Saul Niguez’s first-half solo strike sufficiently demonstrated to hand Atletico Madrid a slender 1-0 triumph over Bayern Munich in the primary leg of their Champions League semi-last at Vicente Calderon.
The Spain Under-21 worldwide’s initial marvel objective gave the Spanish side the edge in front of one week from now’s second leg at the Allianz Arena.
Arturo Vidal came nearest to mesh an equalizer for Pep Guardiola’s side however the home safeguard strived to keep his and his fellow team members’ endeavors out as they recorded their fifth back to back clean sheet.
Diego Simeone’s hosts started to press from the begin and Fernando Torres verged on opening the scoring in the initial five minutes however his penetrated shot from 20 yards out was hindered by David Alaba.
It didn’t enjoy long for Atleti to reprieve the gridlock as 21-year-old midfielder Niguez tackled the Bayern guard alone from 40 yards out, spilled the ball past three more adversaries before twisting it into the base corner with a lovely complete past the jumping Manuel Neuer to hand his side the lead following 11 minutes.
Bayern practically leveled two minutes after the fact before Vidal’s header was conveyed for a corner and Xabi Alonso’s subsequent set-piece was at long last attempted was gathered by home goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
Vidal won a free-kick simply inside the right touchline which was taken by Douglas Costa however he was simply short as he let go into the side mesh as Bayern hoped to get once again into the match halfway through the principal half.
The Bavarians kept on squeezing for an equalizer as the half wore on yet Philipp Lahm’s exertion was hindered by Jose Gimenez, w hile – down at the flip side – Antoine Griezmann ‘s short proximity exertion was toe-tipped to security after a break for Atletico.
Oblak was called vigorously again 10 minutes before the break as he made a plunging recovery to deny on-credit Juventus youngster Kingsley Coman before Vidal discharged a shot wide.
Javi Martinez welled to take goalscorer Niguez’s check off for a corner before it achieved the holding up Koke at the close post, while Juan Bernat sent the ball cruising high over the crossbar just before the break.
The guests began the second a large portion of the brightest as Guardiola’s half-time group talk hoped to have had an effect, Alaba’s long-go strike just denied by Oblak’s crossbar eight minutes in.
Minutes after the fact, the Atletico manager welled to hold out Javi Martinez’s header and clutch his perfect sheet for somewhat more as the German side kept on ruling ownership.
Robert Lewandowski was terrible as his exertion over Oblak’s objective moved only wide before Guardiola brought on Franck Ribery for Coman with an end goal to sack an equalizer.
Bayern’s dissatisfactions began to show signs of improvement of them and Vidal yielded a free-kick with 20 minutes to go for cutting down Gabi however Douglas sent his feeble shot over the bar as the home side hunt down objective number two.
Torres then struck the post from short proximity and – on the bounce back – Koke’s bored shot was easily kept out by a jumping Neuer.
Bayern combat on for a leveler yet Oblak denied Vidal late on as the home side hung on for a thin triumph.