Gareth Bale’s Tottenham return begins with nightmare as West Ham fight back

Gareth Bale’s big comeback turned into a nightmare as he found out the hard way that Tottenham are as Spursy as ever.

Heung-min Son and a Harry Kane double put Jose Mourinho’s men 3-0 up after just 15 minutes in a pulsating London derby.

But West Ham showed bags of character to claw their way back into the game and score three times in the last eight minutes to snatch an unlikely point.

This was not how Bale saw his big homecoming party going – and it only started going wrong after he came off the bench in the 72nd minute!

It was Bale’s first Premier League appearance for Tottenham since May 2013, seven years and 152 days ago.

And Mourinho was all ready to celebrate him killing the game off when Kane set him free and he danced through only to drag his shot wide.

Cue a Tottenham collapse – capped by an absolute screamer deep into stoppage time from Hammers sub Manuel Lanzini.

Spurs remain unbeaten now in eight games in all competitions, but this will feel like a defeat. And Mourinho looked absolutely sick afterwards.

Spoilsport Mourinho only named Bale among his subs, but they didn’t need him to race into an early lead.

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The visitors turned their season around with David Moyes absent due to Coronavirus, winning back-to-back league games against Wolves and Leicester.

But this was a different test against a team which pummelled United 6-1 at Old Trafford last time out.

It didn’t take them long to pick up where they left off. Just 45 seconds to be exact.

Kane, lurking much deeper in this new set-up, played a stunning long-range ball into space and Son skinned Fabian Balbuena and curled it home.

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The Hammers were undressed again defensively when Kane fed Steven Bergwijn and the ball was eventually recycled to the England skipper.

What came next was outrageous as Kane nutmegged Declan Rice and fired home through Angelo Ogbonna’s legs.

Kane then made it three with a header from a Sergio Reguilon cross and we still hadn’t played 16 minutes.

As if to prove there’s nothing he can’t do, Kane finished the half with an outstanding sliding block tackle to deny Thomas Soucek a certain goal.

But Moyes switched his front three around and Pablo Fornals headed over an Antonio cross from three yards after the ball clipped Moussa Sissoko.

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With West Ham showing signs of life, Mourinho finally sent on Bale, and Kane then hit the outside of the post on a fast break.

But the Hammers then staged a remarkable fightback, with Balbuena pulling one back with a header from a free kick.

And nerves were jangling when Sanchez headed a Vladimir Coufal cross into his own net with five minutes to go.

Kane made another block to stop Jarrod Bowen and later played Bale in for what would have been a dream finish, only for the Welshman to fire wide.

And then came the late drama, with Lanzini smashing a thunderous shot into the top corner from 25 yards to spark up wild celebrations from the visitors.

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