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Bale's brilliance rescues Spurs
February 14th, 2013 9:26PM

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[EUROPA LEAGUE] Rarely will you find goals as delicious as the three scored in Tottenham's 2-1 win over French club Lyon in the first leg of their round-of-32 series in the Europa League. Spurs won thanks to pair of sensational Gareth Bale free kicks, getting the winning goal late in stoppage time with the White Hart Lane crowd chanting Bale's name. But just as stunning was the goal that teenager Samuel Umtiti scored on a half-volley to beat Brad Friedel. "Today," said Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas, "we saw not only two great moments of brilliance but three as their goal was absolutely fantastic, too."

Brad Friedel and Clint Dempsey started for Tottenham in its 2-1 win over French club Lyon in the first leg of their round-of-32 series in the Europa League won an a pair of sensational Gareth Bale free kicks.

As is Spurs' custom, Friedel, now the backup, started in the Europa League game while Hugo Lloris, who took his job after coming over from Lyon in the summer, sat out the game. Friedel could do nothing to stop Umtiti's half-volley that evened the score.

Clint Dempsey also started for Tottenham but left midway through the second half in a game during which it needed all of Bale's brilliance to win.

Bale, who had scored from 35 yards out in injury time in the first half, won the game with a second goal, this time from 25 yards, just 10 seconds from the final whistle.

"Incredible," said Villas-Boas. "Not only his all-round game but the ability he has to strike these free kicks. The ball gains so much power when he strikes it and it changes direction very, very easily."

The goals give Bale give him six for Spurs in his last four games.

EUROPA LEAGUE RESULTS:
Inter Milan 2 (Palacio 20, 87) CFR Cluj 0.
Newcastle United 0 Metalist Kharkiv 0.
VfB Stuttgart 1 (Gentner 41) Racing Genk 1 (Plet 90+1).
Atletico Madrid 0 Rubin Kazan 2 (Goekdeniz 6, Pablo Orbaiz 90+5).
FC Basel 2 (Stocker 23, Streller 67) Dnipro 0.
Borussia M'Gladbach 3 (Stranzl 17 pen., Marx 84 pen., Arango 88) Lazio 3 (Sergio 57, Kozak 64, 90+4).
Tottenham 2 (Bale 45+1,90+3) Lyon 1 (Umtiti 55).
BATE Borisov 0 Fenerbahce 0
Levante 3 (Rios 10, Barkero 40 pen., Martins 56) Olympiakos 0.
Dynamo Kiev 1 (Haruna 20) Bordeaux 1 (Obraniak 23).
Bayer Leverkusen 0 Benfica 1 (Cardozo 61).
Ajax 2 (Alderweireld 28, van Rhijn 48) Steaua Bucharest 0.
Sparta Prague 0 Chelsea 1 (Oscar 82).
Napoli 0 Viktoria Plzen 3 (Darida 28, Rajtoral 78, Tecl 90).
Zenit St Petersburg 2 (Hulk 69, Semak 72) Liverpool 0.
Anzhi Makhachkala 3 (Eto'o 34, Akhmedov 48, Boussoufa 64) Hannover 96 1 (Huszti 22).

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