- Live reaction from Bayern's Champions League semi-final first leg loss to Atletico.
- The Bundesliga champions trail the tie 1-0 after Saul Niguez goal.
- Bayern welcome the Spanish side back to the Allianz Arena on 3 May.
FC Bayern München lost 1-0 to Club Atletico de Madrid in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final. Pep Guardiola's side have fallen to Spanish opposition at the same stage of the previous two campaigns. Can the Bavarians make it third time lucky and overhaul the tie next week?
All times CEST unless otherwise stated.
Wednesday 27 April
23:23 Auf Wiedersehen; Hasta luego!
That's all from us here at bundesliga.com for tonight. The LIVE UEFA Champions League blog will be back on 3 May. Can FC Bayern München overturn their 1-0 semi-final first-leg deficit at the Allianz Arena next week? Check back on the site to find out!
23:08 - Pep talk
Pep Guardiola (Bayern coach): "I thought we did well. It’s so difficult against a team like Atletico Madrid. For 75 percent of the game we put in a top, top performance. We had a lot of chances. Atletico are a top team and are doing very, very well. But we only need one goal to level the tie. I’m not sure how many teams would have that many chances in a Champions League semi-final."
22:59 - Alaba appraisal
David Alaba (Bayern defender): "We did very well in the second half - we came out fighting. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough in the end, but we did have a few chances to score. We weren’t surprised by Atletico’s tactics, they certainly didn’t make things easy for us. They did exceptionally well in the first half, but we slowly fought our way back into the game in the second half."
Don't let a narrow 1-0 lead for your opponents get you down...
22:51 - Lahm reaction
Philipp Lahm (Bayern captain): "We didn't think we would get that many chances in the second half. Sadly, we didn't score. It's easier to defend than attack on such blunt grass, because it's not easy to pass the ball quickly."
22:47 - "Anything's possible"
Manuel Neuer (Bayern goalkeeper): "We were a lot more aggressive and brave in the second half, which we weren’t in the first. In the Champions League you have to play like that over the entire 90 minutes. We didn’t defend well enough for Atletico’s first goal. It’s disappointing that we didn’t get an away goal, but anything’s possible in front of our own fans in Munich. The atmosphere was similar to Benfica but I can’t say it unsettled us. It certainly had nothing to do with our first-half performance."
FULL-TIME: Atletico 1-0 Bayern
It's advantage Atletico Madrid after the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg. Saul Niguez's first-half goal proved to be the difference at the Estadio Vicente Calderon. Bayern had 19 shots to the Spaniard's 11 - reason to remain confident ahead of the second leg at the Allianz Arena on 3 May.
Ribery swings in a cross and Benatia gets his head to it, but Oblak is in the right place at the right time to make the stop.
Atleti have shut up shop for the last ten minutes. Bayern keep pumping the ball into the home box, though.
Alaba has had more freedom since Benatia came on. The Austrian star comes forward and lets fly once again, but this time his chance sails wide.
Guardiola makes his final change of the game, with Medhi Benatia coming on for Juan Bernat. Alaba moves to left-back with the Moroccan slotting into central defence.
Having spent most of the second half defending, the hosts come forward with Antoine Griezmann. The French forward hits a fine shot with the outside of his foot, but what might have been his seventh goal of the competition comes back off Neuer's post.
Vidal thumps one toward the top corner but Oblak leaps across his goal to deny the Bayern man what would have been his third goal in as many games in the competition.
Thomas Müller enters the fray in place of Thiago. Can the master interpreter of space find some against this resolute Atleti defence?
Not many teams have managed a clean sheet against Bayern this year...
One Frenchman on for another as Franck Ribery replaces Coman.
Bayern's possession has crept up to 69 percent by the hour-mark. The chances are coming for Pep Guardiola's men. Surely they will turn one of them into a goal...
Costa swings in a corner and Javier Martinez powers a header toward goal, but it is too close to Oblak to really test the home 'keeper
Alaba breaks forward before letting fly from 25 metres out, but his rasping effort bounces off the underside of the crossbar and stays out!
Costa tries to catch Atletico out with an early ball into the box, but it bounces harmlessly into the hands of Oblak.
Lewandowski burst into the home box before cutting the ball back. It rolls behind Coman but Vidal send it back in, only to see it hooked away by the Atleti defence.
Atletico Madrid get the second half underway...
Those who made the near-2,000 kilometre journey from Munich to Madrid have been in full voice in the Spanish capital. Can they cheer their side onto an equaliser - and perhaps even a winner - in the second half? Stay with us to find out!
Great away backing from Bayern 👍 pic.twitter.com/wJYvR0LBDo— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 27, 2016
There have been chances at either end but Saul Niguez's opening goals remains the difference between the sides after 45 minutes at the Vicente Calderon.
Thiago shapes to cross before going for goal with a free-kick from out wide, but despite looking destined for the far top corner, Oblak reposition himself to save the shot.
Kingsley Coman marauds forward and twists Atleti left-back Filipe Luis inside-out, but his low, drilled cross is collected by Oblak.
Alonso sends a dangerous ball into the box looking for Lewandowski, but the Pole is called back for a foul on Gimenez.
Douglas Costa spins a free-kick into the outside side-netting of Jan Oblak's goal.
FAMOUS FANS 22'
Germany's World number 3 tennis player Angelique Kerber is in the house!
Bayern have had 67 percent of possession at the Vicente Calderon, but it's the hosts who lead 1-0.
Arturo Vidal's header is cleared off the line by Jose Gimenez. The Chile midfielder scored in both legs against SL Benfica. Will he prove the difference here?
COOL HEAD 11'
Two-time UEFA Champions League winner Xabi Alonso keeping his teammates on track.
GOAL 10' Atletico 1-0 Bayern!
Saul Niguez dances his way past Xabi Alonso and Thiago Alcantara before tricking David Alaba and curling the ball past Neuer.
Torres cuts inside Juan Bernat before shooting on his left foot, but he's unable to double his season's tally in the competition, with the effort lacking the power to test Manuel Neuer.
Fernando Torres tries to shoot from the edge of the Bayern box, but David Alaba gets across to block the Atletico striker's shot.
20:45 - KICK OFF
FC Bayern München get us underway against Club Atletico de Madrid at the Estadio Vicente Calderon! English referee Mark Clattenburg is officiating.
20:20 - Nearly there!
The players are out on the pitch for one final warm-up before the big game. Stay right here with bundesliga.com to follow every kick of the ball!
20:16 - Record
Bayern captain Philipp Lahm will make a German record 104th appearance in the UEFA Champions League in 30 minutes' time...
20:09 - Checking the facilities
Just over half an hour to go until we kick off at the Estadio Vicente Calderon. The playing surface certainly looks in fine condition...
19:52 - Ready
Those shirts have 11 goals and eight assists between them in this season's competition.
19:33 - Line-ups
David Alaba continues at the heart of Bayern's defence with Joshua Kimmich and Medhi Benatia on the bench. Eight-goal Thomas Müller is among the substitutes, with the pace of Douglas Costa and Kingsley Coman trusted out wide.
Atletico centre-back Diego Godin is injured; six-goal Antoine Griezmann starts in attack.
19:27 - Berni the Bear
...it seems Bayern mascot Berni the Bear has hung back to absorb the beautiful Spanish weather. Will the sun be shining on FCB's Champions League quest tonight?
19:19 - Bayern bus
FC Bayern are on the way to the Estadio Vicente Calderon. Can the Bavarians keep the wheels rolling on an already-impressive season?
18:52 - Work cut out
Diego Simeone has constructed a mean defence at the Vicente Calderon...
18:43 - Goals
With 28 goals scored so far in this season's UEFA Champions League, Bayern have scored two more than the next-best scorers Real Madrid CF.
18:30 - Comeback trail
Bayern will be without Holger Badstuber and Arjen Robben for tonight's game. FCB defender Badstuber has not taken long to hit the gym in Madrid as he targets a return to first-team action for next season.
18:15 - Calderon
Two-and-a-half hours to go until kick-off...
18:03 - Winning history
Bayern have scored some big wins over Spanish opposition over the years. The 2001 UEFA Champions League final was the most recent in the competition's showpiece, with Valencia CF put to the sword on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Milan.
17:55 - Colourful affair
Bayern have played in red and blue since the 1968/69 season, having worn white and maroon for most of their early history. Atletico switched to red and white stripes in 1911.
17:25 - Bayern fans
Some of the Bavarian support have moved on to Opera in central Madrid. bundesliga.com's Alexander Barklage is on the ground meeting the fans. Did someone say 3-2?
17:16 - History beckons
Perhaps surprisingly for two clubs who have 13 European titles between them, you have to go all the way back to 1974 for the last time Bayern met Atletico in Europe. The Bavarians prevailed then, drawing 1-1 in that year's European Cup final in Brussels before winning the replay - also at the Heysel Stadium - 4-0 two days later.
16:57 - Müller Magic
Thomas Müller has scored eight goals and assisted two in the UEFA Champions League so far this season. With these skills it is not hard to see how...
16:13 - Major presence
Our man in Madrid Alexander Barklage is at Plaza Mayor, with the FC Bayern München fans already making their voices heard in Spain's capital.
15:35 - high praise for Simeone
15:04 - Plaza Mayor
Some fans, meanwhile, are already soaking up the pre-match atmosphere in central Madrid...
14:48 - getting hot...
"It might be raining in Germany, but summer has certainly arrived in Madrid," reports bundesliga.com's Alex Barklage. "Bayern fans are using the temperature of about 20 degrees to populate the cafes in the city centre, with some also popping out for a spot of sightseeing. The three Bayern fans in the photo below - from Stuttgart - are in front of the royal palace. Most fans are planning to meet at about five at the opera house to head to the stadium."
14:45 - freshly prepared
14:31 - Müllerowski
14:29 - Bayern's capital gains
Bayern were in the German capital this weekend, coming out 2-0 winners against Hertha Berlin on Saturday afternoon. Enjoy highlights of that one in the video below.
14:00 - Torres speaks
The Atletico forward has hit a purple patch in recent weeks. Here's what he had to say ahead of tonight's clash...
13:34 - Simeone vs Guardiola
UEFA have produced a nice graphic comparing the coaches below.
bundesliga.com also put both men under the microscope: "The clash of two contrasting coaching styles is one of the most intriguing subplots to this tie. Guardiola, whose FC Barcelona and Bayern sides have in many ways re-defined the attacking parameters of the modern game, meets Diego Simeone, whose Atletico side have turned defending into an art form since his arrival at the Estadio Vicente Calderon in 2011." Read more from our extended preview here.
13:26 - Lothar has his say...
12:48 - Götze in the zone
12:39 - King Jerome
High praise indeed for Jerome Boateng.
12:20 - Bayern in Vallecano
Pep Guardiola's side are being put through their paces at Vallecas, home to Spanish top-flight outfit Rayo Vallecano. The stadium is in the south-west of Madrid, not too far from the Estadio Vicente Calderon, which is located in the south-east of the city.
11:44 - On the ground
bundesliga.com's man in Madrid, Alex Barklage, has just sent in his first update of the day.
"Buenos dias," he writes. "I've just had a look around the newspaper stands here in Madrid and today's editions of Marca and AS are dominated by last night's game between Manchester City and Real Madrid. There's plenty of interest in today's game, too, though, and Atletico coach Diego Simeone spoke in typical martial fashion at yesterday's press conference, describing the players as soldiers. Pep Guardiola, for his part, was more relaxed, saying it would be a 'cool semi-final'. For Fernando Torres, Atletico striker, 'there would be nothing better than winning the Champions League with Atletico', while the papers are also talking about revenge for the 1974 European Cup Final. Bayern's 'Katsche' Schwarzenbeck scored a late equaliser to make it 1-1, before the Bavarians triumphed 4-0 in the replay."
10:52 - Vidal in the zone
Along with wishing his followers a good morning in a variety of languages, Bayern midfielder Arturo Vidal encourages his side to "give it everything" in the tweet below. The Chilean scored in both legs of Bayern's 3-2 aggregate triumph over SL Benfica in the last round.
Guten morgen!!! Buenos días!!! Buon giorno!!!MiaSanMia!!! Vamos con todo hoy carajo!!!💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽 lt;a href="https://t.co/WkexqBk4Qn">pic.twitter.com/WkexqBk4Qn— Arturo Vidal (@kingarturo23) April 27, 2016
10:44 - Simeone bullish
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone - who led his side to within one minute of lifting the Champions League in 2014 - sounded bullish in his pre-match press conference yesterday, including an obligatory martial metaphor. "In wars, it's not those who have the most soldiers who win, but those who use them best. I hope that we win. I'm not hoping for anything else. Bayern are in the same situation as us [domestically]. They have to keep winning as well. They work very well in defence and attack, and to get through this tie we're going to have to score goals. That's what we'll be looking to do on Wednesday."
10:30 - Alaba excited
10:15 - Alonso Martinez
Two of Bayern's Spaniards seem to have a metro station named after them in Madrid...
10:00 - Morning all...
..and what a big day it is for the Bayern fans among you. Can Bayern take a major step towards the Champions League final tonight, for the first time under Guardiola? Club captain Philipp Lahm is confident of doing so: "It's our task to score an away goal. At this level, it's the tiny details which prove decisive."
01:14 - Thiago wary
Bayern midfielder Thiago Alcantara warns Atletico are not to be taken lightly. "Atletico warrant the whole world's respect," the Spain international tells bundesliga.com. "They've not been exceptional only this season, they've been doing it for years. They've developed an idea that they've pursued unerringly." Read the full interview here.
00:56 - Boateng boost
Jerome Boateng revealed he is "ready to help the team" after sitting out the past three months with a groin injury. “I'm feeling good," the Germany centre-back (pictured) said. "I'll give it everything when I'm out on the pitch.”
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge seemed equally happy with the 27-year-old's return. “It's important to have him back available for the final weeks of the season. I don't know whether Guardiola will play him |on Wednesday], however."
00:37 - Alonso confident
Xabi Alonso knows what to expect at Atletico's Estadio Vicente Calderon from his time at city rivals Real Madrid CF, but the Spain legend insists Bayern München are "well prepared" going into today's tie. Find out more in this exclusive bundesliga.com interview.
00:15 - Question time
The key quotes from Lahm and Guardiola's press conferences:
00:04 - Herzlich Willkommen !
Hello and welcome back to bundesliga.com's Champions League liveblog ahead of Bayern München's semi-final tie against Club Atletico de Madrid. The Bundesliga winners arrived in the Spanish capital on Tuesday afternoon local time, before Philipp Lahm, Xabi Alonso and head coach Pep Guardiola spoke to the assembled media at the game's pre-match press conference.