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Gomez earns Bayern last-gasp win at Inter

Published: Wednesday 23 February 2011, 22.56CET
FC Internazionale Milano 0-1 FC Bayern München
Mario Gomez's 90th-minute strike loosened the holders' grip on the trophy after a fine performance from visiting goalkeeper Thomas Kraft.
by Richard Aikman
from San Siro

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Match statistics

InternazionaleBayern

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target5
 
3
Attempts off target6
 
8
Corners8
 
6
Offsides2
 
2
Fouls committed10
 
17
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 23 February 2011, 22.56CET

Gomez earns Bayern last-gasp win at Inter

FC Internazionale Milano 0-1 FC Bayern München
Mario Gomez's 90th-minute strike loosened the holders' grip on the trophy after a fine performance from visiting goalkeeper Thomas Kraft.

FC Bayern München take a 1-0 lead back to the Fußball Arena München after Mario Gomez stunned UEFA Champions League holders FC Internazionale Milano with an 90th-minute winner.

After a multitude of chances at both ends, a breathless match seemed destined to end goalless when Júlio César spilled Arjen Robben's shot into the path of Gomez, who tucked in his seventh goal of the competition. They may not have revenge in mind following last season's showpiece defeat, but the German side can start dreaming of a quarter-final place at the Italian titleholders' expense this time around. First, though, is the second leg on 15 March.

It is no foregone conclusion as this result was hard on the hosts, repeatedly denied by the excellent Thomas Kraft. They could have taken the lead inside two minutes when Andrea Ranocchia spurned the chance to mark his UEFA Champions League debut after ghosting in at the far post. The Italy defender was soon in more familiar territory, arresting the danger at the other end.

If his crunching tackles on Franck Ribéry and Gomez set the tone for a hard-fought contest, Luiz Gustavo's two long-range strikes in as many minutes, which both flew just wide, marked an open one. Inter retaliated with a counterattack of their own, as Samuel Eto'o cut the ball back for Esteban Cambiasso to force a fine save out of Kraft from close range.

Bayern came forward again, the vaunted Robben-Ribéry partnership combining for the latter to head the former's inviting cross flush against the crossbar on 23 minutes. The game was end to end, with Bayern's swashbuckling approach offering Inter the chance to counterattack. No sooner had Gomez skied Philipp Lahm's low centre over than the visitors had Kraft to thank for a reflex save to keep out Eto'o's wonderful left-footed shot.

Inter might have been ahead on the stroke of half-time after Maicon raced on to Dejan Stanković's through ball, but the right-back blazed wide rather than seek out the supporting runners. In the first move of the second period Thomas Müller weakly glanced another cross from the irrepressible Robben wide of the far post.

The Dutchman's pace and skill was causing Inter no end of problems and he showcased both on 53 minutes, leaving a trail of defenders in his wake before striking Júlio César's near post. True to form, the Nerazzurri responded in kind, Kraft again denying Eto'o only for Cambiasso to find the Curva Sud when it seemed easier to score. Supporters, let alone the players, were struggling to draw breath.

Kraft was soon called into action again, repelling an angled drive from substitute Houssine Kharja and in the latter stages Inter desperately sought the goal that eluded them. Sneijder's free-kick narrowly missed, Thiago Motta's powerful header was clutched by Kraft and Eto'o's shot through a crowd deflected wide. Then, after Robben tried his luck from range, Gomez supplied the sucker punch.

Last updated: 27/11/12 21.54CET

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Lineups

internazionale

Internazionale

bayern

Bayern

1
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
35
KraftThomas Kraft (GK)
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
Yellow Card21
7
RibéryFranck Ribéry
Yellow Card34
5
StankovićDejan Stanković
10
RobbenArjen Robben
6
LúcioLúcio
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
8
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
Yellow Card87
23
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
Substitution38
9
Eto'oSamuel Eto'o
25
T. MüllerThomas Müller
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder
Yellow Card56
28
BadstuberHolger Badstuber
13
MaiconMaicon
30
Luiz GustavoLuiz Gustavo
Yellow Card87
15
RanocchiaAndrea Ranocchia
Substitution73
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
33
GomezMario Gomez
Goal90
26
ChivuCristian Chivu
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk

Substitutes

12
CastellazziLuca Castellazzi (GK)
1
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
14
KharjaHoussine Kharja
Substitution73
2
BrenoBreno
Substitution38
17
MarigaMacDonald Mariga
5
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi
8
Hamit AltıntopHamit Altıntop
27
PandevGoran Pandev
16
OttlAndreas Ottl
29
CoutinhoCoutinho
18
KloseMiroslav Klose
55
NagatomoYuto Nagatomo
39
KroosToni Kroos

Coach

Leonardo (BRA) Louis van Gaal (NED)

Referee

Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Assistant referees

Gabor Erös (HUN), György Ring (HUN)

Fourth official

Sandor Szabo (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Mihaly Fabian (HUN), Tamás Bognar (HUN)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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