Gomez's late goal leads Bayern past Real 2-1
MUNICH (AP) -- 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 the first leg of their semifinal.
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.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho called Gomez's goal a "lucky punch'' and said a draw would have been a fair result.
"But football is about goals and it doesn't matter if they come in the first or last minute,'' Mourinho said.
Franck Ribery opened the scoring in the 17th minute for Bayern Munich and Mesut Oezil equalized in the 53rd.
The second leg is next week in Madrid.
Bayern has won 14 of its last 15 games in Munich, where Real has never won in 10 attempts. The Spaniards have only one win from 23 visits to Germany - a 3-2 victory at Bayer Leverkusen in September 2000.
Bayern now has 11 wins from 19 meetings between the great rivals - including nine from those 10 games in Munich.
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.''
Gomez knocked the ball in after Philipp Lahm broke through on the right and sent in a low cross. The striker powered through to extend his right leg and prod the ball home from close range.
Ribery slotted in a shot from inside the penalty area after Real had failed to clear a corner from Toni Kroos, with Sergio Ramos practically chesting the ball down for the Frenchman to score the first goal.
Mourinho said the goal was a "clear offside,'' although Luiz Gustavo did not interfere with play.
The equalizer came with Bayern's defense looking uncharacteristically in disarray. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer stopped Cristiano Ronaldo's effort but could not hold on to the ball. Real regained possession, with Mesut Oezil passing to Karim Benzema, who found Ronaldo again and the Real star passed across the goal for Oezil to score from two meters (yards) out.
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