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Bale gives Tottenham upper hand against Lyon

Published: Thursday 14 February 2013, 23.15CET
Tottenham Hotspur FC 2-1 Olympique Lyonnais
Gareth Bale inspired the hosts with two stunning free-kicks to deny the Ligue 1 team a share of the spoils and give his side a first-leg lead.
by Josh Hershman
from White Hart Lane

Match statistics

TottenhamLyon

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
4
Attempts off target3
 
3
Corners6
 
4
Offsides2
 
3
Fouls committed13
 
10
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 14 February 2013, 23.15CET

Bale gives Tottenham upper hand against Lyon

Tottenham Hotspur FC 2-1 Olympique Lyonnais
Gareth Bale inspired the hosts with two stunning free-kicks to deny the Ligue 1 team a share of the spoils and give his side a first-leg lead.

Gareth Bale inspired Tottenham Hotspur FC to a narrow UEFA Europa League round of 32 victory over Olympique Lyonnais, two superb free-kicks giving the north London side the upper hand going into next week's decider.

Bale missed a golden opportunity before opening the scoring with a stunning set piece in first-half added time. Lyon came out firing after the break and grabbed an equaliser through Samuel Umtiti's thunderous half-volley, but Bale's second glorious free-kick denied them a share of the spoils.

Tottenham's No11 has been making the headlines for his stellar performances in recent weeks and he was again the centre of the action in the first period, failing to keep his volley down after Kyle Walker's deep cross. Steed Malbranque enjoyed a warm reception on his return to White Hart Lane and it was his corner that produced Lyon's best opportunity of the half, only for Dejan Lovren to head straight at Brad Friedel.

Bale was not out of the action for long, and when Walker broke down the right on 36 minutes and found the Welsh international with a low centre, an expectant home crowd waited for the net to bulge. However, with the goal at his mercy, the 23-year-old failed to the find the target. Bale made amends in stoppage time, giving Spurs the lead with a long-range free-kick that went over the wall and bounced before nestling in the bottom left.

Lyon were much improved after the interval and ten minutes into the second period they were level. William Gallas's headed clearance fell to Umtiti on the corner of the penalty area and the teenage left-back unleashed an unstoppable half-volley into the far corner.

The game then came to life, with Alexandre Lacazette denied by Friedel and Rémy Vercoutre repelling another Bale effort with his fists. It was seemingly headed for a draw until, with almost the last kick of the match, Bale fired another set piece past the helpless Vercoutre to earn his spurs.

Last updated: 25/09/14 4.08CET

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Lineups

tottenham

Tottenham

lyon

Lyon

24
FriedelBrad Friedel (GK)
1
VercoutreRémy Vercoutre (GK)
2
DempseyClint Dempsey
Substitution67
5
LovrenDejan Lovren
5
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
6
FofanaGueïda Fofana
Yellow Card80
7
LennonAaron Lennon
Substitution79
9
LisandroLisandro
Substitution89
8
ParkerScott Parker (C)
Substitution90+2
10
LacazetteAlexandre Lacazette
10
AdebayorEmmanuel Adebayor
13
RéveillèreAnthony Réveillère
11
BaleGareth Bale
Goal45
Goal90+3
15
BiševacMilan Biševac
13
GallasWilliam Gallas
17
MalbranqueSteed Malbranque
Substitution83
19
DembéléMousa Dembélé
18
GomisBafétimbi Gomis
28
WalkerKyle Walker
Yellow Card49
21
GonalonsMaxime Gonalons (C)
32
Assou-EkottoBenoît Assou-Ekotto
23
UmtitiSamuel Umtiti
Yellow Card20
Goal55

Substitutes

25
LlorisHugo Lloris (GK)
16
LopesAnthony Lopes (GK)
14
HoltbyLewis Holtby
Substitution67
4
B. KonéBakary Koné
16
NaughtonKyle Naughton
7
GrenierClément Grenier
Substitution83
20
DawsonMichael Dawson
12
FerriJordan Ferri
22
G. SigurdssonGylfi Sigurdsson
Substitution79
14
DaboMouhamadou Dabo
29
LivermoreJake Livermore
Substitution90+2
25
BenziaYassine Benzia
33
CaulkerSteven Caulker
31
GhezzalRachid Ghezzal
Substitution89

Coach

André Villas-Boas (POR) Rémi Garde (FRA)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), Venâncio Tomé (POR)

Fourth official

Antonio Godinho (POR)

Additional assistant referees

Duarte Gomes (POR), João Capela (POR)

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