When Gareth Bale finally made his entrance, one month after re-signing for Tottenham and 72 minutes into this derby, it is fair to say that the scene was set. Spurs had a free-kick 30 yards out, to the right of centre, and the returning hero went straight over to take it.
For a few tantalising moments, those present and the watching TV millions wondered whether his cosmic scriptwriter had the most outlandish plot-line in mind. It would have been too much. Bale’s free-kick bounced tamely into Lukasz Fabianski’s arms.
Written by David Hytner at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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