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Atletico Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich: Saul Niguez wonder goal puts Atletico ahead

Published 27/04/2016

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich fails to stop Saul Niguez of Atletico Madrid (not pictured) as he scores their first goal during the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Bayern Muenchen at Vincente Calderon on April 27, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich fails to stop Saul Niguez of Atletico Madrid (not pictured) as he scores their first goal during the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Bayern Muenchen at Vincente Calderon on April 27, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich fails to stop Saul Niguez of Atletico Madrid (not pictured) as he scores their first goal during the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Bayern Muenchen at Vincente Calderon on April 27, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Saul Niguez of Atletico Madrid celebrates as he scores their first goal during the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Bayern Muenchen at Vincente Calderon on April 27, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 27: Thomas Mueller of Bayern Munich reacts during the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Bayern Muenchen at Vincente Calderon on April 27, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich's forward Thomas Mueller (L), Bayern Munich's Austrian defender David Alaba (C) and Bayern Munich's midfielder Philipp Lahm walk after losing the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Bayern Munich at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANOJAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 27: Referee Mark Clattenburg shows a yellow card to Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich (1) during the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Bayern Muenchen at Vincente Calderon on April 27, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 27: Juanfran of Atletico Madrid chases down Franck Ribery of Bayern Munich during the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Bayern Muenchen at Vincente Calderon on April 27, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 27: Xabi Alonso of Bayern Munich appeals to referee Mark Clattenburg during the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Bayern Muenchen at Vincente Calderon on April 27, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (L) is cautioned with a yellow card during the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Bayern Munich at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANOJAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 27: Franck Ribery of Bayern Munich reacts during the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Bayern Muenchen at Vincente Calderon on April 27, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer gestures during the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg football match Atletico de Madrid vs Bayern Munich at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUPIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 27: Jose Gimenez of Atletico Madrid and Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich argue as Stefan Savic of Atletico Madrid intervenes during the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Bayern Muenchen at Vincente Calderon on April 27, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich's Polish forward Robert Lewandowski (C) vies with Atletico Madrid's Uruguayan defender Jose Maria Gimenez (R) during the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Bayern Munich at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CESAR MANSOCESAR MANSO/AFP/Getty Images
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 27: Referee Mark Clattenburg talks to Jose Gimenez of Atletico Madrid and Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich during the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Bayern Muenchen at Vincente Calderon on April 27, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

A breathtaking individual goal from Saul Niguez proved enough to hand Atletico Madrid a narrow 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at Vicente Calderon.

The Spain Under-21 international's early wonder goal handed the Spanish side the edge ahead of next week's second leg at the Allianz Arena.

Arturo Vidal came closest to netting an equaliser for Pep Guardiola's side but the home defence worked hard to keep his and his team-mates' efforts out as they recorded their fifth consecutive clean sheet.

Diego Simeone's hosts began to press from the start and Fernando Torres came close to opening the scoring in the first five minutes but his drilled shot from 20 yards out was blocked by David Alaba.

It did not take long for Atleti to break the deadlock as 21-year-old midfielder Niguez took on the Bayern defence alone from 40 yards out, dribbled the ball past three more opponents before curling it into the bottom corner with a beautiful finish past the diving Manuel Neuer to hand his side the lead after 11 minutes.

Bayern almost levelled two minutes later before Vidal's header was sent out for a corner and Xabi Alonso's resulting set-piece was finally made safe after Vidal's further effort was collected by home goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

Vidal won a free-kick just inside the right touchline which was taken by Douglas Costa but he was just short as he fired into the side netting as Bayern looked to get back into the match midway through the first half.

The Bavarians continued to press for an equaliser as the half wore on but Philipp Lahm's effort was blocked by Jose Gimenez, while - down at the other end - Antoine Griezmann's close-range effort was toe-tipped to safety after a break for Atletico.

Oblak was called into action again 10 minutes before the break as he made a diving save to deny on-loan Juventus teenager Kingsley Coman before Vidal fired a shot wide.

Javi Martinez did well to head goalscorer Niguez's cross out for a corner before it reached the waiting Koke at the near post, while Juan Bernat sent the ball sailing high over the crossbar just before the break.

The visitors started the second half the brightest as Guardiola's half-time team talk looked to have made an impact, Alaba's long-range strike only denied by Oblak's crossbar eight minutes in.

Moments later, the Atletico keeper did well to hold out Javi Martinez's header and hold onto his clean sheet for a little longer as the German side continued to dominate possession.

Robert Lewandowski was unfortunate as his effort across Oblak's goal rolled just wide before Guardiola brought on Franck Ribery for Coman in an effort to bag an equaliser.

Bayern's frustrations started to get the better of them and Vidal conceded a free-kick with 20 minutes to go for bringing down Gabi but Douglas sent his weak shot over the bar as the home side searched for goal number two.

Torres then struck the post from close range and - on the rebound - Koke's drilled shot was comfortably kept out by a diving Neuer.

Bayern battled on for a leveller but Oblak denied Vidal late on as the home side held on for a narrow victory.

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