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Gomez’ late goal leads Bayern past Real 2-1
Mario Gomez scored in the 90th minute Tuesday to hand Real Madrid its first loss in the Champions league this season and give Bayern Munich a 2-1 win in a pulsating first leg of the semifinal between two sides with a combined 13 titles.
Gomez’s 12th goal of this year’s competition boosted Bayern’s hopes of becoming the first team to play the Champions League final at its own stadium and earn its fifth title.
Franck Ribery opened the scoring in the 17th minute for Bayern Munich and Mesut Oezil equalized in the 53rd.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho called Gomez’s goal a “lucky punch” and said a draw would have been a fairer result.
Despite Real’s defeat, the away goal could be decisive for the nine-time champions. “It’s not a bad result but it means we have to win at home and turn it around,” Mourinho said. “It’s not the biggest turnaround in history but we still have to do it. We can achieve this. We are at home. Real plays to win, at home or away.”
“It was clear from the start that it would be an exciting, open game between two champion teams,” said Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes, who guided Real to the title in 1998. “In my opinion, we deserved to win and we beat a great team. We played with hunger, passion and ambition.”
Heynckes promised his team would continue to attack in Madrid.
The second leg is next week in Madrid.
Bayern now has 11 wins from 19 meetings between the great rivals — including nine from those 10 games in Munich.
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