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Gomez now FCB's top Champions League scorer

As of Tuesday evening, Mario Gomez is Bayern’s all-time top scorer in the Champions League. The Germany international’s close-range strike shortly after the break against Barcelona was his 23rd in Europe’s elite club competition, taking him past the club’s previous most prolific goalscorer, Giovane Elber. The Brazilian remains second in the ranking on 22 goals. Gomez poses his biggest threat in front of the home faithful: 14 of his last 15 Champions League goals were scored at the Allianz Arena.

Mandzukic resumes squad programme
Mario Mandzukic resumed the squad training programme at the club on Wednesday. The Croat bruised a hamstring in the DFB Cup semi-final victory over VfL Wolfsburg eight days ago and was forced to scale back his training load. Mandzukic, the club’s leading scorer on 20 goals in all competitions, is expected to be fit in time for the home meeting with SC Freiburg this Saturday.

Record viewing figures for Sky
Bayern’s sensational 4-0 triumph against Barça provided subscription TV station Sky Germany with a new record viewing audience. 1.54 million fans watched the Champions League semi-final between the two giants of the European game, a remarkable 5.4 percent share of the total German viewing audience. Sky’s previous record audience for a Champions League match was 1.14 million for the dramatic Dortmund-Malaga clash.

Twitterati send congrats
Tuesday’s gala display against Barcelona attracted gushing praise for Bayern from the great and good in the world of sport, mainly via Twitter. “Jupp Heynckes is the best!!! Bayern haven’t played better that that for a long, long time!“ twittered former Wimbledon winner and lifelong FCB fan Boris Becker. “Bravo Bayern. One word: World-class,“ wrote ex-Munich midfielder Dietmar Hamann. German NBA basketball star Dirk Nowitzki favoured a chant: “Ole ole ole ole!”