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Bayern snatch late win over Real Madrid

Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez pounced from close range in the final minute to give his team a 2-1...

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Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez pounced from close range in the final minute to give his team 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.

Winger Franck Ribery fired the Bavarians ahead in the 17th minute after Real's defence, hesitant throughout the match, failed to deal with a corner.

Bayern 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.

Gomez rewarded Bayern's persistence but Real manager Jose Mourinho was not too downcast in defeat.

"It was a match that did not leave me with negative feelings," he told Spanish television.

"It was a match that I don't think we deserved to lose but we lost and football is like that."

Mourinho said he was "optimistic" that Real would turn the tie around at home.

"We'll have a tough game but as I said we don't have to get a crazy result, we have to play a good match and win 1-0 or 2-0 or 3-1.

"I think the team has the capacity to do it."

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