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It is now back-to-back league wins for Tottenham under caretaker boss Mason, either side of defeat to Manchester City in the EFL Cup final. They are five points off fourth-placed Chelsea and travel to Leeds United on Saturday for their next match. As for United, they host Crystal Palace on their return to action six days from now.
Bale’s first Premier League hat-trick since December 2012 fires Tottenham to a 4-0 win over already-relegated Sheffield United. The Welshman lifted the ball over Ramsdale for the only goal of the first half and then added two more to his tally in the space of eight second-half minutes, before Son – who earlier had one ruled out for offside – rounded off the scoring with a fine strike.
90′ + 4′ FULL-TIME: TOTTENHAM 4-0 SHEFFIELD UNITED
90′ + 3′ A CHANCE FOR NUMBER FIVE! Yet another well-worked move from Tottenham that culminates in Reguilon curling a shot wide with only Ramsdale to beat. The full-back’s reaction says it all – he should have been converting that.
90′ + 2′ Bergwijn sends a cross into the six-yard box that is helped on by Ramsdale. That makes it awkward for Kane to adjust and he is unable to find the target.
90′ Kane’s shot gets past a couple of players but hits Egan in front of goal. Three minutes have been added on at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
89′ Baldock’s cross is blocked behind by Reguilon. It is just a shame United could not ask these sort of questions of their opponents when they were still in the game!
88′ Hojbjerg is booked for a challenge on Osborn as we enter the final couple of minutes of the one-sided match.
87′ Kane fires wide from a one-on-one after Reguilon squeezed the ball into his path. The offside flag goes up anyway, but that shows Kane is some way off his best form.
85′ Sheffield United are enjoying their best spell of the match in terms of sustained pressure, though it has come when they are four goals down. Tottenham are dealing with every ball that comes into the box as they look to protect their clean sheet.
83′ McGoldrick is replaced by Mousset late on in the third and final of United’s substitutions.
82′ Burke plays a pass into the six-yard box but McGoldrick does not have the pace to keep up with the winger and is unable to get on the end of it.
80′ Berge steals the ball off Son as United put together a rare attack. Osborn’s shot is deflected behind for a corner, which is worked short and comes to little.
78′ Alli may not have been on the scoresheet today, but he can be happy with his performance. Lamela is brought on for the final 12 minutes or so.
77′ Bergwijn played the ball to his left and Son did the rest by bringing it back inside and curling home the goal of the game.
77′ GOOOOAAALLL!!! TOTTENHAM 4-0 SHEFFIELD UNITED!! This is superb from Son! He steps inside Baldock and curls a 20-yarder in off the far post, leaving Ramsdale with little chance of keeping it out.
75′ Hat-trick hero Bale is replaced by Bergwijn with 15 minutes to go. Mason is taking no risks on the Welshman’s fitness.
74′ A low corner is flicked on by Alderweireld into the arms of Ramsdale. That will go down as an attempt on target from the centre-back.
73′ The points are well and truly wrapped up for Tottenham now, but they do not look as though they are going to stop at just the three goals. Kane sends a ball in across the face of goal but Son cannot get on the end of it.
71′ Tottenham forward Gareth Bale has scored his second Premier League hat-trick, and his first since December 2012 v Aston Villa.
70′ Winks is brought on for Lo Celso in the first of Tottenham’s changes.
69′ A hat-trick of goals for Bale and a brace of sorts for Aurier – this is his second assist, the full-back putting just enough pace on the ball for Bale to fire in first time from 20 yards.
69′ GOOOOAAALLL!!! TOTTENHAM 3-0 SHEFFIELD UNITED!! A HAT-TRICK FOR BALE! Aurier shifts the ball to his left and Bale does not hesitate in pulling the trigger and sending a low shot past Ramsdale into the bottom-right corner.
68′ That assist for Bale’s second goal was Son’s 10th of the campaign in the Premier League – the second season running he has reached double figures in that metric. The South Korea international may still be a little aggrieved at having a goal of his own ruled out for offside, though.
66′ BALE AGAIN! Bale stands over a free-kick and lifts it up and over the United wall, but it is far too central to get the better of Ramsdale.
65′ SAVE! The five-minute period leading up to Tottenham’s second goal was arguably United’s best spell of the game. They are not out of the game just yet, with Norwood testing Lloris for the first time today with a first-time shot. Could he have taken another touch first?
63′ Tottenham forward Gareth Bale has scored his 50th Premier League goal, making him the sixth Welshman to reach that tally and the first since Craig Bellamy in 2006.
61′ Son knocked the ball away from Osborn near the halfway line to spark the Spurs counter and rolled it inside for Bale to do the rest.
61′ GOOOOAAALLL!!! TOTTENHAM 2-0 SHEFFIELD UNITED!! Bale doubles his tally to put Spurs in complete control! Son plays the ball inside to the Welshman, who has a couple of touches to compose himself and then drills a shot away from Ramsdale into the top-right corner with a thumping finish.
60′ Spurs could do with another goal to make certain of the win. United have a little bit more to them since the introduction of Berge and Burke in particular, but they are still struggling to create anything of note – that has to change.
58′ No team has conceded more second-half goals in the Premier League this season than Sheffield United (32), while Tottenham have conceded the highest share of their Premier League goals after half-time this term (63 per cent – 24/38).
56′ ON TARGET! Bale is a good 30-35 yards out but decides to have a go. There is plenty of power behind the shot, but it is right at Ramsdale and the United keeper makes a routine stop.
55′ It has been a pretty lively start to the second half, with VAR needed to check for a possible red card before then ruling out that Son strike. After all that, it is 11 v 11 and 1-0 to Spurs.
53′ GOAL DISALLOWED! Son is deemed to have been inches – or in fact an inch – offside and the goal is ruled out. It remains 1-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
51′ GOOOOAAALLL!!! TOTTENHAM 2-0 SHEFFIELD UNITED!! Alderweireld sends a simple pass over the top – not the first time we have seen that today – and Son is through on goal. The angle is slightly against the South Korea international, but he blasts it in at Ramsdale’s near post. However, it will go to a VAR check…
49′ VAR CHECK! The officials look back at the incident involving Fleck and Lo Celso. The United man certainly made firm contact with his opponent’s face while he was on the ground, but it is deemed to be accidental and no red card is awarded.
48′ Lo Celso is in a fair bit of pain, clutching the side of his face after seemingly being caught in the face by the boot of Fleck.
46′ RESTART! Tottenham, leading through that first-half Bale goal, get us back under way in north London!
46′ Berge, who has not featured yet in 2021 because of injury, comes on for Bogle in the second of United’s substitutions.
46′ Sheffield United have made a double substitution for the start of the second half. Burke is on for Brewster in the first of those changes.
Mason’s side had five shots on target in the first half, whereas United have yet to test Lloris. That quite simply has to change if the Blades are to build on last week’s win against Brighton and take anything from this game. The returning Berge is among the visitors’ substitutions, while Spurs can call upon the likes of Bergwijn and Lamela.
Bale’s goal with 36 minutes on the clock has given Tottenham a 1-0 lead over Sheffield United at the interval, the Spurs forward flicking the ball over Ramsdale after being played in over the top by Aurier. Kane earlier had a shot blocked on the line by Basham, while Ramsdale denied Son from a low effort in a one-sided half.
45′ + 4′ HALF-TIME: TOTTENHAM 1-0 SHEFFIELD UNITED
45′ + 3′ DELE DENIED! Spurs play some great one-touch football that culminates in Alli curling a shot on target from just outside the box. There is not enough bend on it and Ramsdale gathers with both hands.
45′ + 1′ Three minutes have been added on at the end of the first half at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
45′ Lo Celso’s first-time shot from 25 yards sails over the crossbar. Kane is not happy with the midfielder, letting him know that he was better placed in the box.
43′ Ramsdale has a head start on Bale when chasing down the ball and he gets to it before the Spurs forward. Tottenham’s tempo has dropped since edging in front as we move closer to half-time.
41′ Bogle sends Son flying to the floor, meaning a free-kick in shooting range for Tottenham. Kane wins the right to take it but can only find the wall, before firing the rebound wide of the target.
39′ That goal will force United to get at their opponents a little more. Brewster pulls the ball back for Fleck, who does not get any real power behind a shot that is blocked before it can reach Lloris.
37′ Tottenham forward Gareth Bale has scored seven Premier League goals this season, with every one of them coming at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – the most any player has scored in this season’s competition with 100 per cent coming at a single venue
36′ Aurier spotted the deep run from Bale and the Wales international just about managed to get a toe to the pass to lift if over Ramsdale.
36′ GOOOOAAALLL!!! TOTTENHAM 1-0 SHEFFIELD UNITED!! Aurier lifts the ball over the top of the United defence and Bale does likewise by clipping it over Ramsdale with the angle against him for the opening goal of the match.
35′ Norwood sends in a delightful first-time cross from deep on the right. It is not met by any of his team-mates, with Brewster – still without a goal since joining from Liverpool last year – failing to react in time.
33′ Back-up United goalkeeper Foderingham is warming-up, but Ramsdale is okay to continue for the time being.
32′ Ramsdale is down and receiving some treatment to his right foot. This could be a worry for United, who may be forced into a change before half-time.
31′ A five-minute period aside when Bale fired over, Son had a shot saved and Kane had one blocked on the line, Tottenham have not really managed to put their opponents under sustained pressure. The longer it remains 0-0, the more chance United have of pulling off an upset.
29′ A rare attack from United comes to a disappointing end as McGoldrick’s cutback is gathered down low by Lloris.
28′ SHOT! Reguilon does well down the left and cuts it back for Kane, who gets under the ball and shoots into the stands from around 14 yards out.
26′ Mason’s men are completely dominating possession – they have had 80 per cent of the ball – but they have been unable to find a way through just yet. Spurs have had just five touches of the ball in the opposition box.
24′ The visitors are constantly playing themselves into trouble here. Tottenham have not quite been able to take advantage just yet, though they have already tested Ramsdale three times.
22′ Tottenham won their first Premier League game under Ryan Mason, 2-1 against Southampton. Both of their last two managers (Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho) won their first two Premier League games in charge, while Glenn Hoddle in 2001 is the only other Spurs manager to do so in the competition.
20′ Spurs forward Son was down for a couple of minutes receiving treatment after being caught by Egan. The South Korea international is now back on the field and play resumes.
18′ Son was caught by Egan in the build-up to that Kane shot that was blocked on the line. The Sheffield United defender is issued the first yellow card of the game.
18′ OFF THE LINE! Kane shifts the ball past Baldock, works it onto his right foot and looks certain to score, but Basham is back on the line to block the shot.
17′ GREAT SAVE! Son takes a couple of touches to set himself and gets a decent attempt on target from range that dips just in front of Ramsdale. The United keeper gets a strong hand to the ball to push it past the post.
16′ Spurs are not afraid to go long today. Alderweireld clips a pass over the top and it is just out of the reach of Alli, who ghosted in behind Bogle.
14′ OVER! Bale carries the ball down the right and then opts to cut inside. He tries to bend the ball into the far top-left corner, but the effort is well off target.
12′ Kane’s cross loops off Basham and lands on the roof of Ramsdale’s net for a Tottenham corner. Lo Celso swings in the set-piece and it is cleared at the front post.
10′ Stevens and Basham team up to win the ball off Bale high up on the Tottenham right. The home side have had 78 per cent of the ball in the early stages.
8′ McGoldrick runs straight at the Tottenham defence and scuffs a shot wide from 25 yards. Spurs are leaving gaps open at the back early on.
7′ Lo Celso pings a pass over the top and Baldock stops in his tracks, seemingly expecting Ramsdale to get to it first. He does, but only after being put under some pressure by Reguilon, who was creeping in behind.
5′ Tottenham are putting United under a fair bit of pressure early on. Mason has set his side out in an attacking manner and that is reflected in the way Spurs are playing in the first five minutes.
3′ Son sends a pass over the top and Kane’s first-time shot is well saved by Ramsdale. The offside flag would have denied the home team, but that was still a great stop by Ramsdale.
2′ The visitors have made a bright start. A cross is sent towards the back post and Stevens is positioned high up the field, but the attack ultimately comes to little.
1′ KICK-OFF! Sheffield United, who are now playing for pride alone, get us up and running against a Spurs side still chasing a top-four finish.
Both sets of players are out on the field and kick-off at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is now just a few moments away.
Tottenham are looking to complete their first league double over Sheffield United since the 1975-76 campaign, following their 3-1 win at Bramall Lane earlier this season. The Blades are winless in all four of their Premier League away games against Spurs (D2 L2), with their last away league win against them coming in November 1991.
Interim boss Paul Heckingbottom has made one change to Sheffield United’s starting line-up following the victory against Brighton. Basham makes a surprise return in defence after nearly two months on the sidelines, taking over from Kean Bryan, who is not involved at all today. In a further fitness boost, Berge is back in the matchday squad and could make his first appearance of 2021.
Tottenham show a couple of changes from their defeat to Man City last weekend, with Alli and Bale coming into the side in place of benched pair Winks and Lucas. That means a start at right-back for Aurier, who was criticised for his display in the EFL Cup final. Ndombele is again among the substitutes.
Subs: Max Lowe, Sander Berge, Oliver Burke, Lys Mousset, Wes Foderingham, Phil Jagielka, John Lundstram, Jack Robinson, Kyron Gordon.
SHEFFIELD UNITED XI (3-5-2): Aaron Ramsdale; George Baldock, John Egan (c), Chris Basham; Jayden Bogle, Oliver Norwood, Ben Osborn, John Fleck, Enda Stevens; Rhian Brewster, David McGoldrick.
Subs: Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks, Steven Bergwijn, Erik Lamela, Joe Hart, Matt Doherty, Davinson Sanchez, Tanguy Ndombele, Lucas Moura.
TOTTENHAM XI (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris (c); Serge Aurier, Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld, Sergio Reguilon; Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Giovani Lo Celso; Gareth Bale, Dele Alli, Son Heung-Min; Harry Kane.
Sheffield United’s relegation fate was confirmed a couple of weeks ago, though the pressure being off clearly worked in their favour eight days ago as they beat Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 through a David McGoldrick goal. The Blades will now be looking to end their top-flight stay on a high, but they last won back-to-back league games in July 2020.
Tottenham are in action for the first time since last week’s EFL Cup final defeat to Manchester City, which leaves their sole focus on the Premier League and breaking into the top four. Spurs, now under the caretaker management of Ryan Mason, beat Southampton 2-1 last time out in the league and are eight points off the Champions League spots with this game in hand.
Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool a little earlier was called for safety reasons after United supporters broke into Old Trafford in protest at the club’s owners, but this match in north London will go ahead as planned.
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