Bale makes first start but Spurs’ familiar faces do the business against LASK

Gareth Bale was back in the old routine at the new Tottenham Stadium last night as Jose Mourinho's side revamped side opened Group J with a professional win.

The Welshman wing wizard celebrated his first start of his second North London spell with a low a cross which led to a first-half own goal.

Lucas Moura had netted the opener as the North London side showed they now have the strenght in depth to win this trophy for Mourinho for a third time.

Against better sides, though, they will have to play for the whole 90 minutes.

Bale's last European appearance for Spurs was back in April 2013 in a team including Emmanuel Adebayor and William Gallas against Mo Salah's Basel.

This time the £85million man lined up in a team containing eight changes from the weekend collapse to West Ham with Harry Kane left on the bench.

Bale shook off the rust in his first club start since June before he was replaced after 62 minutes.

He operated down the right of a an attacking three with Erik Lamela and Moura behind on-loan Benfica forward Carlos Vinicius to show the firepower now at Mourinho's disposal.

But the Portuguese would have been as pleased with a first clean sheet of the season.

Tottenham are now unbeaten in nine games since the opening Premier League deffeat to Everton, including four Europa League wins where they have scored 14 goals.

After stating pre-match that he wanted no more “stories about Spursy” after conceding three late goals to the Hammers, Mourinho also said he wanted early Europa League wins to take the pressure off in “crazy” December.

The former Porto and Manchester United boss got both his wishes.

It was certainly different from Tottenham's experiences playing German-speaking opposition in the Champions League last season.

Bayern Munich scored seven here last October before RB Leipzig knocked them out in th first knockout round in February. LASK from Linz play in a different Bundesliga and are not as fluent in European football.

Including on-loan Real Madrid superstar Bale, Mourinho started with all six of his summer signings.

Tottenham hope Vinicius is the answer to their back-up striker issues but his first contribution was more Roberto Soldado than Gary Lineker.

Bale released Matt Doherty down the right but the unmarked Brazilian headed the cross wide from six yards out.

But Vinicius then provided a reverse pass from the left worthy of Glenn Hoddle to set up his compatriot Lucas Moura for the opening goal after 18 minutes.

The lead was doubled nine minutes later after new left-back Sergio Reguilon's surging run allow Lamela to feed Bale.

His cross with the outside of his right-foot was sliced into his net net by Panamanian defender Andres Andrade to conclude the contest and the scoring for the night.

LASK were leading the Austrian Bundesliga going into lockdown but were docked six points after re-starting training too early and finished fourth.

The timings of some of their tackles was equally as bad last night although Andreas Gruber did force Joe Hart into a fine save just before half-time.

At least the result was not as bad as the last time they faced English opposition in Europe as they lost 7-1 in the round of 16 to Manchester United last season.

Mourinho issued a wake-up call to a drowsy second half by sending on Son Heung-min, Dele Alli and Mousa Sissoko after 62 minutes.

Dele failed to beat LASK keeper Alexandr Schlager – or impress Mourinho – when he was sent through on goal by Vinicius.

His fellow sub Son showed him how to do it by slotting home after another assist from the Brazlian after 84 minutes.

Spurs ratings

Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Hart 7; Doherty 6, Sanchez 6, Davies 7, Reguilon 7; Hojbjerg 7 (Sissoko, 62, 5), Winks 7, Lamela 7 (Alli, 62, 5), Bale 7 (Son, 62, 5), Lucas 8 (Lo Celso, 78, 5); Vinicius 6 (Clarke, 86, 4).

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