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Champions League: Bayern Munich 2 Real Madrid 1

17 April 2012 23:16

A last-gasp strike from Mario Gomez has handed Bayern Munich a 2-1 win over Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

The hosts delighted the fans at Allianz Arena on Tuesday when they the opened scoring through Franck Ribery in the 17th minute, but Real Madrid showed great resilience and pulled back a vital away goal through Mesut Oezil early in the second half.

Bayern, however, assumed pole-position in the tie when Gomez slotted home a 90th-minute winner and they kept intact their record of never having lost to Real Madrid at home

It was the visitors who settled quickest and began to control possession.

With seven minutes played, Bastian Schweinsteiger gave the ball away in his own half and Angel Di Maria took the opportunity to slip a pass through to Karim Benzema, but the Frenchman's effort was tipped over by Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

The crowd was incensed when Ribery saw a claim for a penalty turned down in the 15th minute but frustration turned to elation just two minutes later as the Bavarians took the lead.

Toni Kroos' corner was not dealt with by Sergio Ramos and the ball fell to Ribery who rifled a low shot past Iker Casillas from 12 yards.

Bayern remained solid and were getting a lot of joy in the wide areas but Jose Mourinho's men regained their composure to end the half on a brighter note.

Real's best chance during this spell came as Benzema cut inside of David Alaba to the right of the goal but he could only muster a tame effort straight at the 'keeper, who held comfortably.

With five first-half minutes remaining, Gomez burst in on the left-hand side of the area but his shot was kept out by a diving Casillas.

Real began the next period in a similar vein and drew level in the 53rd minute.

The Bayern defence was caught ball-watching as Benzema's mis-hit shot committed Neuer to the far post. Cristiano Ronaldo managed to reach the effort and cut the ball back into the danger area for Oezil to tap into a vacant net.

Mourinho's men were beginning to pose a great threat on the counterattack as they limited the hosts to a number of speculative crosses into the box.

But that almost paid dividends for Bayern when Kroos whipped in a fantastic free kick from wide on the left after 71 minutes. Ramos failed to clear the danger and was fortunate that Gomez could not keep his instinctive shot below the bar, blazing over from just outside the six-yard box.

The visitors became more conservative as they looked to hold on for a draw but Bayern continued to pile on the pressure and reaped the reward in the 90th minute.

After missing two headers earlier in the game, Gomez remained positive and was on hand to slide the ball into the back of the net from close range after some superb play on the wing by Philipp Lahm created space for a cross.

The result means Bayern take a slim advantage into the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on April 25.

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