Bayern down Real in first leg
18 April 2012, 16:46
Munich - Striker Mario Gomez pounced from close range in the final
minute to give Bayern Munich a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid in the first
leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday.
Gomez converted Philipp Lahm's low cross to hand Bayern a slender lead to take into the return leg next week in Madrid.
Ribery fired the Bavarians ahead in the 17th minute after Real's
defence, hesitant throughout the match, failed to deal with a corner.
had chances to increase their lead but were instead pegged back when
Mesut Ozil scored in the 53rd minute from close range following some
sloppy home defending.
Bayern continued to press forward in a
match littered with high tackles, theatrical dives and harassment of
match officials from both sets of players.
Bayern were penned
into their own half for the first quarter of an hour and the home crowd
breathed a collective sigh of relief when Karim Benzema's shot was
punched over by Manuel Neuer.
But the hosts quickly evened things
up and went ahead when Ribery, who two minutes earlier had a penalty
appeal turned down, fired home from around the penalty spot.
sent one free kick over the crossbar and another into the Bayern wall,
but Real were in trouble at the back and a Bastian Schweinsteiger shot
flashed wide of their goal from 25 metres.
In the run-up to
half-time, Toni Kroos carried the ball from his own half and slipped it
to Gomez, whose left-foot shot was superbly turned away by Iker
Bayern started the second half brightly with Robben cutting inside and firing over the bar from just outside the area.
But some dreadful defending by the Bavarians allowed Real to equalise in the next move.
had a poor effort saved by Neuer but Bayern failed to clear, Benzema
played it to the far post when Ronaldo pulled it back for Ozil, also
unmarked, to equalise.
Gomez headed over from close range as
Bayern, whose Allianz Arena hosts the final, exerted strong pressure and
the hosts finally got their reward after Lahm had wriggled free on the