Atletico Madrid took a first leg advantage as they defeat Bayern Munich 1-0 in the semifinal of the UEFA Champions League at the Vicente Calderon.
Diego Simeone’s men defeated Barcelona in the last round courtesy of a 3-2 aggregate success and have won their last five games while Bayern Munich are unbeaten in their last 11 outings and are in the semi-finals of the competition for the fifth year in a row.
Atletico was in the front as a Manuel Neuer was called into action by former Chelsea forward Fernando Torres and the German goalkeeper came out tops as he gathered a tame effort.
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However, the home side raced into the lead as Saul Niguez jinked in between three Bayern players with magnificent footwork before getting into the box and curled it in off the post.
The Bavarians immediately pushed for the equaliser – a cross found Arturo Vidal in the middle, he loops it towards the far corner, but Gimenez flies in to nod it over his own crossbar.
Bayern dominated the first half but were unable to breakdown the well-marshalled defence of the home side.
The away side started the second half brighter and nearly got an equalizer as Austrian Captain David Alaba hits a hot from 35-yards which beat the keeper but came off the crossbar.
Pep Guardiola threw on Franck Ribery and Thomas Mullar for Coman and Thiago Alcantara respectively. Diego Costa and Vidal forced Jan Oblak into smart saves as they seek for the all-important away goal.
At the other end, Antoine Griezmann found Torres, who cuts inside past Alaba before going for goal with the outside of his boot – his shot beats Neuer, but the ball came back off the post and Koke failed to score from the rebound. The away side pile-up pressure but Simeone’s men held out for a vital first leg win.