Result: Gareth Bale double sinks Lyon

Two goals from Gareth Bale give Tottenham Hotspur a 2-1 win at home to Lyon in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie.

Two goals from Gareth Bale have given Tottenham Hotspur a 2-1 win at home to Lyon in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie.

The winger fired the hosts into a first-half lead at White Hart Lane before his injury-time strike earned Spurs the victory.

Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring his second in the Europa League match against Lyon on February 14, 2013© PA Photos

Emmanuel Adebayor had the home team's first decent chance of the night with half an hour played, but the striker sliced his shot wide.

Gareth Bale was then guilty of an embarrassing miss when he somehow put the ball wide with the goal at his mercy following Kyle Walker's cross.

Gareth Bale is congratulated by team mates Kyle Walker and William Gallas after scoring the opener in the Europa League match against Lyon on February 14, 2013© PA Photos

However, the Welshman made amends just before the break when his dipping free kick from 35 yards gave Spurs a half-time lead.

It took Lyon 10 minutes after the restart to get themselves level on the night as Samuel Umtiti lashed in an unstoppable drive into the top corner from the left side of the box.

Lyon's Samuel Umtiti celebrates his goal with team mates during the Europa League match against Tottenham Hotspur on February 14, 2013© PA Photos

The French side then dominated matters and they came close to going in front when Alexandre Lacazette's shot was kept out by the athletic Brad Friedel.

Bale had another effort eventually cleared before his long-range free kick deep into added time handed Tottenham the first-leg triumph.

Tottenham Hotspur's Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates moments after scoring the opener on December 6, 2012
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