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Top scorer race

Gomez hopeful of catching rival Huntelaar

In the 32nd minute of Bayern's meeting with Stuttgart on Saturday, Thomas Müller charged towards the visitors’ goal and might have scored for himself. Instead, he looked up and picked out the unmarked Mario Gomez, who slotted home the opening goal, his 26th league strike of the season. It also put him ahead in the Bundesliga scoring charts.

Just seconds later, a score flashed up on the Allianz Arena video screens: Schalke 1 Berlin 0, goalscorer Huntelaar. Groans filled the Munich stadium, because the Hunter had equalised in the battle to win the cannon-shaped trophy awarded to the top scorer. Later, Gomez was substituted at half-time after putting in a 120 minute shift against Madrid in midweek, but Klaas-Jan Huntelaar completed his brace with three minutes remaining in Gelsenkirchen, taking him onto 27 for the season to Gomez’ 26.