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Overjoyed Mario

Gomez returns to the thick of the action

With little over ten minutes to play at the Mestalla stadium on Tuesday, Bayern had just gone a goal down to Valencia, prompting Jupp Heynckes to play his final ace. Mario Gomez took over from Franck Ribéry in a last effort to salvage something from the match. Thomas Müller duly sealed FCB's passage to the Round of 16 with the equaliser three minutes later – and the assist was provided by Gomez.

“After they scored, I had a feeling the coach would bring me on. I'm overjoyed we managed to equalise," said the striker after his first competitive appearance for Bayern in almost exactly six months: his most recent run-out for the club was the Champions League final against Chelsea on 19 May. “It's a great feeling to be back again," continued Mario.