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  Tuesday, 2 April, 2002, 20:46 GMT 21:46 UK
Bayern comeback stuns Real
Giovane Elber takes on the Real Madrid defence
Giovane Elber was a constant thorn in Real's side
Bayern Munich 2-1 Real Madrid
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Bayern Munich scored twice in the last 10 minutes to beat favourites Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Cameroon international Geremi put Real ahead in the 11th minute with a low drive from the edge of the box.

And when Bayern skipper Steffan Effenberg missed a penalty on 72 minutes, the Germans looked to be heading for defeat.

But Effenberg attoned for that miss with an equaliser 10 minutes later.


My players showed a lot of character
Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld
And Claudio Pizarro hit the winner two minutes from time to give Bayern their sixth victory over Real in their last seven encounters.

Bayern's coach, Ottmar Hitzfeld, said one of his team's greatest virtues was to fight until the very end.

"We again confirmed that we never give up, we've won many games in the final minutes," Hitzfeld said.

"We stepped up the pressure in the second half, but it was hard to find openings.

"Real are a fine team and they were defending with nine men.

"We hit the bar and missed the penalty and a lot of teams would have given up after that, but my players showed a lot of character," Hitzfeld said.

Real were without injured world footballer fo the year Luis Figo, but still dominated the first half.

Giovane Elber carried Bayern's lone threat before the break but the defending champions turned up the heat on the resumption.

  Match facts
11 mins: Geremi gives Real an early lead
70 mins: Elber heads against the bar for Bayern
72 mins: Bayern captain Effenberg misses a penalty
82 mins: Effenberg scores a close-range equaliser
88 mins: Pizarro grabs Bayern's winner
Cesar Sanchez saved from Elber before the Brazilian crashed a header against the bar from Bixente Lizarazu's cross.

Two minutes later, Bayern earned a dubious penalty when Hasan Salihamidzic pushed the ball past Pavon and tumbled over the Real defender's foot.

But Sanchez saved Effenberg's spot kick, diving low to his left.

The Real goalkeeper made another fine save in the 74th minute, again foiling Elber, Bayern's most threatening player.

And when Effenberg equalised with eight minutes to play, it was Elber who was the creator.

His neat through ball by-passed Fernando Hiero and Pavon, leaving Effenberg to slam it home from close range.

Cesar denied Elber again but Real's defence was crumbling and finally fell in the 88th minute.

Substitute Pizarro played a headed one-two with Elber and beat Cesar with a low shot to give Bayern a slender lead to take to the Bernabeu.


Bayern Munich: Kahn, Sagnol, Lizarazu, Kuffour, Elber, Effenberg, Robert Kovac, Sergio, Jeremies, Hargreaves, Santa Cruz. Subs: Dreher, Niko Kovac, Pizarro, Fink, Tarnat, Salihamidzic, Linke.

Real Madrid: Cesar, Salgado, Carlos, Hierro, Zidane, Helguera, Raul, Geremi, Solari, Makelele, Pavsn. Subs: Casillas, McManaman, Morientes, Guti, Flavio, Karanka, Munitis.

Referee: H Dallas (Scotland).

 VOTE RESULTS
Will an English club lift the European Cup?

Yes
 65.26% 

No
 34.74% 

39623 Votes Cast

Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion

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