Gareth Bale scored one goal and created another as Tottenham Hotspur enjoyed a 4-1 win in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 clash with Austrian side Wolfsberg on Thursday.
The Welshman, whose starts have mainly been limited to the Europa League since returning to Spurs on loan from Real Madrid in October, set up Son Heung-min for his side’s opener.
Bale struck a classy second goal in the 28th minute, taking his tally for the season to five, before Lucas Moura made it 3-0 with a solo effort before halftime.
Wolfsberg made a match of it after the break with Michael Liendl pulling a goal back from the penalty spot in the 55th minute.
Chris Wernitznig almost scored again for the hosts when his shot struck the underside of the crossbar and stayed out before Tottenham substitute Carlos Vinicius, who had replaced Son at halftime, touched home his side’s fourth late on.
It was Tottenham’s first away win in the knockout stages of the Europa League since 2008 and Jose Mourinho, a winner of the competition with Manchester United, is clearly taking it seriously.
“I don’t consider this an incredible victory, just a good victory that brings good feelings,” said Mourinho. “The plane back will be a different plane than after a defeat.”
The second leg is next Wednesday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.