Gareth Bale has now scored 51 Premier League goals during his career

Gareth Bale’s hat-trick gave Tottenham a comfortable victory over relegated Sheffield United as they maintained their pursuit of European football.

Bale flicked in the opener when it was lifted over the top by Serge Aurier before the right-back teed him up to thump in the third in the second half.

The Welsh international was played in by Son Heung-min on the break for his second – a thumping strike which flew into the top right corner.

Son rounded off a dominant Spurs performance when he curled in a superb fourth goal.

The South Korean also had a goal disallowed for offside five minutes into the second half.

The result leaves Tottenham sitting five points off fourth place and the Champions League qualification spot with four games remaining.

Sheffield United, who were relegated on 17 April following defeat to Wolves, had one shot on target and were unable to test goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Bale sparkles in ruthless display

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale became the first Welshman since Craig Bellamy in 2006 to score 50 Premier League goals

Bale’s hat-trick was only his second in the Premier League and his first since December 2012 when he netted three against Aston Villa.

He was one of two changes to the Spurs starting line-up as interim manager Ryan Mason called up Bale and Dele Alli in place of Harry Winks and Lucas Moura.

Both gave good accounts of themselves – Alli showing sparkles of quality in the first half before fading in the second.

But it was Bale who stole the show, making a smart run in behind to poke in the opener before lashing in a powerful second after a swift break from Son down the right.

Aurier’s pass for Bale’s third was perfectly-weighted too and the Welshman drilled it into the bottom right corner to seal the hat-trick.

He celebrated at full-time with a beaming smile as he collected the match ball and he notched up another milestone by becoming the sixth Welshman to surpass 50 Premier League goals.

What’s next?

Tottenham travel to Elland Road to face Leeds on Saturday, 8 May (12:30 BST kick-off), while Sheffield United are at home to Crystal Palace on the same day (15:00 BST).

More to follow.

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Tottenham Hotspur

  1. Squad number8Player nameWinks
  2. Squad number11Player nameLamela
  3. Squad number23Player nameBergwijn

Sheffield United

  1. Squad number1Player nameRamsdale

  2. Squad number2Player nameBaldock

  3. Squad number12Player nameEgan

  4. Squad number6Player nameBasham

  5. Squad number20Player nameBogle

  6. Squad number16Player nameNorwood

  7. Squad number4Player nameFleck

  8. Squad number3Player nameStevens

  9. Squad number23Player nameOsborn

  10. Squad number17Player nameMcGoldrick

  11. Squad number24Player nameBrewster

  1. Squad number8Player nameBerge

  2. Squad number11Player nameMousset

  3. Squad number14Player nameBurke

Line-ups

Tottenham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 24Aurier
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 15Dier
  • 3Reguilón
  • 18Lo CelsoSubstituted forWinksat 70′minutes
  • 5HøjbjergBooked at 88mins
  • 9BaleSubstituted forBergwijnat 75′minutes
  • 20AlliSubstituted forLamelaat 78′minutes
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 2Doherty
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 8Winks
  • 11Lamela
  • 12Hart
  • 17Sissoko
  • 23Bergwijn
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 28Ndombele

Sheff Utd

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Ramsdale
  • 2Baldock
  • 12EganBooked at 18mins
  • 6Basham
  • 20BogleSubstituted forBergeat 45′minutes
  • 16Norwood
  • 4Fleck
  • 3Stevens
  • 23Osborn
  • 17McGoldrickSubstituted forMoussetat 83′minutes
  • 24BrewsterSubstituted forBurkeat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Lundstram
  • 8Berge
  • 11Mousset
  • 13Lowe
  • 14Burke
  • 15Jagielka
  • 18Foderingham
  • 19Robinson
  • 33Gordon

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