Last Updated: 14/02/13 9:57pm
That second great strike from Bale ends the match. Tottenham have beaten Lyon 2-1 but there is still plenty to play for in next week's second leg.
GOAL BALE! Bale puts Tottenham back in front with his second fantastic free-kick of the night. He once again beat Vercoutre with an effort that swerved all over the place.
Sigurdsson can't play Adebayor through on goal and Vercoutre is able to rush out and gather the ball.
A long ball forward fails to find Bale as he looks to find space behind the Lyon defence. Goal-kick to the away side.
Time ticks by and the match is still evenly poised. Will there be a late charge from either side for victory?
The corner is worked short but Bale's cross is quickly blocked and Tottenham have another flag-kick.
Umtiti's header from 16 yards is sent wide of goal. Lyon still causing nervous moments for Tottenham.
Tottenham enjoying a better period of play at the moment. They were rocked by Lyon's equaliser but there is still plenty of interest left in this match.
Another great challenge from Lovren stops Dempsey in the Lyon box. The defender has played very well tonight.
Lacazette looks lively again as he drives forward and sees his powerful effort turned over the bar by Friedel.
Lyon have been on the front foot in this half. Umtiti's goal has given them real belief they can go on and claim the victory. Could be an interesting ending to the contest.
Malbranque's corner from the left is headed clear by Bale at the near post. The Welshman has done his share of defensive work tonight.
Lyon now keep the ball at the back. They will be hoping to push on and secure a famous win at White Hart Lane.
GOAL UMTITI! Umtiti pulls Lyon level with a rasping half-volley from outside the box. That was the second great goal of this match.
Gomis cuts in from the right and his weak effort is easily gathered by Friedel. Lyon continue to pose a threat.
Tottenham are now the 1/5 favourites for the victory with Sky Bet. Lyon can be backed at 16/1 and the draw is available at 4/1. You can get half-time price boosts for Tottenham to win 3-1 at 15/2, Lyon to win 2-1 at 18/1, Adebayor to score next at 8/1 and Lisandro to score next at 9/1.
GOAL BALE! Bale puts Tottenham ahead with a superb free-kick from 35 yards. It was dipping and swerving to leave Vercoutre unable to reach the ball. Quite a strike.
Lyon get men behind the ball as Tottenham enjoy a spell of possession. Good defending from the away side.
Malbranque is back on his feet and leaves the field before returning. Friedel gets us back under way.
A great attacking move from Tottenham ends with Bale failing to find the target when it looked easier to score. Replays show he was put under pressure but that could have been the moment the hosts moved ahead.
Adebayor challenges Lovren for the right to run through one-on-one with Vercoutre but the referee gives a free-kick.
A Lyon attack comes to an end as the ball drifts through to Friedel. A little lull going on at the moment with the defences on top.
Good work from Walker to win the ball from Lisandro on the edge of the Tottenham box. Pretty even game so far with both sides playing their part.
The corner from the right is headed clear by Bale at the near post as he proves his defensive credentials.
Assou-Ekotto is forced to fire the ball out of play for a Lyon through under pressure from Lisandro.
It really was a great pass from Dembele to create that chance. Worth watching again if you get the chance.
Mousa Dembele finds Adebayor with a great through ball and the striker sends a first-time effort just wide of the left hand post. That was a decent chance.
Assou-Ekotto is back on his feet and leaves the field. Play gets back under way and the defender makes his way back on the pitch.
Lovren does well again. This time he heads Bale's free-kick from the right away from the centre of the six-yard box.
Lennon wins a free-kick on the right flank as he tumbles over a loose challenge from Umtiti. The defender is booked.
The corner is cleared but Tottenham win back possession. William Gallas finds himself on the right flank and his cross is deflected behind.
This is a good spell for Lyon. Both teams are handy in possession so we can expect some entertainment.
Steed Malbranque's corner from the right is met by a header from Dejan Lovren at the far post. Friedel was on top of the threat and easily gathers.
Gomis tumbles under a challenge from Jan Vertonghen and is unlucky not to win a penalty. Was a 50/50 call for the referee and he decided to reject the appeals.
Lisandro can't find Alexandre Lacazette on the right as he looks to create space. Lyon aren't too far away from causing problems for Tottenham.
Assou-Ekotto can't keep the ball in play as he chases Dempsey's ball down the left. Goal-kick to Lyon.
Tottenham are the team having the better of this. Bale looks lively as he looks to continue a good run of form.
Walker's cross from the right finds Bale at the far post but he can only send his volley high over the bar.
Lyon enjoy a spell of possession but Tottenham are the team who have enjoyed the better start to the match. The hosts look sharp so far.
Tottenham work the corner short to Gareth Bale but he quickly runs out of space and Lyon get a goal-kick.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto's cut-back from the left hand side of the Lyon box is turned just wide of his own near post by Anthony Reveillere. Corner to Tottenham.
Kyle Walker tumbles to the ground under Samuel Umtiti's challenge to give Tottenham a free-kick on the right flank.
We are getting closer to kick-off. This should be a pretty good match with Lyon second in France's Ligue 1 and Tottenham fourth in the Premier League.
Tottenham are the 4/5 favourites with Sky Bet to win this match, Lyon are 7/2 and the draw can be backed at 13/5. There are price boosts for Tottenham to win 3-0 at 14/1 and Lyon to win 1-0 at 11/1.
The key notes for Tottenham are Brad Friedel starts in goal and Emmanuel Adebayor is back in attack.
The teams are - Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Dembele, Parker, Lennon, Dempsey, Bale, Adebayor Subs: Lloris, Holtby, Naughton, Dawson, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Caulker
Lyon: Vercoutre, Reveillere, Lovren, Bisevac, Umtiti, Gonalons, Fofana, Lacazette, Malbranque, Lopez, Gomis Subs: Lopes, Kone, Grenier, Ferri, Dabo, Benzia, Ghezzal