Gareth Bale’s Tottenham return spoiled as West Ham complete spectacular comeback

Tottenham vs West Ham

Sunday’s marquee Premier League tie was played out a short time ago.

The clash saw Tottenham play host to London rivals West Ham United.

Both sides headed into proceedings in solid form, with Spurs’ previous outing, of course, having seen Jose Mourinho’s men dispatch of Manchester United by six goals to one.

As for West Ham, after a slow start to the campaign, they had since secured comprehensive wins over both Wolves and Leicester City.

As a result, both outfits no doubt fancied their chances of getting something from Sunday’s tie.

And, when all was said and done at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the spoils were indeed shared.

Kane & Son continue to shine

The matchup started in explosive fashion, with both sides registering shots on target inside the first minute.

It was Tottenham who made their effort count, though, as Harry Kane and Heung-min Son once again linked up.

The former produced another spectacular long ball for Son to run on to. And the South Korean, in turn, had little issue cutting inside and slotting past Lukasz Fabianski:

Aaron Cresswell came close to levelling things up inside five minutes, but his free-kick curled just wide of Hugo Lloris’ post.

However, just minutes after this chance, Harry Kane once again proved a thorn in the Hammers’ side.

The Spurs captain this time turned goalscorer – nutmegging Declan Rice before smashing in the Lilywhites’ second of the day:

Incredibly, the hosts’ onslaught ramped up even further 15 minutes in, with Kane once again involved.

Sergio Reguilon burst down the left flank before whipping in a lovely cross, with the English international having made no mistake in nodding home his 2nd of the evening:

Son then nearly added his brace with 10 minutes of the first-half remaining, but Fabianski did well to close down the attacker.

The first 45 drew to a close with Mourinho’s outfit looking head and shoulders above their opponents.

Gareth Bale’s comeback spoiled

The second-half began with West Ham looking much improved, as Soucek’s acrobatic effort saw the Hammers spurn a great chance to pull one back.

Pablo Fornals then really should have made it 3-1. But the Spaniard guided his header, from around three yards out, over the bar.

West Ham continued to pressure Spurs, with Davinson Sanchez forced to block another headed effort from Soucek.

The hosts’ first decent chance of the second period, meanwhile, saw Fabianski tip a long-range Kane effort around the post with an hour on the clock.

Then, with just under 20 minutes of normal time to play, Jose Mourinho finally handed Gareth Bale his long-awaited second debut for the club.

The Welshman’s first touch of the clash saw him direct a rather tame free-kick straight at West Ham’s no.1.

Kane then smashed another effort off Fabianski’s post, as the hitman went in search of his hat-trick.

It was David Moyes’ men, however, who found the next goal of the game, as Fabian Balbuena rose highest to nod home a Cresswell free-kick.

And, just moments later, West Ham somehow had a second, Davinson Sanchez heading the ball into his own net to hand the visitors a lifeline.

Such efforts appeared set to come in vain, though, as the matchup ticked into injury-time.

This was until the dying seconds, when, incredibly, Manuel Lanzini rifled a spectacular effort into the roof of Hugo Lloris’ net from the edge of the box, completing a sensational West Ham comeback.

Can Tottenham mount a title challenge?

Prior to their baffling collapse, talk had begun to spread regarding Tottenham potentially being in with an outside chance of challenging for the Premier League title this term.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Spurs managed to conduct some solid transfer business over the summer, improving/strengthening in pretty much every area required.

This has seen Jose Mourinho and co. build, arguably, one of the strongest squads in the Premier League.

It is also worth noting that Tottenham were without all of Giovani Lo Celso, Eric Dier and Joe Rodon on Sunday.

If the Lilywhites can escape long-term injuries to the likes of Kane and Son, a case can therefore certainly be made that they should be challenging for glory this season.

This comes with much of the English top-flight’s elite currently in the midst of something of a transitional period.

Chelsea, for example, need to sort out their defensive issues before challenging for the title, whilst Manchester City’s form has been largely patchy for around a year now.

And though Liverpool are still probably favourites for the title, with Virgil van Dijk looking set to be out of action for a lengthy period, Jurgen Klopp’s men suddenly look vulnerable.

If Tottenham do wish to compete with the likes of Man City and Liverpool, however, they simply cannot afford to collapse in the kind of fashion seen on Sunday evening.

Gareth Bale probably should have killed the game off late on, but regardless, conceding three goals in such a short space of time after dominating to such a large extent is simply not good enough.

It almost goes without saying, but the 2020/21 Premier League title race looks wide open.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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