FT: Atletico 1-0 Bayern Munich. Saul's early solo goal gives the Madrid side the advantage after they produced an incredible rearguard action to deny the Bavarians. It's Simeone 1-0 Guardiola in the battle of footballing philosophies, but the Spaniard can still win the war when they reconvene for the second leg in Germany next week.
- 2nd Half
- 1st Half
Atlético Madrid - FC Bayern Munich
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Another chance for Bayern... A long ball drops for Vidal on the edge of the box but he miscues his side foot and it bobbles through to a grateful Oblak. Atletico clinging on.
Benatia ghosts into the area to meet a left-wing cross but can only guide his header straight at Oblak.
Bayern pushing but it looks like being to no avail.
Simeone's phone dropped out of his pocket on the touchline. Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase 'Better call Saul!'
Alaba fires a deep cross towards the far post. No Bayern player in sight. Oblak reaches into the sky and gathers it to his chest. Four minutes added.
PHOTO: The moment the net bulged. Saul's strike from behind the goal.
Vidal booked. Atletico so close now!
PHOTO: Will Bayern be left lamenting this near miss from Alaba?
PHOTO: Torres almost makes it two.
Simeone's stock just gets higher. The coach orchestrates the crowd from the touchline. It's a real love affair.
Saul's last act sees him booked before being replaced by Thomas Partey.
Atletico closing in on a first-leg advantage to take to Munich.
Neuer races off his line to confront the referee in the melee and earns himself a yellow too. Bayern's frustration boiling over.
Benatia booked for a lunging challenge on Koke.
Torres has some hand bags with Neuer after being flagged offside. The keeper is keen to get on with it and gives the forward a dismissive look.
Alaba with another strike from 25 yards that he drills way off target. More frowns from Bayern players.
Atletico still lead with 10 to go after enjoying just 29 per cent possession.
Guardiola is looking anxious on the touchline. He's used all three subs now. He can only watch and hope...
PHOTO: Fans greet Atletico at kick off. A great way to inspire their heroes. It's worked for 70+ minutes.
BAYERN CHANGE: Benatia on for Bernat.
OFF THE POST! Torres leads the counter and cuts in from the right before firing a shot against the far post. It rebounds to Koke who can't beat Neuer with a tame follow up from the edge of the area.
The crowd beginning to raise the volume again as the clock ticks down. They can see the finish line now.
Vidal thumps a right-foot 25-yard drive towards the top corner that Oblak does well to push away with two fists.
Koke's delivery is easily headed clear. Bayern look to break but the home side do just enough to funnel back and resume their defensive shape.
Respite for the home side as they win a corner on the right. Koke will take his time over this.
Refused the temptation to greet Muller's arrival with the old cliche...
A fast break down the right sees the ball fed into the run of Costa in the area, but the Brazilian's lobbed first-time attempt drops a few yards over the bar.
BAYERN SUB: Thiago off, Muller on.
PHOTO: This moment seems a LONG time ago now.
Still plenty of time for Bayern to get that away goal. Atletico must be tiring with so long left to play and very little ball retention.
Looking more and more amazing that Thomas Muller didn't start. The German star has scored 15 goals in his last 17 Champions League starts.
BAYERN CHANGE: Ribery on for Coman.
Meanwhile, attack versus defence continues in this second half.....
Bayern's woodwork woe is nothing new according to Squawka...
DID YOU KNOW? Atletico have kept a clean sheet in 13 of their last 15 Champions League matches at the Calderón. Benfica’s Gonçalo Guedes is the last player to score past Jan Oblak at Atlético’s ground, that was over 500 minutes ago.
Another disappointing from Alonso. Atletico clear but it's not sticking for Torres or Griezmann. Bayern come again...
Great play from Coman. The Frenchman surges into the right side of the area but sees his drilled attempt blocked behind for a corner.
PHOTO: Alaba reacts to THAT shot.
Will Lewanadowski spark into life? Bayern attacking incessantly now.
Martinez rises high to meet a left-wing corner but sees his firm downward header well saved by Oblak.
Whistles from the home crowd as Bayern probe. It was a similar story v Barca in the last round. If any defence can hold out it's this, particularly when you get lucky with shots such as Alaba's!
WOODWORK! Alaba lets rip with a stonking left-foot 40-yarder than cannons back off the crossbar. So unlucky.
Pep patrolling his technical area, arms folded. He can't be far off making a change. There's a wealth of talent on that Bayern bench.
More Bayern pressure but Costa's fizzing cross is snatched out of the air by Oblak.
PHOTO: Coman half chance.
Torres tries to lead an Atletico counter but the support doesn't catch up quick enough and the ball deflects through to Neuer.
Bayern dictating the play but with more urgency in their passing.
More danger for the hosts. Bayern have made a bright start to the second period. Lewandowski drifts a low ball in from the left. Vidal arrives late and drags a shot-cross back into the middle that the home defence hack to safety.
Alonso's deep corner is headed back into the middle for Coman who can only nod wide under pressure.
KICK OFF! Atletico restart the contest.
PHOTO: The talk of the town tonight!
HT: Atletico 1-0 Bayern. Saul's sublime solo strike separates the sides. The gameplan is working a treat for Simeone who has had the tactical edge over Guardiola so far.
One minute added. Simeone screaming at the referee to blow his whistle and end the half. Strange to see that in the first 45!
Another poor delivery from the resulting left-wing corner. Bayern break but Vidal's angled pass for Lewandowski is well cut out by Giminez.
Koke flicks on Saul's low cross at the near post. It hits a Bayern defender and ricochets out for a corner. It could have gone anywhere.
Bayern players cutting forlorn figures as the Calderon continues to bounce. Simeone's gameplan is working a treat in this first half.
A quiet night so far for Lewandowski who has failed to score in seven of his last eight Champions League games outside the Allianz Arena.
Koke whips the resulting left wing free kick towards the far post but Neuer strides off his line and plucks it out of the air with real authority. The deliveries just haven't been up to scratch.
First yellow card of the night goes to Costa for dragging his studs down the ankle of Saul.
Bayern with over 70 per cent possession, but they have barely threatened.
Thiago arcs a high free kick into a packed area but it's much too close to Oblak and the keeper gets a strong pair of hands on the ball.
Free kick to Bayern on the left flank.... Thiago over it.
This one's not going to scoring form so far: Bayern Munich, the top attacking side in this Champions League campaign (28 goals), had scored exactly twice as many goals as Atlético (14) in the 2015/16 edition - until tonight. Atletico now have 15....
PHOTO: The man of the night thus far.
Bayern break from an Atletico free kick. Coman powers to the right byline but his low cross is too close to Oblak and well smothered by the stopper.
Great stat via Infostrada: Atletico Madrid have only squandered a home lead four times in the Champions League. They drew 2-2 against both FC Porto (2008/09) and Chelsea in (2009/10) and lost to Benfica (2-1) last September and to Ajax (3-2 AET) in 1996/97.
PHOTO: Costa so close!
SAVE! Griezmann drives into the area and holds off Martinez before stabbing a low shot under pressure towards the near post that Neuer manages to block to safety.
Lahm's shot hit Augusto Fernandez but his arm was close to his body which probably influenced the official.
Lahm marauds forward and lets fly from 25 yards. The German's shot hits an Atletico body and he screams for a penalty. The referee shakes his head and play continues.
PHOTO: Saul's smile.
PHOTO: Saul's opener.
Costa spots Oblak moving off his line and curves a whipped free kick towards the near post and into the side netting. Good idea from the Brazilian. It had the Atletico keeper scrambling.
Free kick to Bayern on the right flank. Douglas Costa hovering over it...
SAUL STAT: The midfielder has now netted nine times this term.
Whistles for Bayern as they look to build from the back. The match is perfectly set up for Atletico to soak up the pressure and play on the counter.
SAUL STAT: All three of his CL goals have been openers. Only Cristiano Ronaldo (5) scored the first goal of a match more often in this CL campaign. Artem Dzyuba (Zenit) and teammate Antoine Griezmann have also scored three opening goals each.
Bayern pile men forward for a free kick 40 yards out but Alonso's curving free kick is meat and drink for Oblak.
Bayern still trying to settle down in this match. Atletico have looked dangerous every time they break forward while there are one or two stray passes the visitors will be aiming to cut out.
PHOTO: Bayern respond.
MORE AWAY DAY HELL FOR BAYERN? The Germans are winless in their last seven away games in the Champions League knockout stages (D4 L3).
That was Saul's third CL goal of the season. He'll have to go some way to better that any time soon.
VIDEO: Saul's solo strike.
The resulting corner comes to nothing and Atletico are able to gather their composure. The Calderon is rocking but was so close to having those joyous chants catch in their throats.
Bayern respond and almost level immediately. Gimenez redeems himself by heading off the line after his woeful attempted clearance had allowed Lewandowski the chance to nod an effort towards the top corner.
GOAL!!!!! Atletico take the lead. Saul Niguez scores a quite sublime solo goal, slaloming beyond two challenges and flummoxing Alaba with a stepover before curling a shot into the far corner via the post. Magnificent.
Torres causing problems once more. This time he jinks down the left before eventually losing out as Bayern doubled up on him. Lively stuff from the former Liverpool man who is bang in form at the moment.
Torres drifts down the right and majestically slaloms inside before scuffing a shot that Neuer easily gathers at his near post.
TOUGH NUT TO CRACK: Atletico Madrid have kept a clean sheet in 11 of their last 12 CL home matches, including the last four.
All eyes on the action now but the touchline showdown should be equally fascinating.
First shot in anger comes from Saúl Ñíguez but his long range effort is easily gathered by Manuel Neuer.
It comes to nothing but this is a better spell for the home side. They look like they can put this German defence to the test.
Free kick to Atletico just inside the Bayern half. Chance to float one into the area.
DID YOU KNOW? Guardiola has reached the semi-finals in each of his seven seasons as manager in the Champions League but has been knocked out at this stage in each of the last three campaigns. The last time he made it to the final was in 2010/11 with Barcelona (3-1 v Manchester Utd).
Bayern dictating possession from the start. This pattern was expected and looks all set to continue.
KICK OFF! Bayern get this semi final underway.
GOOD OMEN FOR DIEGO AND CO? Atlético Madrid have always progressed in their last six home/away knockout encounters with German sides in European competition. Dynamo Dresden were the last German team to eliminate them, back in the 1979/80 UEFA Cup first round.
STAT VIA INFOSTRADA: Philipp Lahm (104, including today) will surpass Oliver Kahn (103) as the German player to have appeared in most CL matches.
ATLETICO'S ATTACK: Fernando Torres has scored five goals in his last six matches while Antoine Griezmann has notched six in the Champions League this season (three braces). He’s been directly involved in 50% of Atlético’s goals in the competition, that’s seven out of 14 (six goals, one assist).
How will Atletico cope without Godin? The defender has made more interceptions (32) and defensive clearances (59) than any other defender in this season’s Champions League.
The road to the last four in pictures...
Bayern Munich have also completed 2392 more passes than Atlético in this season’s competition, the biggest differential in these semi-finals.
Atlético have won only one of their last six Champions League games in the knockout stages (D3 L2), their last outing against Barcelona (2-0). However, the Spanish side have won 12 of their 16 Champions League games at the Calderón under Diego Simeone (D3 L1).
SEMI STATS: Atlético Madrid have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League/European Cup for the fifth time. Meanwhile, it’s Bayern’s 18th appearance in the final four of the competition, only Real Madrid can boast more (27).
Late change to the Atletico bench.
Pep Guardiola: "Atletico have a big heart and a very good mentality. This is a top, top team. They are very, very dangerous. I know exactly how special Atletico's team is and with how much determination they play."
Diego Simeone: "Without Godin we lose authority. He is a really important man within the group, but at the same we have players who are doing well, and (Jose Maria) Gimenez is back with us (after injury)."
MUST-READ: Jonathan Wilson on this evening’s battle of styles.
DID YOU KNOW? Atlético Madrid and Bayern Munich’s only previous competitive encounter was in the 1974 European Cup final. The Bavarians were victorious 4-0 in a replay after the teams played out a 1-1 draw (after extra-time) in the initial final.
A carnival atmosphere already building at the Calderon.
TEAMS – ATLETICO MADRID: Oblak, Juanfran, Giménez, Savić, Filipe Luís, Gabi, Fernández, Saúl Ñíguez, Koke, Griezmann, Torres...Subs: Moya, O.Torres, Correa, Gamez, Gomez, Thomas, Vietto. /// BAYERN MUNICH: Neuer, Lahm, Martínez, Alaba, Bernat, Alonso, Vidal, Thiago, Coman, Costa, Lewandowski... Subs: Ulreich, Tasci, Benatia, Ribéry, Götze, Müller, Kimmich.
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