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Saul Niguez solo stunner hands advantage to Atletico Madrid over Bayern

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich

By Andy Sims

Published 28/04/2016

Saul Niguez's first-half solo strike 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 continued to battle on for a leveller but Oblak denied Vidal late on in the game as the home side held on for a narrow victory.

ATLETICO: Oblak, Juanfran, Gimenez, Savic, Filipe Luis, Saul (Thomas, 85), Gabi, Fernandez, Koke, Griezmann, Fernando Torres.

Unused subs: Moya, Oliver Torres, Correa, Jesus Gamez, Lucas, Vietto.

Goal: Saul 11

BAYERN: Neuer, Lahm, Javi Martinez, Alaba, Bernat (Benatia, 77), Alonso, Douglas Costa, Thiago (Muller, 70), Vidal, Coman (Ribery, 84), Lewandowski.

Unused subs: Ulreich, Tasci, Gotze, Kimmich.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

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