- Bayern with an uphill task after losing the first leg 1-0.
- Pep Guardiola's side have the return leg in Munich next week.
- An improved second-half display not enough to find a way through a stubborn Atletico defence.
FC Bayern München's hopes of reaching this year's UEFA Champions League final suffered a setback on Wednesday evening with a 1-0 defeat away to Club Atletico de Madrid in the first leg of their semi-final tie.
Goals: 1-0 Saul (11')
Bayern were up against it from the moment they emerged onto the pitch, with deafening noise and intimidating tifos in the stands creating a crackling atmosphere at the Estadio Vicente Calderon. Buoyed by such vociferous home support, Atletico flew out of the blocks and their early intensity proved to much for Bayern when Saul Niguez scored an excellent solo goal in the 11th minute. Pep Guardiola's men gradually asserted themselves as the half wore on but struggled to fashion any chances against a well-drilled home side.
The match remained a breathless encounter after the break, only now Bayern visibly had the upper hand as they looked to force an away goal. David Alaba went close with a wicked long-range effort that clipped the crossbar, Javi Martinez had a header saved on the line from a corner and Douglas Costa's lob went over the bar after being played through. Yet try as they might the Atletico defence stood firm, giving Bayern a tough, but not insurmountable, task at the Allianz Arena next week.
Man of the match
Alaba started the match at centre-back, but demonstrated his versatility by also playing at left-back and in a more attacking role before the 90 minutes were up. He excelled in each position and went closest to scoring for the visitors with his strike that hit the woodwork.
Having exited the competition at the semi-final stage to Spanish opposition in the last two seasons, Bayern will be hoping for third time lucky at home in the second leg next Tuesday.
- Bayern had 19 shots to Atletico's 11.
- Atletico won 58 per cent of all tackles.
- Philipp Lahm had more touches of the ball (126) than any other player.
Atletico: Oblak – Juanfran, Gimenez, Savic, Felipe Luis – Saul (Partey 85'), Gabi (c), Fernandez, Koke – Griezmann, Torres
Coach: Diego Simeone
Bayern: Neuer - Lahm (c), Martinez, Alaba, Bernat (Benatia 77') – Alonso – Costa, Thiago (Müller 70'), Vidal, Coman (Ribery 64') - Lewandowski
Coach: Pep Guardiola