Late Gomez Goal Sinks Internazionale

Mario Gomez scored a late winner to give Bayern Munich a 1-0 win at the titleholders, Internazionale, in their last 16 first-leg match, a repeat of last year's European Cup final.

Inter's goalkeeper Júlio Cesar failed to hold a long-range shot from Arjen Robben and Gomez pounced on the rebound to score in the final minute. Bayern, 2-0 losers in Madrid last season to the team then coached by Jose Mourinho, looked more dangerous throughout, although the Italian side also created openings.

Robben said he thought Bayern had been the better team throughout and deserved their win, although there is still a long way to go. "We expect Italian teams to play very defensive and very compact. Tonight was very important, they are an Italian team and very dangerous. The tie isn't over yet," he said.

Inter had an early chance when the defender Andrea Ranocchia side-footed wide from a free kick but Bayern then got into the game. Luiz Gustavo was twice close while Franck Ribery headed against the crossbar from Robben's curling cross.

Samuel Eto'o was Inter's most threatening player and he also a penalty appeal turned down. He created a good chance for Esteban Cambiasso and then produced a brilliant reflex save from Thomas Kraft before half-time. Full-back Maicon had Inter's best first-half chance in stoppage time, when was given a clear shot on goal but fired wide.

Robben hit a post early in the second half, then struck another effort over the crossbar after cutting inside with one of his trademark runs. In between times, Inter missed an easy chance when Eto'o had another shot saved by Kraft and Cambiasso, unmarked, fired over the rebound. Inter finished with a flourish as Thiago Motta was foiled by Kraft and an Eto'o shot went agonisingly wide.

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