Gareth Bale surpassed 50 goals in the Premier League as his hat-trick saw Tottenham keep their top-four hopes alive with a 4-0 win over Sheffield United.
When Chelsea had beaten Fulham on Saturday, it was up to Spurs to claim three points against the relegated knives to boost their Champions League ambitions, especially after Liverpool in 7th place saw their match at Manchester United postponed due to anti-Glazer protests from home fans. .
Bale put the beaten EFL Cup finalists ahead with a deft finish in the first half before bringing his half-century up in the competition with an emphatic strike after good work from Son Heung-min.
The Real Madrid borrower finished his hat-trick with a low strike from the edge of the box before Son finished the rout with an excellent curling effort.
Visitors have now only won once in their last 26 Premier League games in London and saw goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale set a competition record of 27 consecutive away games without keeping clean.
After a quiet opening, Son was denied a fine Ramsdale save before Harry Kane shot low to the right corner only for Chris Basham to clear.
Sheffield United had begun to grow into the game as they were enchanted by a brilliantly cut pass from Serge Aurier which allowed Bale to tip the ball with his left foot over Ramsdale’s head.
John Fleck was undoubtedly lucky to escape penalty when he caught Giovani Lo Celso in the face with his buds as the Spurs midfielder was on the ground early in the second half.
Son thought he had doubled the lead after driving on a simple Toby Alderweireld long pass and blasting a shot over Ramsdale, but the goal was deflected for a fraction of offside.
Bale made it 2-0, however, but the Wales star rifled a strike in the top right corner for his 50th goal in England’s top flight after Son took the break from a Sheffield United corner.
His second Premier League hat-trick ended eight minutes later when he incorrectly boned Ramsdale with a sharp strike after Aurier had beaten him up on the edge of the box.
Son added brilliance to the results line with an excellent strike going in from the right post, having previously reached 10 league assistants for the second season in a row.
What does it mean? Spurs can still believe in top-four chases
The result left Spurs five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with just four games left, meaning they could still get a Champions League place.
But with West Ham and Liverpool both able to climb over them if they win their game by hand, Spurs’ chances of returning to Europe’s best competition still look slim.
For Sheffield United, who remain at the bottom with just 17 points, the season may not end fast enough.
Bale’s first Premier League treble since December 2012 highlighted the threat he still poses in the attacking third – a threat rarely seen for Spurs this season.
Still, if he can maintain such form over the last four games of the season and lead the Spurs back into the Champions League, there will be few complaints from fans.
Brewster needs a booster
Rhian Brewster has now played 25 times in the Premier League this season without scoring, and his performance here made it easy to see why.
His only shot in a lifeless first-half display was a speculative attempt that swung closest to the corner flag and he managed only 10 hands before being pulled out at the break.
Spurs leaders Leeds United and Sheffield United will host Crystal Palace next Saturday.