Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 12/26/12
Gareth Bale's stunning second-half hat-trick helped Tottenham to cruise to a 4-0 Premier League victory against Aston Villa at Villa Park. Despite dominating the opening 45 minutes, it took until the 57th minute before Jermain Defoe opened the scoring for Spurs. Wales international Bale then took over with three goals in just 23 minutes to lift the north Londoners back into fourth position in the Premier League after their fifth win in their last seven. Villa, meanwhile, set an unwanted record of their own having now conceded 12 goals in just two matches and they remain in 16th position. Spurs went close early on when Bale saw a curling effort from outside the box kept out by a fine diving save from Brad Guzan, who was in inspirational form for the hosts in the first half. Emmanuel Adebayor then nodded a Bale corner goalwards, with Guzan just managing to hold on to the ball. Villa threatened towards the end of the half as Matthew Lowton delivered a ball that the sliding Brett ...
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