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Last-gasp Gomez gives Bayern edge over Madrid

Published: Tuesday 17 April 2012, 22.50CET
FC Bayern München 2-1 Real Madrid CF
Mario Gomez scored a 90th-minute winner to give the hosts a narrow advantage after Mesut Özil had cancelled out Franck Ribéry's opener.
by Andy James
from Fußball Arena München

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Match statistics

BayernReal Madrid

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
4
Attempts off target6
 
3
Corners6
 
4
Offsides0
1
Fouls committed20
 
14
Yellow cards3
 
6
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)54
 
46

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 17 April 2012, 22.50CET

Last-gasp Gomez gives Bayern edge over Madrid

FC Bayern München 2-1 Real Madrid CF
Mario Gomez scored a 90th-minute winner to give the hosts a narrow advantage after Mesut Özil had cancelled out Franck Ribéry's opener.

A close-range strike from Mario Gomez in the 90th minute gave FC Bayern München the narrowest of advantages in their UEFA Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid CF.

Franck Ribéry had given the German side a first-half lead but the visitors improved either side of the break and equalised early in the second period through Mesut Özil. However, Gomez's 12th goal in this season's competition in the final minute ensured it is Bayern who will go into next Wednesday's second leg at the Santiago Bernabéu confident of returning to their home ground for the final on 19 May.

Even before kick-off the home fans had made it abundantly clear how much the game meant and their vociferous support helped Bayern to settle early on with some encouraging spells of possession. Madrid's experience in high-profile situations meant they were not about to be intimidated, however, and it was the visitors who created the first chance when Özil fed Karim Benzema, whose fierce strike from the right was palmed over by Manuel Neuer.

An ominous silence gripped the Munich crowd as the Liga leaders grew in confidence, but their fear turned to elation on 17 minutes as Ribéry slammed in the opener with a low shot after Madrid had failed to deal with Toni Kroos' left-wing corner. The goal visibly calmed Jupp Heynckes' side and though Cristiano Ronaldo went close with a trademark free-kick shortly afterwards, it was the Bavarian club in the ascendancy heading towards the interval.

Bastian Schweinsteiger fired narrowly wide from range and Gomez had a powerful first-time effort with his left foot tipped over by Iker Casillas. As Benzema warned when he tested Neuer after cutting in from the right between times, Madrid's threat was far from extinguished.

Any lapses were likely to be punished and following a bright start to the second period, Madrid capitalised on a misjudged clearance by David Alaba to outnumber the Bayern defence. Neuer did well to deny Ronaldo in the first instance, but Madrid retrieved the loose ball and, though Benzema scuffed his shot across the face of goal, it fell kindly for Ronaldo to turn back inside and Özil duly levelled from close range.

Initially Bayern looked ruffled but soon regained their composure and set about restoring their lead. Having been kept quiet for most of proceedings, top scorer Gomez began to impose himself on the game. The striker blazed a glorious opportunity over the bar after another Kroos set piece had caused problems in the visiting defence, before heading a Philipp Lahm cross narrowly too high.

The combination threatened once more in the latter stages as Lahm again set up for Gomez to head into Casillas' arms with five minutes remaining. The Madrid goalkeeper was eventually beaten again in the final moments as Gomez slid in to convert yet another Lahm delivery and edge the Bundesliga giants a step closer to that dream home final.

Last updated: 27/11/12 12.46CET

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Lineups

bayern

Bayern

real madrid

Real Madrid

1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
7
RibéryFranck Ribéry
Goal17
3
PepePepe
10
RobbenArjen Robben
Yellow Card37
4
RamosSergio Ramos
Yellow Card76
17
BoatengJérôme Boateng
6
KhediraSami Khedira
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
Yellow Card64
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
27
AlabaDavid Alaba
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Substitution84
28
BadstuberHolger Badstuber
Yellow Card31
10
ÖzilMesut Özil
Goal53
Substitution69
30
Luiz GustavoLuiz Gustavo
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
Yellow Card56
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
Substitution61
15
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
Yellow Card56
33
GomezMario Gomez
Goal90
17
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
39
KroosToni Kroos
22
Di MaríaÁngel Di María
Yellow Card60
Substitution79

Substitutes

22
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
13
AdánAntonio Adán (GK)
11
OlićIvica Olić
8
KakáKaká
13
RafinhaRafinha
11
GraneroEsteban Granero
Substitution79
23
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
12
MarceloMarcelo
Substitution69
Yellow Card90+3
25
T. MüllerThomas Müller
Substitution61
18
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
26
ContentoDiego Contento
19
VaraneRaphaël Varane
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
20
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín
Substitution84
Yellow Card90+2

Coach

Jupp Heynckes (GER) José Mourinho (POR)

Referee

Howard Webb (ENG)

Assistant referees

Michael Mullarkey (ENG), Stephen Child (ENG)

Fourth official

Mike Dean (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Martin Atkinson (ENG), Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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