EFT Report, Vicente Calderon: Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez scored arguably the goal of the season 11 minutes into the match gliding past four well-oiled Bayern defenders before curling the ball into the corner leaving the world best goal custodian Manuel Neuer high and dry, after that wonder of a strike Bayern could not recover. Diego Simeone’s Atletico defeated Bayern Munich 1-0 in their first leg Champions League semi-final encounter at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday.
|Atletico Beat Bayern 1-0 at Vincente Calderon|
Atletico Madrid started the match full of confidence as expected after despatching Barcelona in the previous round. Atletico could have sealed the match and gone 2-0 up in the 30th minute when Antoine Griezmann, the hero of Barcelona match, broke free of the German defence only for
Javi Martinez to rattle the Frenchman as he shaped to shoot, Neuer pulling off a save at the near post. Pep Guardiola’s Bayern starting without Franck Ribery, Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller, who together had actually scored more goals in the Champions League this season than Atletico.
The semi-final return-leg will be played at Allianz Arena, Munich on May 3. This first-leg match at Vicente Calderon is a stern warning to Pep Guardiola that a daunting task awaits his men at the Allianz Arena next week.