Dhaka, Oct. 20 -- When Gareth Bale came off the bench in the 72nd minute to begin his second chapter at Tottenham Hotspur the hosts were 3-0 ahead and cruising against London rivals West Ham United.

Little more than 20 minutes later Bale and his team mates trudged off crestfallen after Manuel Lanzini's stoppage-time screamer earned West Ham an unlikely 3-3 draw.

Of all the scenarios around Bale's homecoming, few would have chosen this one.

Much more likely that the 31-year-old Welsh winger would mark his return on loan to the club he left seven years ago to join Real Madrid with a goal.

Bale, who left in 2013 for a then world-record 100 million euros (US$117 million), was given the chance to do something special when his first touch w...