Football: West Ham hit back to draw 3-3 at Spurs on Bale's return

Welsh star makes first outing for more than 7 years but is eclipsed as visitors net thrice late to earn draw

Tottenham Hotspur's Welsh striker Gareth Bale runs with the ball on Oct 18, 2020.
Tottenham Hotspur's Welsh striker Gareth Bale runs with the ball on Oct 18, 2020. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Gareth Bale made his first appearance for Tottenham Hotspur for more than seven years but his return was overshadowed as West Ham United scored three times late on to earn a 3-3 draw.

With Bale on the substitutes bench, Tottenham started in sensational fashion as Son Heung-min scored inside a minute and Harry Kane scored twice as the hosts led 3-0 after 16 minutes .

Welshman Bale, on loan from Real Madrid, came off the bench in the 71st minute, but instead of a glorious introduction, West Ham ripped up the script with a stupendous fight back.

Fabian Balbuena's 82nd minute header and Davinson Sanchez's own goal gave West Ham hope. Bale almost scored his side's fourth but West Ham's Manuel Lanzini struck a wonder-goal deep in stoppage time to earn his side an unlikely point.