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Relief for Gomez

Drought ends with four-goal tally

Soon-to-be Bayern striker Mario Gomez ended a barren spell of 829 minutes without a goal for Germany in spectacular fashion on Tuesday. “A year without scoring and then four goals tonight – that’s football,” the player said after the meeting with the UAE in Dubai: “It’s good the curse has finally lifted.”

After the blessed relief of a rain of goals in his last international outing as a VfB Stuttgart player, the Munich new boy even felt able to joke about his “tough period” without netting. “I’m even more relieved about the goal in the 92nd minute, otherwise it would have been another 45 minutes without a goal,” the 23-year-old quipped.

First goal in 15 months

Germany’s entertaining 7-2 victory over the Emirates came as a massive relief, the player admitted. “Naturally, it’s a huge weight off my shoulders,” said Gomez, who thanked his team-mates and coach Joachim Löw for their continuing faith: “It’s not something you take for granted.”

Mario scored against Switzerland on 26 March 2008, but the goals dried up for the normally prolific marksman after that. “Thank goodness for the Bundesliga,” he remarked. “I was never close to despair, but you do start thinking about these things.”