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Gomez marks return with well-taken goal

Postby FCBayernNews » Mon Nov 23, 2009 8:45 pm

After scoring, Mario Gomez had to shake off Bastian Schweinsteiger and swerve his way past a knot of delighted team-mates before reaching his intended destination, the Bayern dugout. Andreas Ottl had risen from the bench and was standing on the touchline, waiting to high-five the Germany international. Only then did Gomez accept the other players' congratulations on opening the scoring against Bayer Leverkusen.

But why did Gomez run half the length of the pitch to greet Ottl? "Andi said beforehand I was going to score, so I wanted to thank him first," the striker explained. "Obviously, I'm unbelievably pleased for him," said the prophet Ottl. "We get on extremely well away from the field of play and occasionally do a few things together."

Ottl and Gomez have shared the rather less positive experience of watching matches from the dugout of late. Alongside Philipp Lahm, Gomez is in fact the only player to have featured in the squad for all 20 games so far this term, but he has been among the subs for half of them. Between the match on 12 September away to Borussia Dortmund and Sunday's Leverkusen clash, Gomez only made the Bundesliga starting line-up for the game in late October away to his former club Stuttgart.

The former VfB man took his total for the league season to four on Sunday. "I suddenly had the ball at my feet. I saw a gap at the far post and just tried to aim there," said the 24-year-old. Eight minutes had been played when the battling Miroslav Klose forced the ball into space on the left edge of the Bayer box. Gomez reacted with the true striker's instinct, beating onrushing keeper Rene Adler with a flick of the outside of his left boot. "I was even more delighted because it was such a good finish," the scorer enthused.

Each of Gomez' Bundesliga goals has been Bayern's first of the match. "But at the end of the day, it only brought us a point," he said ruefully after the 1-1 draw with the leaders. The hitman was only denied a first brace in a Bayern shirt, and what would in all probability have been the winning goal, by Germany number one Adler's world-class reflex save five minutes from time, keeping out Gomez's clever close range backheel.

The two players in question swapped shirts and chatted away for a while after the final whistle, clearly replaying and debating the crucial scene. "He said to me I could have done him a favour and let it in," reported Adler, "but one Gomez goal is enough." Fine if you're from Leverkusen, but less so if you support Bayern.
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