EPL Wrap: Bale Keeps Spurs in Top 4 Hunt, Auba Shines

EPL Wrap: Bale Keeps Spurs in Top 4 Hunt, Auba Shines Photo: TT
Gareth Bale & interim boss Ryan Mason

Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick to keep alive Tottenham’s faint top four hopes as they won 4-0 over relegated Sheffield United in the English Premier League on Sunday.

Bale was at his ruthless best with the opening goal in the 36th minute, before Son Heung-Min had a second-half goal marginally disallowed by the VAR for offside.

But Bale added two more goals within five minutes just past the hour mark, with Son swiveling for the fourth in the 77th minute.

The result lifts Tottenham into fifth spot for the time being, five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

West Ham United are due to play Burnley on Sunday, while Liverpool had their clash with Manchester United postponed after fans protested on the pitch pre-game.

Tottenham interim coach Ryan Mason was delighted with his side, but realistic about their top four ambitions with four games to play.

“It’s a clean sheet, which is important, that’s 11 in the Premier League this season, so that’s good from a team point of view,” Mason said.

“The win was massive and the manner in which we won was pleasing as well.”

Arsenal are unlikely to qualify for Europe via the league, but claimed a 2-0 win away to Newcastle on Sunday to firm up their top 10 spot.

Gunners skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang started, played 78 minutes and scored after contracting malaria a few weeks ago.

“We thought that he wasn’t going to manage that,” Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said.

“On Thursday, and the day before, he was struggling and he could only manage to play 10 or 15 minutes but the day afterwards he was starting to feel better.

“It’s good to see that he was fine today, he performed well and scored a goal too. It’s a real positive.”

Ben somerford
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