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Welsh wizard spares Spurs’ blushes

After a hilariously abject first half, Tottenham Hotspur can claim to have beaten the European champions 3-0 over 45 minutes last night, thanks to a jet-heeled Gareth Bale hat-trick.

Elderly midfielder Javier Zanetti became the oldest goalscorer in Champions League history when he opened proceedings after just two minutes, and Spurs found themselves 3-0 down within a quarter of an hour after keeper Gomes was sent off for bringing down Jonathan Biabany.

However, a goal after the restart and two late strikes saved the Londoners from any real embarrassment – and added another £5m to Donkey Kong’s price tag.

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