Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has revealed that Mario Gomez's late winner against Real Madrid in Tuesday night's Champions League semi-final first-leg win felt like atonement after last week's agonising Bundesliga defeat by Borussia Dortmund.
The Bavarians saw their domestic title dreams crushed by a dramatic 1-0 loss at the Westfalenstadion in which Robben first missed an 82-minute penalty before then skying a late chance from just a couple of metres out.
Consequently, Robben felt that Bayern were due a change of fortune in front of goal and it promptly arrived against Los Blancos at the Allianz Arena when Gomez slotted home with just seconds of normal time remaining to hand the hosts a precious 2-1 first-leg advantage.
“Last week's defeat was a pity and that's football," the Dutchman told Sat1. "But it was a kind of atonement today.
"It was good result and now we have to maintain our focus for the return leg because it will be a tight game in Madrid.
"But we have a chance. We're ready and showed tonight what we're able to do. We'll give everything in a full Bernabeu."
Meanwhile, Robben admitted that while he had not been at his best on the night, he had enjoyed lining out against his former club.
"It was very special to play against Real,” the Netherlands international admitted. “It was hard for the team, perhaps even harder for me, but it was important to win and play a good game and we did that."
Bayern's clash with Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu takes place on next Wednesday, with the game scheduled to kick off at 20.45CET.