Gareth Bale started the first game of his second spell.
Carlos Vinicius made an outstanding debut for Tottenham as he produced 2 goals in a 3-0 win in the Europa League Group J win over LASK.
Vinicius was starting for the first time as Jose Mourinho provided Harry Kane the night off and he made goals in either half for Lucas Moura and Boy Heung-min, while he would have also netted himself had Andres Andrade not scored an own goal.
Gareth Bale started the first game of his second spell and made that goal where Andrade executed his own net, however it is clear the Welshman is still some way off his peak physical condition.
It was a comfy night for Mourinho’s men in north London as they were not checked against a weak Austrian side and made a good start to a chaotic group phase which is loaded into a 8-week duration.
Vinicius, a loanee from Benfica, withstood an inauspicious start as he missed out on an eighth-minute caretaker, in some way putting a header large from the middle of the penalty area.
Things improved for him though 10 minutes later on, as he produced a fine assist to allow Moura to open the scoring.
Vinicius took Ben Davies’ ball over the top in his stride and after that played a reverse pass for his compatriot to slot home.
The 25-year-old would have opened his account in the 27th minute had Andrade not execute his own net when obstructing a cross from Bale, with Vinicius ready to strike.
It was practically 3 instantly from kick-off as Erik Lamela won possession, then got it back off Vinicius prior to seeing his low shot slip through the hands of Alexander Schlager, who had the ability to obtain the ball from the line.
Spurs were drifting, however had Joe Hart to thank for keeping their 2-goal lead undamaged as the former England goalkeeper produced a flying conserve to reject Andreas Gruber‘s shot from range.
Lamela did practically get his goal soon after the reboot as he turned and twisted in the box however his shot went large of the post.
Bale left just after the hour in what was a pre-planned replacement. It was not a classic night for the Welshman however one where he got essential minutes.
Spurs had opportunities to acquire a good-looking lead, however Matt Doherty headed over, Boy Heung-min took a crack at conserved and Moura also sent out a header the incorrect side of the crossbar.
Vinicius was included in whatever that Spurs did and he laid a golden opportunity on a plate for Dele Alli.
The Brazilian timed his through ball to excellence and Alli was clear in the box with time and space however his low shot was conserved by Schlager.
Comparable to the Lamela opportunity in the first half, the ball rolled towards the keeper however the goalline recuperated with a backyard to spare.
Vinicius was refrained from doing as he skillfully nodded Doherty’s cross into the course of Boy, who transformed his ninth goal of the season.