Mario Gómez nearly put this match away. In the 62nd minute, his volley from 17 yards out was parried by Júlio César, keeping the score 2-1 (3-1), but a few feet to either side of the goalkeeper, and the German's well-struck ball would have ended Inter Milan's defense. Instead, Bayern maintains their lead.
The chance came on a ball played behind the defense to the left of goal, with a hard-working Franck Ribéry saving the ball. The winger chipped a ball back toward the middle, over Thomas Müller, to Mario Gómez at the edge of the penalty area. The striker got his knee above a ball just under knee-high, putting a bullet straight at César. The `keeper's punch kept Milan within two.
One minute later, Milan halved the lead. Coutinho, coming in from the left, played a ball to the right of the area. Samuel Eto'o took a touch and, rather than taking on Danijel Pranjic, laid a ball off for an oncoming Wesley Sneijder. The Dutch attacker's first shot was a perfect ball, finding Thomas Kraft's lower right hand corner from 20 yards out. With the first meaningful threat they had mounted since the match's third minute, the defending champions are within one goal of advancing.