The Wales international was playing against Spurs for the first time since his £85.3m world record transfer to Madrid in September 2013. The 26-year-old found the net on 79 minutes after James Rodriguez headed home the opener after 36 minutes at Munich’s Allianz Arena.
Cristiano and Benzema missing the trip to Germany due to injury, Rafa Benítez played a flexible 4-4-2, with Bale and Jesse down the middle.
The fireworks started early as Modric, Isco and James squeezed Tottenham with domination of ball and pitch and threatening with a Jesé cannon off the woodwork after five minutes and another effort tipped round the post from the extremely lively striker just after.
Pochettino’s Tottenham kept their heads held high for almost the first half hour, well ordered as is expected from their coach and without fear. Right at the start Lamela put an easy chance over and on quarter of an hour Casilla showed the usefulness of his height with an ugly but effective save from Eriksen. But that was about it from the English side.
Subsequently they deflated, at the same time as Isco’s touches on the ball increased. He went up-field, roaming over more territory, pushing Bale aside in the creation of the moves. After a series of chances from Bale, James and Modric, Isco skipped on the left, found a metre and crossed with a silk foot into the box for James to head home.
Last year’s tournament winners Bayern Munich later dominated AC Milan 3-0 to join the Spaniards in Wednesday’s final. It will be the first meeting between the two teams since April 2014 when the Spaniards ran riot in a 4-0 UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg win en route to their record tenth European Cup triumph.