Bale's hat-trick sends Spur fifth

English Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur kept their top four hopes alive in the Premier League with a 4-0 drubbing of relegated Sheffield United, with Gareth Bale grabbing a hat-trick.

Spurs made two changes from their Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City, as Dele Alli and Bale started ahead of Harry Winks and Lucas Moura.

The hosts had a bright start as Son Heung-Min came close to opening the scoring in the 17th minute after twisting on the edge of the box before forcing goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale with a strong hand.

Harry Kane had a chance to give the Lilywhites the lead a minute later after beating his marker to have a clear sight of goal but his shot was cleared off the line by Chris Basham, who made a good recovery.

Bale eventually broke the deadlock for Ryan Mason's charges with nine minutes left of the first stanza with a flick over Ramsdale at the near post after a through ball over the top by Serge Aurier.

Spurs had a quick start in the second stanza as Son fired an unstoppable strike past Ramsdale six minutes from the break after a through ball over the top by Toby Alderweireld but the goal was disallowed by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for a marginal offside.

Bale eventually made it 2-0 for the Lilywhites in the 61st minute after racing clear on goal from the half-way line after a through ball by Son before firing into the top corner.

The Welshman completed his hat-trick eight minutes later with a cracking low strike from the edge of the box after he was teed up by Aurier.

Son finally got on the scoresheet for Spurs in the final 10 minutes with a curling strike from an acute angle inside the box that went in off the far post, as the host moved up to fifth on the log, five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea

Arsenal went within five points of the top six spot in the Premier League following a 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon.

Arsenal needed only five minutes from kickoff for the breakthrough as Mohamed Elneny volleyed home a loose ball on the edge of the area with goalkeeper Martin Dubravka’s hand not able to parry.

Steve Bruce’s side went close to draw level after 15 minutes courtesy of a snap-shot outside the area by Allan Saint-Maximin, but goalkeeper Mathew Ryan acrobatically palmed over the top of target.

Elneny at the other end looked to double his and the Gunners’ lead two minutes from the half-hour mark from a right-sided corner-kick, but he was met with a solid goal-line clearance.

Arsenal’s start to the second half however hit a snack 52 minutes in as Calum Chambers came on to replace David Luiz, who pulled up with a hamstring injury.

Cautious bit of play from particularly Arsenal set forth in the opening exchanges of the second half, notwithstanding Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Magalhaes provided a few moments of promise.

However, the Gunners set a more clear tone midway in the second half when Aubameyang popped up unmarked at the back- post to volley home a teasing ball from Gabriel Martinelli.

That was also the forward’s last involvement as in the last 12 minutes he made way for Ivorian international Nicolas Pepe.

Newcastle finished the match with ten players in added time after Fabian Schar saw red for a rash challenge, as Arsenal ended victorious to revive their top-six hope.

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