Bayern Munich were stunned at Allianze Arena on Tuesday, when reigning champions Inter Milan surged a late comeback to win on away goals after the scores were tied 3-3 on aggregate.
The UEFA Champions League last-16 tie looked over when Bayern came off the first leg at the San Siro with a 1-0 win. However, the second leg panned out in a manner that can't be scripted. Inter opened the scoring within 3 minutes, when Samuel Eto'o put a neat first-time finish into the far corner. However, Bayern hit back on 21 minutes when Inter keeper Julio Cesar failed to handle a routine shot from Robben, and Gomez was at hand to lob the ball over the keeper with his back to goal.
Ten minutes later, Bayern were soaring, thanks to a mistake by Lucio. He tried to deviate a Robben cross from the left flank, but only managed to set it on the path of Thomas Muller who expertly finished with a dink over Cesar. Despite their superiority, Bayern's finishing let them down. Before half-time, Robben and Ribery both had great opportunities, but neither capitalized. They would rue the mistakes after the next forty-five minutes.
Early in the second half, Gomez took Ribery's cross with a full-volley, drawing a great save from Cesar. Bayern looked the better side in the opening minutes of the second half. But it was Inter who struck next. On the 63rd minute, Sneijder placed a beautiful finish into the far post from 25 yards out, and the score was tied 2-2, with Bayern leading 3-2 on aggregate. Inter were closer than ever now, and the goal seemed to instil belief into the holders.
A late rally ensued in which Bayern were pegged back, with Inter missing chances through Sneijder and Pandev. Bayern were limited to counter-attacks in small numbers and Inter made them pay when Eto'o crossed from the left for Pandev to gloriously fire into the top corner. It completed a remarkable comeback, as the holders went through on away goals after an aggregate scoreline of 3-3.