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The Welshman, who has only played in European competition since returning to Spurs in October when he was loaned out by Real Madrid, has drafted Son Heung-min for his team.
Bale scored in the 28th minute. Lucas Moura scored a solo goal before halftime to make the score 3-0, but his second goal of the season came in the 42nd minute and brought his season total to five.
Host Wolfsberger, who had to play at the Puskas Arena in Budapest due to travel restrictions imposed by Austria, had the equaliser in hand after the breakthrough, thanks to Michael Lindl, who scored from the penalty spot.
Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Gareth Bale scored for the Spurs. ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images
Chris Wernitznig almost scored again when his shot went wide via the underside of the bar. Just before half time substitute Carlos Vinicius scored his fourth goal.
It was Tottenham Hotspur’s first away win in the knockout stages of the Europa League since 2008 and Jose Mourinho, who won the title with Manchester United, is clearly taking it seriously.
Spurs have lost four of their last five Premier League games and will be hoping a win will help them recover.
Winning games gives confidence and hopefully now this can be the start of a good run, Bale said.
Bale and Dele Alli got off to rare good starts and both impressed in a dominant first half for Tottenham. Harry Kane didn’t go to Budapest.
Bale’s low cross was greeted by an instinctive header from his son and when Matt Doherty pushed the ball back on the right, he deftly cut the ball out before turning it over and firing it at Alexander Coughler with his left foot.
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made a brilliant save on a header from Dario Witheringer, before Moore gave Spurs the lead by breaking through the Wolfsberg defence on the left and beating Kofle with a low shot.
After the break, Tottenham slacked off a bit and were punished for it when Moussa Sissoko scored in the 55th minute. In the second minute, Wernitznig was brought down in the box and Lindle converted the penalty kick.
Had Wernitzing’s effort been slightly less, it might have been embarrassing for Tottenham, but Vinicius assured the team of a solid performance ahead of next week’s return in North London.
Mourinho was pleased with his players’ performances and praised Bale and Alli.
We got a result and we worked as a team. I think they have been positive as a team, Mourinho said. I’ve eliminated Gareth. I know it hasn’t been easy to play 90 minutes in the process. The deputy has been working hard. He got a yellow card so easily from the referee, I didn’t want to take the risk.
In Kane’s absence, Mourinho said he might find it risky to play the match with the accumulation of minutes and minutes after the ankle injury he suffered.
Obviously the medical and I have agreed with him that we will give him a chance to work on his fitness, but I think he will be fit and ready on Sunday [against West Ham].