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Advantage Atletico in Champions League

Published 2038 GMT (0438 HKT) April 27, 2016
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Saul Niguez gave Atletico Madrid the perfect start to its Champions League semifinal tie with a spectacular 11th minute strike. The midfielder danced his way through the Bayern Munich defense before curling home a sumptuous effort. Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Atletico, aiming to qualify for a second Champions League final in three years, dominated the first half with Bayern struggling to find its rhythm. David Ramos/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Robert Lewandowski, so prolific for Bayern this season, failed to make an impression against Atletico's miserly defense. David Ramos/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Bayern improved after the interval and created several chances. David Alaba's long-range effort smashed against the crossbar and Douglas Costa sent his effort wide of the far post. David Ramos/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Arturo Vidal, who reached the final with Juventus last season, had a fierce effort well saved by Jan Oblak in the Atletico goal. David Ramos/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Javi Martinez wasted a glorious effort to equalized for the visitor when he sent his header straight at Oblak from 10-yards. It means Bayern will now need to overturn a 1-0 deficit in the second leg in Munich on Tuesday if it is to progress to the final. Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images