Atletico Madrid produced a great display to defeat Bayern Munich 1-0 at the Vicente Calderon in the first leg of their semifinal of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night and take a slim advantage into the return leg next week Tuesday at the Allianz Arena.
Atletico’s Saul Niguez scored the game’s only goal in the 11th minute when he finished his beautiful individual effort with a low shot from inside the box. The ball flew off the post into the bottom left corner and Manuel Neuer could not do anything with it.
Bayern’s travelling fans hoped for an equaliser when Douglas Costa bent his freekick round the Atletico wall in the 25th minute but the ball only hit the sidenet.
Philip Lahm’s call for a penalty through the handling of the ball in the Atletico box but referee Mark Clattenburg waved play on.
David Alaba rattled the crossbar with a long range effort nine minutes into the second half, Jan Oblak was beaten but luckily for the Spanish side, it was not a Bayern equaliser.
There was no Bayern Munich player to convert Robert Lewandowski’s cross-shot in the 63rd minute after a pass from Arturo Vidal.
Douglas Costa attempted a lob over Jan Oblak from a Philip Lahm pass but the ball rested on top of the net from his effort while Oblak kept out an Arturo Vidal shot soon afterwards.
Fernando Torres went close to making it 2-0 with an individual brilliance in the 75th minute but the post denied him, Koke’s rebound was however saved by Manuel Nueur.
With 10 minutes left on the clock, Alaba again went for a shot but his attempt was out of target. Mehdi Benatia and Vidal also went close before the end of the game.
Diego Simeone’s Atlético have reached the last four for the second time in three years, Bayern are appearing at this stage for the fifth season in a row.