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Gomez inspires Bayern to 3-0 victory

Reuters, BERLIN

Bayern Munich’s Phillip Lahm scores from a spot-kick against Nuremberg during their Bundesliga match in Munich, Germany, on Sunday.

PHOTO: REUTERS

Mario Gomez kept up his Bayern Munich revival when he scored twice and won a penalty to inspire the Bundesliga champions to a 3-0 win over Nuremberg on Sunday.

Gomez, who has scored seven goals in his last five league appearances, missed out on a hat-trick when he skied a penalty over the bar late in a match which also saw Franck Ribery make his return after an injury layoff of nearly two months.

Papiss Demba Cisse scored an stoppage-time winner, his 10th goal of the season, to give surprise package SC Freiburg a 1-0 win at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in Sunday’s other game and lift them to fourth.

Bayern’s win took them up to sixth, but still 12 points behind the leaders, who were described as lucky by coach Louis van Gaal after the match.

“They have had a lot of luck, they have scored a lot of late goals, but they also have a good team,” the flamboyant Dutchman said. “They also have good organization, a good coach and they give everything.”

Gomez opened his account after 10 minutes when he scored at the far post from Danijel Pranjic’s cross, but the rest of the first half was disappointing, with a Martin Demichelis header the only time that Bayern threatened again.

Nuremberg started the second half well, with Julian Schieber skying one chance over the bar and hitting a second straight at Joerg Butt, before Bayern regained control.

In the 67th minute, Gomez ran on to Pranjic’s pass, was felled by goalkeeper Raphael Schaefer and Philipp Lahm converted.

Ribery, who has been out of action since Sept. 21 with a torn right ankle ligament, came on shortly afterwards. He nearly set up a chance almost immediately, then provided the corner for Gomez to head the third.

Bayern should have added to their tally when Bastian Schweinsteiger fired wide, before Gomez hit his penalty wildly over the bar — Bayern’s fifth miss in their last eight penalties.

“Ribery gave a very good substitute’s performance, creating two clear scoring chances,” van Gaal said.

In the other match, Senegal forward Cisse scored with almost the last kick off the game, firing into the roof of the net from 12m to give Freiburg the points.

Cisse is second in the scoring charts, one behind Eintracht Frankfurt’s Theofanis Gekas.

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