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Published: 22:00 | 27/4/16

Niguez gives Atletico the edge


Saul Niguez's goal is all that separates Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich ahead of their Champions League semi-final second leg next week.

Niguez beat the Bayern defenders before curling his shot into the corner of the goal to hand Atletico the lead in the 11th minute of the game at the Vicente Calderon.

The hosts pressed from the start with Fernando Torres going close to opening the scoring inside the opening five minutes only for his shot to be blocked by David Alaba. Just six minutes later they broke the deadlock as Niguez took apart the Bayern defence to score a brilliant effort.

Bayern went in pursuit of an equaliser with Alaba hitting the bar and Arturo Vidal's strike saved by Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

The German side dominated the second half as they looked for a vital away goal and tey went close to scoring through Alaba, Javi Martinez and Robert Lewandowski but it proved to be a frustrating night for them and they must now defeat Atletico at the Allianz Arena to have any hope of progressing to the final.

"The first half was very close to what we wanted. In the second half they were better and got in behind but we felt comfortable, we defended well," Atletico manager Diego Simeone said.

"It was a great piece of individual skill with lots of creativity, Saul Niguez is developing well which is great for us.

"I think it's still an open tie, they will be playing at home next week with their fans behind them but we have the chance to get an away goal. It'll be a close game like today, we'll see who makes the most of their chances."

Bayern manager Pep Guardiola admitted his side had been caught off guard by Atletico's fast start.

"Their goal is a brilliant goal, but it's our mistake. We kept standing off. I'm not happy with how we played," he said.

"It was a good game overall, but we started badly. The goal was a consequence of our slow play."

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