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A. Vidal
Yellow Card
84'
A. Griezmann
Penalty Miss
40'
J. Boateng
Yellow Card
35'
Y. Carrasco
A. Griezmann
1 - 0
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Thiago Alcântara
Yellow Card

Match Stats

Possession
32% 67%
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7
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 5 4
Total Passes 345 702
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Atlético Madrid ATM Atlético Madrid 6 5 0 1 7 2 +5 15 L W W W W
2 Bayern München FCB Bayern München 6 4 0 2 14 6 +8 12 W L W W L
3 Rostov ROS Rostov 6 1 2 3 6 12 -6 5 D W L L D
4 PSV PSV PSV 6 0 2 4 4 11 -7 2 D L L L D

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8th Finals
UEFA Europa League

Commentary

The referee blows his whistle for the final time and the Atletico fans go crazy! The home side were excellent all evening long and fully deserve to leave with a one-goal victory against a very average Bayern side. The Germans looked bereft of ideas in front of goal and lacked the intensity needed to break down their opponents, who defended diligently and shut out the visitors with high and intense pressing from start to finish.
FULL-TIME: ATLETICO MADRID 1-0 BAYERN MUNICH
With just seconds remaining, Bayern are pushing as many bodies forward as possible. Vidal picks up the ball over on the left wing and sends a great cross right on to the head of Ribery, but the Frenchman can only send his header straight into the hands of Oblak in the middle of the goal.
And now Gameiro goes close! The resulting corner bounces over to the right-hand side of the box, where this time it's Gameiro who is left in space by the Bayern defenders, but his rocket of a shot ends up flying into the side-netting.
T. Partey
A. Griezmann
Atletico have made a late defensive change, with Partey coming on to replace Griezmann for the final few minutes of the game.
Chance for Godin! Atletico win themselves a free-kick midway inside the Bayern half of the pitch, which is quickly chipped over to the far post. Godin is left in far too much space by the visitors and is able to pick up the ball before unleashing a thumping volley, but it deflects off Lahm and flies over the top of the crossbar.
The fourth official has indicated that there will be five minutes of added time.
Bayern are bossing possession at the moment but just can't seem to do anything with the ball in advanced areas. Atletico have every available player camped behind the ball and are doing incredibly well to keep the visitors at bay and hold on to their slender lead.
The resulting free-kick is chipped into the middle of the Bayern penalty area by Koke, but it fails to find a red and white shirt and is easily dealt with by the visitors before they win themselves a free-kick further up the pitch.
A. Vidal
Yellow Card
Vidal crashes into Saul and sends the midfielder crashing to the ground with a hefty challenge 25 yards away from the Bayern goal. Both players are hurt by the coming together and look to be in serious pain, but it doesn't stop the referee from showing the Chilean a yellow card as soon as he's able to get back to his feet.
A. Griezmann
Penalty Miss
MISS! Griezmann steps up and scoops his strike straight on to the crossbar after beating Neuer. Bayern live to fight another day, but will they be able to take advantage of the Frenchman's miss with a late equaliser?
PENALTY! Atletico come back once again and Luis picks up the ball over on the left-hand side of the Bayern box, but as soon as he does he clattered into by a reckless, clumsy challenge from Vidal, leaving the referee with no choice but to point to the spot. What a chance this is for Atletico to double their lead...
Luis breaks into the left-hand side of the Bayern penalty on a great run and heads towards the near post before unleashing a thumping low strike, but Martinez is just about able to throw his body in the way of the ball to stop it from testing Neuer.
Fantastic opportunity for Robben! Bayern move the ball around really nicely before Vidal and Robben link up brilliantly on the edge of the Atletico penalty area, but the Dutchman's curling strike ends up flying just past the far post. That was far better from the Bavarians!
N. Gaitán
Fernando Torres
Atletico have made their second substitution of the night, with Gaitan coming on to replace Torres.
What a chance for Lewandowski! A Bayern attacking move breaks down and Atletico immediately try to hit them on a swift counter-attack, but Torres is dispossessed by Hummels and the Bavarians push forward once again. They work the ball around patiently before a lovely cross is curled into the box by Alonso, but Lewandowski's header ends up bouncing just past the far post.
Griezmann goes close! Torres breaks into the right-hand side of the Bayern penalty area after beating Hummels far too easily and heads towards the byline before chipping a lovely cross over to the far post, but Griezmann is immediately put under pressure by Martinez and ends up sending his close-range headed effort looping over the top of the crossbar and on to the roof of the net.
It just isn't working for Bayern, who look bereft of ideas in advanced areas. After spending an age passing the ball around midway inside the Atletico half of the pitch, Hummels eventually tries to pick out Lahm with a deep cross over to the far post, but it's completely overhit by the centre-back and flies harmlessly out of play for a goal-kick.
K. Gameiro
Y. Carrasco
Carrasco receives a rousing round of applause from the home fans as he makes his way off the pitch to be replaced by Gameiro.
Atletico come back once again and work the ball over to Gabi, who then thumps a lovely deep cross towards the far post. It flies over the top of the Bayern defence and almost finds Torres in front of goal, but it sails just past the outstretched foot of the striker and into the hands of Neuer.
And now almost an opportunity for Torres! Griezmann picks up the ball on the edge of the Bayern box and immediately flicks it over to Torres, who is in a great position over to his right, but the striker's first touch is poor and sends the ball squirming under his feet just as he's about to shoot.
Great chance for Carrasco! The Belgian, who has seen little of the ball since the half-time break, is left in a pocket of space just outside of the Bayern penalty area and is allowed to unleash a bouncing low shot, but Neuer does well to dart across his goal before pushing it away with a smart diving save.
J. Kimmich
Thiago Alcântara
Thiago has been walking a tightrope recently with some of his rash challenges, so Ancelloti has decided to replace him with Kimmich in Bayern's final alteration of the night.
It's all Bayern at the moment as they patiently work the ball around the Atletico half of the pitch, but, as has been the case for the vast majority of the evening, the home side are putting them under an incredible amount of pressure as they continually make it very difficult for the visitors in advanced areas.
Ribery is caught as he tries to advance down the left wing, resulting in a free-kick for Bayern in an advantageous position 30 yards away from the Atletico goal. Alonso steps up and chips a dangerous cross into the heart of the penalty area, but Godin is there to clear the danger with a strong header.
M. Hummels
J. Boateng
Boateng has been replaced by Hummels in Bayern's second change of the evening.
Big call by the referee! Thiago charges into Carrasco and catches the Belgian on the leg with a rash challenge. He's already been booked and immediately looks to the referee with a look of shock in his eyes, but the man in charge decides not to show him a second yellow card and instead just gives him a stern talking to.
A. Robben
T. Müller
Bayern have made their first substitution of the game, and it's a very interesting one, with Muller making way for Robben for the final 30 minutes of the game.
Saul and Juanfran link up well just outside of the Bayern box before the latter tries to tee up the former with a poked pass into the box, but Alaba sticks out a foot and is just about able to stop the ball from finding the Atletico midfielder, who had made a great run forward.
Chance for Alaba! Ribery weaves his way down the left flank before cutting inside and teeing up Alaba, who is left in a pocket of space by the home side, but the full-back's thumping strike is sent straight at Oblak and the goalkeeper is easily able to push it out for a corner.
A poor pass from Luis gifts the ball to Lahm, who bursts forward before finding Muller over on the right wing. The forward takes a couple of quick touches before curling a low cross towards Lewandowski, who had made a good run into the Atletico penalty area, but it's unable to find the striker and is easily cut out on the edge of the box.
Alaba breaks down the left wing before winning Bayern a throw-in, which is sent short before being worked back to full-back. He then fires a volleyed cross into the penalty area and towards Muller, but Godin is there to beat the forward to the ball at the vital moment.
Free header for Muller! The corner is sent deep and finds Muller completely unmarked on the right-hand side of the six-yard box, but his diving header isn't executed cleanly enough to test Oblak, who is able to watch the effort bounce into the side-netting.
Vidal is brought down by Gabi and Bayern are awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position in the middle of the pitch. Alonso steps up and curls a cross over to the far post, but Savic is there to rise high above Martinez and head the ball out for a corner over on the left wing.
Great run from Juanfran! The right-back flies forward on a brilliant run as he weaves his way through a group of black shirts. He heads towards the edge of the Bayern penalty area and then tries to poke a through-ball into the path of Torres inside the box, but it's overhit and fails to find the striker.
Atletico immediately win the ball and push forward on a patient attacking move deep down the left wing. Koke picks up possession in a pocket of space 30 yards away from the Bayern goal and quickly curls a cross into the heart of the penalty area, but there's nobody there to meet it and the ball ends up flying into the hands of Neuer.
And we're underway once again!
The two teams are making their way back out on to the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the half-time break.
Atletico head into the half-time break with a 1-0 lead and they certainly deserve to be in front. The home side have been the better of the two sides thus far thanks to a hard-working and intense performance all over the pitch. Simeone's men have done wonderfully well to put their opponents under an incredible amount of pressure with their high pressing, which has ruined the flow of the visitors' attacking moves and has made life tough for their central midfielders, who have struggled to control the game as a result.
HALF-TIME: ATLETICO MADRID 1-0 BAYERN MUNICH
Ribery is involved in a good Bayern move once again and this time tees up Muller, but the German's attempted flick over to Lewandowski fails to find the striker and Atletico are able to hold on to their slender lead with just a few more seconds left to play of the first half.
Ribery picks up the ball on the edge of the Atletico box and immediately threads a deft pass into the path of Alaba. The full-back meets it well over on the left wing before firing a low cross towards the near post, where Lewandowski is waiting, but the Poland international is unable to make decent contact with the ball and Oblak can cut out the danger.
Atletico quickly win back possession and push forward again before winning themselves a throw-in deep down the right wing. It fails to come to anything, however, and Bayern are able to break away on a counter-attack that's brought to a premature end by a clumsy challenge on Lewandowski by Godin.
J. Boateng
Yellow Card
Boateng becomes the third Bayern player to receive a booking after catching Saul with a late challenge over on the right wing. A wonderful curling free-kick is sent into the heart of the penalty area, where it almost finds Godin, but the centre-back is penalised for pushing as soon as he jumps into the air.
Golden opportunity for Ribery! The Frenchman cuts inside from the left wing and plays a smart one-two with Lewandowski before winning the ball back. Godin falls backwards at the worst possible moment and allows the Bayern winger to strike the ball, but he scuffs his shot slightly and sends it bouncing agonisingly wide of the near post. He really should have got that on target!
Atletico hit Bayern on a similar counter-attack after picking up the ball in the middle of the pitch, and this time it's Torres who's presented with a chance to shoot. He darts towards the edge of the Bayern box before looking to unleash a strike, but he's out-muscled by Martinez at the vital moment to stop him from doing so.
Y. Carrasco
Goal
GOAL! Atletico have taken the lead! The home side win back possession in the middle of the pitch before embarking on a quick counter-attack through Carrasco. He flies forward on an excellent run before penetrating the penalty area, and he then fires a lovely low shot past the outstretched limbs of Neuer and into the back of the net via the far post.
A. Griezmann
Assist
Griezmann did well to pick out Carrasco after Alonso made an error in the build-up, but great pressing from Atletico is what made that goal possible. Bayern look slightly rattled in the middle of the pitch and haven't been anywhere near as effective as they would have wanted to be.
Torres hits the side-netting! A lovely through-ball from Saul flies through the middle of the Bayern back line and into the path of Torres, who is in a great position over on the left-hand side of the box, but he can only send his strike into the side of the net after beating Neuer with a thumping shot.
Thiago Alcântara
Yellow Card
The throw-in fails to come to anything after a poor pass is well dealt with by Luis. The Brazilian then cuts inside before embarking on a marauding run towards the halfway line, but he's cynically tripped by Thiago, who receives the latest yellow card as a result.
It's all Bayern at the moment as they continue to boss possession inside the Atletico half of the pitch. The ball eventually finds its way to Ribery, who is in a good position deep down the left flank, but he's unable to beat Juanfran and has to settle for a throw-in near to the corner flag.
Vidal clatters into Koke and brings the midfielder crashing to the ground, resulting in a free-kick for Atletico in a dangerous position over on the left flank. The set-piece is curled into the middle of the Bayern penalty area, where six red and white shirts are waiting, but it's overhit and fails to find any of them before bouncing into the hands of Neuer.
Alaba picks up the ball in a pocket of space over on the left wing, but his swinging cross fails to find Lewandowski. The ball bounces out to Lahm, however, and the Bayern captain is more successful with his ball into the box, but, despite doing well to meet it, Lewandowski can only send his headed effort straight into the hands of Oblak in the middle of the goal.
P. Lahm
Yellow Card
After a nervy few moments, Bayern are able to get on the ball once again as they patiently work their way into the Atletico half of the pitch. Lahm receives possession deep down the right wing and tries to take on Luis, but his foot is slightly raised and ends up catching the full-back on the nose, resulting in a yellow card.
Almost another chance for Torres! Griezmann drifts out to the left channel and picks up the ball unopposed before swinging a low cross into the heart of the Bayern box, but it ends up rolling just a yard or two past Torres, who darted in to the penalty area in an attempt to reach the ball.
Torres hits the post! The corner is whipped towards the near post, where it deflects off Lewandowski and over to the far post. Torres is in a pocket of space just a few yards away from goal, but somehow he sends his headed effort straight into the woodwork instead of the back of the net. He really should have done better with that golden opportunity!
Luis drives down the left wing on a brilliant run and penetrates the penalty area before chipping a cross towards Griezmann, but Alonso sticks out a foot and is just about able to clear the ball out for a corner before it can find the striker in front of goal.
Chance for Carrasco! The Belgian weaves his way towards the Bayern penalty area on a great run before firing a low shot past Martinez and towards the bottom right-hand corner of the net, but Neuer gets down well and pushes the strike away from danger with a smart save. The game is starting to open up a bit more now and both sides are enjoying themselves in front of goal.
Juanfran gets himself in a pocket of space deep down the right wing and tries to take on Alaba, but the left-back stands tall and does well to knock the ball out for a throw-in. It's sent short and worked over to Saul, but the midfielder is quickly closed down by both Juanfran and Thiago before being dispossessed on the edge of the box.
Saúl
Yellow Card
Saul fails to control the ball on the edge of the Atletico penalty area and instead sends it bobbling out to Vidal, who is then clattered into by the midfielder, resulting in a free-kick in a dangerous position. Alaba takes the set-piece and unleashes a thumping shot from it, but it deflects off the wall of red and white shirts before sailing out for a corner.
Fantastic stop by Oblak! Atletico look slightly nervy at the back and are unable to fully clear the danger after Bayern push plenty of bodies forward. It allows Thiago to pick up the ball unopposed before chipping a beautiful pass on to the outstretched foot of Muller, but Oblak is there to deny the forward with an excellent diving save from point-blank range.
Great chance for Torres! The Atletico striker breaks into the right-hand side of the Bayern penalty area and does well to take advantage of sloppy play by Martinez, but the defender redeems himself with a strong tackle at the vital moment before the striker can get a shot away. He appeals for a penalty, but the referee isn't interested and waves play on.
Alaba breaks down the left flank nicely before swinging a dangerous cross into the Atletico penalty area, where it almost finds Lewandowski. However, the Polish striker is pounced upon by red and white shirts and is unable to reach the ball as a result.
Bayern have seen the majority of the ball thus far but, unsurprisingly, Atletico have been hassling them with incredible effect. The Bavarians haven't been given a chance to settle on the ball and it's meant that they haven't been able to string together a decent series of passes yet.
Vidal brings Griezmann crashing to the ground with a crunching challenge that results in a free-kick for Atletico. It's sent short and worked over to Juanfran, who then tries to tee up Saul, but his pass is overhit and rolls out of play for a goal-kick.
A lofted pass is thumped into the Atletico box, where Godin is put under pressure by Lewandowski and forced into heading the ball out for the first corner of the night. It's curled towards the near post but fails to beat the first man and Atletico are comfortably able to deal with the danger.
Bayern move the ball around nicely in the opening stages of the game before a curling cross is flung towards Lewandowski. It finds the striker on the edge of the Atletico penalty area but his first touch is slightly too heavy and sends the ball to Savic, who then clears it with ease.
And we're off! Atletico get us underway, attacking from left to right.
The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off. The atmosphere inside the stadium is electric, with both sets of fans in fine voice.
Meanwhile, Bayern boss Carlo Ancelloti has also made four alterations to the team that featured against Hamburg in their last outing, with Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Renato Sanches and Kingsley Coman making way for Jerome Boateng, Arturo Vidal, Xabi Alonso and Franck Ribery.
Diego Simeone has decided to make four changes to the Atletico side that started the 1-0 victory against Deportivo de La Coruna on the weekend, with Stefan Savic, Gabi, Saul Niguez and Fernando Torres coming into the starting line-up to replace Jose Gimenez, Nicolas Gaitan, Augusto Fernandez and Angel Correa, respectively.
Bayern Munich substitutes: Ulreich, Rafinha, Hummels, Sanches, Kimmich, Robben, Coman.
Bayern Munich XI (4-3-3): Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Martinez, Alaba; Vidal, Alonso, Thiago; Muller, Lewandowski, Ribery.
Atletico Madrid substitutes: Moreira, Vrsaljko, Lucas, Thomas, Gaitan, Correa, Gameiro.
Atletico Madrid XI (4-4-2): Oblak; Juanfran, Godin, Savic, Luis; Carrasco, Gabi, Saul, Koke; Torres, Griezmann.
There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this evening…
Tonight’s game is a replay of May’s semi-final, one that Atletico just about managed to win on away goals thanks to two defensively solid displays. With Rostov and PSV arguably battling for third place, a victory this evening could go a long way to deciding which of these two sides tops the group come December, meaning that today’s game is guaranteed to be just as hard-fought as their last coming together four months ago.
As for Bayern, their 100% league record remains intact thanks to Saturday’s victory against Hamburg, although it was one that the Bavarians only just managed to win thanks to a last-minute Joshua Kimmich goal. Five wins from five games has sent them straight to the top of the Bundesliga, whilst they absolutely demolished Rostov 5-0 in their opening Champions League game two weeks ago.
A 1-0 victory against PSV got Atletico off to a winning start in their opening Champions League clash, and either side of that they have won three of their last four La Liga games to send them up to third place in the table, just two points behind leaders Real. Diego Simeone’s men have looked particularly dangerous in front of goal, resulting in them scoring 11 times in just four games.
In recent years, only Barcelona and Real Madrid have matched the success of these two sides in the Champions League, who come together in what many are billing as one of this season’s most exciting group stage clashes. Both teams certainly are in excellent form at the moment and head into the game full of confidence thanks to strong starts to their respective domestic seasons.
Good evening and welcome to our live text commentary of today’s Champions League group stage game between Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.