Atletico Madrid produced a characteristic hard-working and clinical performance to overcome Bayern Munich in their Champions League Group D match at the Vicente Calderón.
Yannick Carrasco's solitary strike was enough to give Diego Simeone's a 1-0 win, although it could have been more as French striker Antoine Griezmann hit the bar with a penalty in the final ten minutes.
Classic Atleti performance
Although Bayern Munich controlled large swathes of possession throughout, Atletico were comfortable sitting back and made it very difficult for Bayern to create chances in a tireless defensive display.
Far from parking the bus, Atletico actually created the best of the game's chances and were increasingly dangerous as the game went on. Fernando Torres missed two good opportunities, while Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller were limited to virtual scraps so effective Atletico were in strangling Bayern's attack.
After claiming all three points, Atletico take the early advantage in the race to top Group D, though the reverse fixture in Munich could still well decide who finishes first.
As it happened:
Full time: Atlético 1-0 Bayern Munich
90 mins + 5 | One final chance for Bayern. Lewandowski crosses for Robben but it's a bit far out and he doesn't get the power on his header to trouble Oblak. Game over!
90 min +2 | Thomas Partey replaces Griezmann
90 mins | 5 mins of added time
89 mins | Instead of holding on, Atleti looking more likely to score. First Godin is found free at the back post but the ball won't sit down and his volley is deflected over. From the resulting corner, Gameiro fins himself in space in the box and smashes it into the side netting from a tight angle. What suffering!?
85 mins | Five to go. That would have seen the game off for Atleti if Griezmann had converted. But as Atleti tend to do, they're going to do it the hard way and make themselves suffer. Will they hold out for the win?
83 mins | From the rebound, Vidal, once again, goes flying into Saúl ten yards outside the box! He should be off surely!? It's a yellow card (he didn't get booked for the pen when he probably should have). Lucky boy.
82 mins | PENALTY ATLETI! Vidal clatters into Felipe Luis. Stone wall pen. GRIEZMANN MISSES! He smashes it against the bar, just as he did in the Champions League final!
78 mins | SUB: That's the last we'll see of Fernando Torres, as Gaitan comes on in his place.
78 mins | Big chance for Lewandowski! Bayern's best of the night. But the Pole heads wide when he should have hit the target.
74 mins | Gameiro, with his fresh legs, break clear and it's three on three. He feeds Torres to his right who takes it past Hummels and dinks a ball towards the back post. It hangs in the air and is a tad too high for Griezmann. The Frenchman can only head the ball high into the air and over the top of Neuer's goal. That was a chance, but Torres' execution let him down there (not for the first time tonight).
71 mins | SUB: Atleti's danger man Carrasco comes off. He's done a fine job tonight and been a thorn in Bayern's side. Gameiro replaces him.
68 mins | Atleti look like they're in one of those moods where it's nigh-on impossible to break them down. Bayern are struggling to do anything with their large swathes of possession. That's not meant to be a commentator's curse, it's just the way this game feels right now.
67 mins | Carrasco, who continues to be Atleti's major attacking threat tonight, finds space from 25 yards and tries to bend it around Neuer. The big German gets down well to palm it around the post and out for a corner.
66 mins | SUB: It's Ancelotti's last throw of the dice and third sub in less than ten minutes. Thiago makes way for Kimmich.
63 mins | SUB: Hummels replaces Boatang at centreback for Bayern. Strange to be making a defensive substitution at this stage when 1-0 down but Boetang hasn't been great and is perhaps struggling for fitness.
62 mins | Saúl looks up from 35 yards and lets off a speculative drive. It's no trouble to Neuer though and he watches it calmly fly a few yards wide of his post.
59 mins | SUB: The largely ineffective Muller comes off and is replaced by Robben.
58 mins | The ever lively Juanfran goes on a mazy run down the right and finds himself suddenly in Bayern's area. Just as he looks up to deliver a cross, Boetang gets in the way to knock it out for a corner.
55 mins | Alaba! The Austrian turns on a sixpence in the box and unleashes a drive towards goal. It's straight at Oblak though and the keeper beats away for a corner.
51 mins | Just as in the first half, Bayern are now seeing most of the ball. Space on this Vicente Calderon is at a premium when Atletico are played as organised as they are tonight tough. Bayern yet to have created a real clean cut chance in this game.
49 ins | Decent chance for Muller as Savic's in-swinging corner finds him unmarked at the back post. Oblak looks to have it covered but Muller can only head wide from a tight angle anyhow.
47 mins | A very positive start from Atletico. They're camped for the opening minute of the second half around Bayern's box. After a couple of crosses are blocked Koke's ball swings in but fails to find a teammate and Neuer gathers.
46 mins | We're back underway here at the Calderón...
Half time chat: Diego Simeone will be delighted with that first half from his Atlético side. It's been a typical Atleti display: pressing the opposition high with the ball and sitting back and strangling the life out of Bayern's attack without it. Despite having the vast majority of ball, Ancelotti's men haven't been able to do anything with it -- largely owing to Atletico's tireless defensive efforts. That said, the red and whites have been mighty impressive in attack too. They've created the better chances and could have found themselves three goals to the good if Torres had brought his shooting boots. Simeone will be asking for much more of the same during the interval, while Ancelotti will be asking much more of his side in general.
Atlético 1-0 Bayern Munich: Live first half
45 mins | The whistle goes for half time and a thoroughly entertaining 45 minutes comes to an end.
44 mins | Carrasco, the stand out player so far tonight, looks to catch Bayern on the break. It's two on two and Carrasco opts to go alone. His touch is heavy though, Carrasco run out of gas and Martinez shepherds it out for a goal kick.
41 mins | Gabi curls in an absolutely delightful ball but Godin is penalised for a push and Bayern breathe again.
40 mins | Boetang booked for a thumping challenge on Saúl.
38 mins | Uuuuf! Bayern almost hit back straight away. Ribery wriggles into space in the Atleti box and shoots just millimetres wide from six yards. Oblak was helpless if that was on target.
34 mins | GOOOOOOAL! Atleti! Griezmann draws in two defenders and plays in Carrasco who breaks forward and unleashes an absolute rasping left foot drive across Neuer from just outside the area. It flies in off the far post. 1-0. Just before that Torres had missed another great chance, slipping at the last moment, but some brilliance from Carrasco makes up for it. Atleti take a well deserved lead.
31 mins | Characteristically of this side under Simeone, Atletico are working extremely hard to cut off space and making things very difficult for Bayern's attack. Muller and Lewandowski have been limited to practically scraps so far.
29 mins | Lewandowski gets his noggin to the ball in an attacking position but his effort is weak and Oblak catches it with ease.
28 mins | Atléti with the best of the chances with game approaching the half hour mark, but Bayern have had by far the better share of possession (63%).
25 mins | Yellow card for Lahm. That's one a piece now after the German is penalised for showing his studs.
21 mins | Oh dear Fernando Torres! He has to score that...but he doesn't. The ball comes to him at the back post from a corner and he has a free header from three yards out into a virtually empty net but still manages to hit the post. That really should have been 1-0 to the hosts.
18 mins | Now Neuer gets down to beat out a Carrasco shot! This is turning into a peach of a game. Still 0-0 though,
14 mins | Yellow card for Saúl for a late tackle on Vidal
13 mins | Oblak saves from Müller! The gangly German takes it on the volley but the lanky Slovenian gets behind it well to make a great save! We have a game here!
12 mins | Chance for Torres! El Niño breaks into the box and tries to cut inside when he perhaps should have taken on a shot. Martinez recovers in time to nick the ball off him and the chance is gone.
10 mins | Nothing between the sides so far, but the difference between the two coaches is noticeable. Simeone pacing up and down like a mad man and Ancelotti the antithesis, Mr. Cool, calm and collected with his hands in his pockets and the only movement seen from his one rogue eyebrow.
6 mins | This game's settled into more of a slower-paced groove after a frantic few open minutes. Bayern controlling possession but no chances for either side as of yet
2 mins | Bayern get their foot on the ball after that very early Atleti attack is thwarted and win their first corner. This game's got off to a great tempo. More of this!
0 mins | 13 seconds in and Atléti have their first pop at goal through Carrasco. It is a pop shot mind, and it's easily blocked by Boaetang. Pressure from Simeone's men right from the off though...
0 mins | Peeeeeeeep! We're underway
Oblak; Juanfran, Godín, Savic, Filipe; Gabi, Koke, Saúl, Carrasco; Griezmann, Torres
Neuer, Alaba, Boateng, Martinez, Lahm, Alonso, Vidal, Ribery, Thiago, Müller, Lewandowski
Atlético vs Bayern Munich: match build-up
20:43 | The players make their way out of the tunnel and into a very noisy Calderón cauldron of noise.
20:35 | Referee watch: A quick word on tonight's main official, Szymon Marciniak. The Polish referee last officiated Atlético in the group stages of the Champions League last season against Galatasary, a game which Atleti won 0-2. He last officiated Bayern on the other hand in last season's quarter final versus Benfica. Bayern won that one 2-0. As you might have figured, both teams can't win tonight, so perhaps we won't take anything from it...
20:30 | 15 minutes to go! The Calderón, as it usually is for any game (never mind a potentially group-defining match against the German Champions), is absolutely bouncing! Should be quite some atmosphere here.
20:15 | Team news: The starting 11s are out and the big news from Bayern's perspective is that Hummels misses out with injury (as was feared) and is replaced by Boetang in central defence. Elsewhere, Xabi Alonso and Vidal come back into midfield replacing Kimmich (the matchwinner against Hamburg) and Sanches from Saturday's Bundesliga victory.
For Atlético, Torres returns to the startling line-up to partner Griezmann, while Saúl (scorer of THAT goal against Bayern last season) and Gabi also return after being rested on Sunday. Savic partners Mr. Reliable Diego Godin at centre back. Correa, Fernandez, Gaitan, and Giminez are the players to make way from Sunday's 1-0 win over Deportivo.
20:00 | 45 minutes to go to kick-off. The fans and media are beginning to trickle in to the Vicente Calderón and there is a whiff of a big Champions League night in the air. Let's hope it lives up to expectations...
19:40 | Being the grandest of stages in club football, the Champions League always tends to be the platform on which players' "world-class" credentials are judged, and with that brings added pressure -- especially for strikers. Sometimes forwards can be goal machines in their domestic leagues but then fail to bring that form into Europe (an accusation that was often thrown at Zlatan Ibrahimovic, for instance). Two of the world's most prolific strikers today go head-to-head at the Vicente Calderón in Robert Lewandowski and Antoine Griezmann, and both come into the game in cracking goalscoring form (nine and five goals respectively this season). Can either, or both, continue their fine run in front of net tonight? For the record, both have decent Champions League goals records: Lewandowski with 33 goal in 53 games and Griezmann with 10 in 31.
19:30 | The evening's other Group D encounter sees Rostov take on PSV in Russia. Rostov were demolished 5-0 by Bayern two weeks ago in the group's opening matchday, while PSV were unlucky to lose 1-0 at home to Atlético. Many expect the Dutch team to make light work of minnows Rostov, just as Bayern did, but assistant coach Dmitri Kirichenko is optimistic about their chances of picking up a result. "People say PSV are the only team in this group we can take points off, but I don't see why. I saw them play against Atlético and they should have got a result out of it. Yes, we failed to perform against Bayern but that was because we couldn't deal with the excitement of the occasion. We have not had much time to study PSV, but we are well prepared."
19:20 | Talking of betting (see our 19:10 entry), it would be a decent punt to go for a 0-0 full time score. That's because Bayern Munich have only conceded one goal this season so far, while Atlético have conceded just two. It's all about perspective though: a 3-2 win for Bayern might be just as likely if you take into account the stats highlighted in our entry from 17:15 earlier this afternoon...
19:15 | Wondering how and where to watch Atlético Madrid v Bayern Munich? Of course you aren't! You'll be reading our much more thrilling live text updates instead, won't you....won't you!? Well just in case you want to compliment our live match feed with a bit of the real action, you can see where to find coverage of Champions League Group D showdown here.
19:10 | Odds watch: The bookies have away side Bayern Munich down as very slight favourites for tonight's clash in Madrid at 13/8 (Skybet) with Atlético at 2/1. A draw you can get at 21/10. Bayern are also odds on favourite to win Group D too, according to Skybet, at 1/2, with Atléti at 6/4. You'd expect those odds might change a tad if Diego Simeone's men manage to pick up all three points tonight though.
18:51 | Weather watch: Tonight's game at Vicente Calderón could well get heated on the field, given the fact there's top spot in Group D at stake, and the air temperature will be fairly warm too. According to the meteorological experts, it'll be 21 degrees Celsius at kick off tonight, with things set to cool down a bit to 17·C by full time.
18:37 | Ex-Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has declared that Atlético Madrid wouldn't be a Champions League side were it not for boss Diego Simeone. You can see Hitzfeld's point: Simeone has transformed the club and turned them into a European force, but Atlético have near enough always been there or thereabouts when it comes to the top-four mix up in La Liga in recent history. It's just that now, Atlético qualify every year for the Champions League every year under Simeone and have become a real European powerhouse in the process (as the past few seasons have shown). More from Hitzfeld's comments here.
17:15 | Both sides come into tonight's fixture in good form in their respective leagues. Since kicking off the season with two draws Atleti have registered three wins and a creditable draw away at Barcelona while Bayern have begun their first Bundesliga campaign under Carlo Ancelotti with a 100% win record. Here are some Opta stats for you. Bayern have been more prolific so far this year averaging 3 goals per game to Atleti's 2. Ancelotti's side also lead the way in terms of average possession (66% to 53%) but the two sides are fairly even in terms of shots on goal; Atleti have registered an average of 16.5 shots per game while Bayern have averaged just under 18. We're in for a tough, evenly-matched game it seems.
16:20 | Atlético have been runners-up in the Champions League twice in the past three seasons but before the arrival of Diego Simeone the club had only reached the final of the European Cup on one previous occasion, in 1974. The opposition was Bayern Munich. In the first game, Luis Aragonés scored in extra time in Munich with 114 minutes on clock but in the final seconds Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck popped up to force a replay at the Calderón. Back in Madrid, Atlético were overwhelmed and lost 4-0, Uli Hoeness and Gerd Müller both helping themselves to a brace to secure Bayern's first-ever European Cup triumph. The Bavarian side would go on to win the next two and remain the only club ever to win three consecutive European Cups.
15:30 | Just over five hours to go until kick-off at the Calderón. Atlético are a bit of a force these days in Europe's elite club competition, winning 25 or their last 30 home matches in the Champions League. Can Bayern pull something out of the hat? Thomas Müller thinks they can: "We want to show that we can do better than in the last few semi-finals. We certainly have a score to settle there," the Bayern goal machine warned.
14:30 | Worth remembering of course that Bayern have lost their last three Champions League games in Spain and failed to even find the net during those matches. Pep Guardiola took a lot of flak in last year's semi-final for leaving Thomas Müller, Franck Ribéry and Jêrome Boateng out of his line up in the Calderón and the German press have stated that Ancelotti is unlikely to make the same mistake.
13:20 | Bayern captain Philipp Lahm has identified Antoine Griezmann as the player the visitors will have to keep an eye on in the Calderón this evening: "He is an extraordinary player as he has showed against us and in the Euros," he said. "He is a very quick player. I don't think you can compare him with Robert Lewandowski, he plays deeper and is very dangerous on the counter-attack."
Atlético Madrid - Bayern Munich: Match preview
These two sides have become accustomed to meeting each other in Europe's top competition whether that be in the latter stages or, as is the case this year, in the group. It was Atlético that dispatched of the German juggernaut, at the time managed by Pep Guardiola, last season en route to the final in Milan so it's an early chance for some revenge although it would be a big surprise if it's not just a case of deciding the order of the top two in the group.
Diego Simeone comes into this difficult fixture on the back of a fine run of form even though he watched as his side drew the first two league games, against lowly Alavés and Leganés. Since then they have only conceded one goal - in the very credible draw at the Camp Nou - and have won the rest including putting four and five goals passed Celta and Sporting respectively.
Simeone does face some squad issues after losing both Augusto Fernández and José Giménez to injury but Antoine Griezmann has banged in five goals already this season and will be the chief threat to Carlo Ancelotti's record of eight wins from eight games since he took over from Pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena.
The giants of German football are now measured by most in terms of what they achieve against the best of Europe rather than their continued domination of their domestic league. A 5-0 win in their opening game was proof, if proof were needed, of their potency but they are likely to face a rather sterner test at the fiery Calderón. Manager Carlo Ancelotti knows LaLiga well and may have some advice to his striking group on how best to go about breaking down the home defence.
"It's no advantage having played them before as it's always difficult to play against them," Ancelotti said in his pre-match press conference. "They are very organised and play with a lot of intensity."
During his time at Real Madrid Ancelotti faced Simeone's side on 13 occasions, with a record of four wins, four draws and five defeats.
Ancelotti confirmed that Mats Hummels will be fit for the match after the Germany international picked up a knock last weekend at Hamburg.
Spain international Javi Martínez said that his side were expecting a difficult match in the Calderón:
"It's a struggle to get anything from this stadium. A point away from home would be good for us although we always play to win. We're up against the team who beat us in the semi-finals and even though we've won every game so far we know tomorrow's game will be really tough."
Atlético - Bayern Munich: Possible line-ups
Atlético Madrid: Oblak, Godín, Filipe Luís, Giménez, Juanfran, Gabi, Gaitán, Saúl, Koke, Griezmann, Gameiro.
Bayern Múnich: Neuer, Rafinha, Javi Martínez, Hummels (a doubt), Alaba, Joshua Kimmich, Thiago, Vidal, Müller, Lewandowski, Douglas Costa.
Atlético Madrid vs Bayern Munich: match build-up
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*Update 28 de septiembre de 2016
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