon also moved from Real Madrid to Tottenham last month and his frenzied runs from the left-back are reminiscent of Bale’s early days at Spurs before the Welshman pushed the field further up.
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The Spaniard prepared Kane’s second with a precise cross so the striker could drive home at the far post.
Only a nice save by Lukasz Fabianski prevented Son from also booking a double in a glowing opening quarter of Spurs.
Mourinho praised Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy as a “genius” for the deals he had done in the transfer market to give his manager a squad depth capable of competing for trophies.
This was demonstrated when Bale was then introduced as a replacement and showed no lack of confidence by scoring a free kick on his first touch, but the ball flew right into Fabianski’s grip.
Kane came just inches from sealing his hat-trick with a shot from outside the box that hit the post, but Tottenham’s defensive weaknesses meant that a pleasant afternoon completely dissolved.
Balbuena’s header after Aaron Creswell’s free kick triggered the collapse before Sanchez turned a dangerous ball over the penalty area into his own net.
Bale should have sealed the three points and a dream debut, but he only shot one shot out of bounds with Fabianski as the game entered stoppage time.
And that would come back to chase Mourinho’s men if a Cresswell free kick was only cleared to the edge of the box and Lanzini shot an unstoppable shot high past Hugo Lloris.
Bale came off the bench in the defeat and his return was a major post-game issue but Mourinho got none of it.
“Before the game you wanted to talk about Gareth Bale, after the game you wanted to talk about Gareth Bale. It’s Tottenham against West Ham, ”Mourinho told a reporter after the game.
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FULHAM RUE MISSED PENALTY IN SHEFFIELD DRAW
Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic missed a penalty and gave up a penalty as Sheffield United saved a 1-1 draw in the Premier League fighters on Sunday.
Mitrovic missed with his second-half penalty when the result at Bramall Lane was 0-0.
Ademola Lookman gave Fulham the lead with 13 minutes remaining but Serbian international Mitrovic’s foul on Jack Robinson conceded a late penalty that Billy Sharp converted.
Mitrovic is the first player since Mikel Arteta to commit the unwanted penalty double in the same Premier League game for Arsenal against Fulham in 2012.
As if that weren’t enough frustration for Cottager boss Scott Parker, he also had to watch Mitrovic miss two golden opportunities in added time.
Fulham at least pushed away from the bottom of the table after scoring the first point on the fifth attempt after being promoted from the championship last season.
United have avoided losing for the first time in five games this season.
After a difficult first half, which corresponded to the fighting of both teams, Fulham should have continued for 10 minutes in the second half.
Robinson was convicted of treating the area, but Mitrovic put his penalty over the bar.
On loan, Leipzig winger Lookman gave Fulham an excellent solo lead in the 77th minute, hitting two men before shooting the top of the net.
But Mitrovic was punished for a high foot on Robinson after a VAR check in the 85th minute, and Sharp let him pay as he drove his penalty into the middle.
BRIGHTON SAFE DRAMATIC DRAWING WITH CRYSTAL PALACE
Previously, Alexis Mac Allister’s first Premier League goal in Brighton in the derby against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park brought a dramatic 1-1 draw.
Palace took the lead in the 19th minute when Tariq Lamptey was harshly sentenced for knocking Michy Batshuayi down in the penalty area.
Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Zaha sent Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan the wrong way for his fourth goal of the season.
After a poor clearance from Palace defender Joel Ward, Argentine substitute Mac Allister shot home after a slight distraction from the edge of the field in the 90th minute.
Brighton had defenseman Lewis Dunk sent off in stoppage time for a two-foot lunge against Gary Cahill.
Palace have now played three league games without a win, while Brighton have only won once in their five games this season.