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  • Saul effort after 12 minutes gave Atletico a slender advantage
  • Fernando Torres denied by the post late in the second half
  • David Alaba and Arturo Vidal closest to pulling back Bayern goal

FULL TIME: Atletico Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich

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Saul's strike gives Atletico the advantage. Getty

Another chance for Vidal! The ball breaks to the Chilean on the edge of the box and he has space to run onto it and hit a shot. We have seen him hammer so many efforts home over the years, but this time he looks to sidefoot it, and it's an easy save for Oblak. That should be that.

One last chance for Bayern, maybe? Muller whips a fine ball into the six yard area that Benatia gets his head on, but he can't get any direction to it and Oblak comfortably saves.

Costa darts in from the right, beats one man before lashing an effort from range, but it's bravely charged down by Savic. Moments later Alaba looks for the top corner with another bullet from outside the box, but again an Atletico defender gets in front of it.

Four minutes of time added on here.

Vidal is now booked for charging down Juanfran, NFL-style. Bayern are getting more and more frustrated with just minutes of normal time remaining.

Saul's night is over, Thomas Partey comes onto replace him.

Koke threatens to break into space down the left, but he runs the ball out of play. Benatia sticks out a leg to send him sprawling anyway and the entire Atletico bench leaps to its feet in protest. Benatia, who has only been on for the past few minutes, is booked and so is Neuer, who ran over to stick his beak in.

Less than 10 minutes of this contest remaining.

A cross from the right makes it's way over to Alaba on the left but this time he lashes a wild effort well over the bar.

Another change for Bayern, Bernat is coming off, Benatia will replace him.

Atletico hit the post! It's almost the perfect counter finished off by Torres who is freed inside the box by Griezmann. His first touch is immaculate, bamboozling Alaba as he cuts inside for the shot, but it cannons back off the inside of the post! It falls to Koke just inside the box, he steadies himself and shoots, but Neuer keeps it out.

Vidal denied! From the left, the Chile international arrows one towards the far top corner, but Oblak is equal to it. The ball breaks to Ribery who tries to slide a ball through for an onrushing teammate, but he overhits it.

Cheeky effort Costa. The Brazilian, running down the inside right channel into the box, meets a long ball with a first time dink, but there is just too much on it and it sails over.

Vidal plays a terrible ball out from the back that Torres is about an inch away from jumping onto, but it squirms away from him and the Chilean gets away with it.

Pep Guardiola has seen enough, here comes Franck Ribery to replace Coman.

Vidal clips a neat ball over for Lewandowski who tries a shot into the far corner from a tight angle, but he can't quite get it right.

Coman drives into the box and no Atletico player dares challenge him in case they take him down. Instead, Gimenez gets across to make the block. The resulting corner comes in, but Fernando Torres is on the scene to nut it away.

Bayern close again! Coman lifts a cracking corner in straight onto the noggin of Martinez, but it's straight at Oblak who catches well.

What an effort from Alaba! From over 30 yards out, the defender thumps a sublime shot that looks to be veering into the top corner, only for it to come back off the cross bar. Wonderful technique.

It's been all Bayern in the opening five minutes of this half, but Oblak hasn't really been troubled yet.

Bayern still have a couple of handy options on the bench, remember. Thomas Muller and Franck Ribery are kicking back at the minute.

Lewandowski springs down the left flank after clipping the ball wonderfully over Juanfran, before cutting a ball back across the six yard area. It's too far away from Coman but Vidal can reach it, only to punt a poor effort straight at Savic who can clear.

And Atletico get us back underway for the second half.

HALF TIME: Atletico Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich

Boos cascade down from around the Vicente Calderon as the fans demand a half-time whistle. Vidal fires a effort from range over the bar and they get their wish.

Brilliant play from Atletico - particularly from Saul who beats his man with a wonderfully deft flick - over on the left side of the pitch, retaining possession wonderfully before winning a corner.

And just as a write that, Douglas Costa is shown a yellow card for raking his studs down Saul. There's been plenty of crafty little challenges like that in the last five minutes, a card was coming.

Plenty of bite to this contest so far, as you may have expected. But Mark Clattenburg seems to be doing a decent job of keeping a lid on things so far.

Lahm lays a smart ball for for Vidal who goes for an ambitious hit 25 yards out from goal, but it is always sailing over.

Good break from Bayern, but there is nothing at the end of it. Costa springs forward on the counter, freeing Coman down the right wing. He reaches the byline, cuts in and out again past Luis and drills a ball across goal, but Oblak again gets their first.

Griezmann slips around Martinez and drives into the box but can only prod an effort on goal under pressure from the Spaniard. It still draws a decent stop out of Neuer, and Bayern clear from the resulting corner.

A corner floats all the way over the Lahm on the edge of the box. He controls instantly and jinks inside past his man before rifling a shot into the box that is blocked. Hand ball, maybe? Lahm thinks so. Mark Clattenburg is having none of it.

Costa stands over it, but instead of flinging a cross into the box, he tries to beat Oblak at his near post, a lashing a shot in looking for the bottom corner. It's a clever effort, but it can only find the side netting.

Luis tries to backheel his way out of trouble in his own half, but Coman blocks it, knocking it forward to Vidal in the process. The Chilean tries to break down the right flank but has his heels clipped. Bayern free kick.

Felipe Luis is cut down by Alonso on the half way line as he surges forward. Late challenge from the former Liverpool defender and he's over to apologise to the full-back straight away. It helps him avoid a booking.

Douglas Costa nips inside his man from the left, feeding the ball to Alaba who hooks a shot on goal, but it is always veering comfortably wide for Oblak.

Oooh, Atletico almost concede immediately after their opener! Gimenez makes an awful mess of his attempted clearance, slicing it straight to Vidal who heads for goal, looping the ball over Oblak, only for Gimenez to make up for it and just about hook it away to safety.

*Insert Better Call Saul joke here*

Saul with a sensational solo effort! From 30 yards out, the midfielder shimmies in from the right flank, jinking inside past three challenges into the box before curling into the bottom corner past Neuer! Outstanding effort.

Goal! Atletico Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich (Saul Niguez, 10)

Half a chance for Bayern as Coeman springs onto a loose Atletico pass to venture into space down the right but he cannot pick out a teammate in the box and Oblak collects.

Atletico force the first effort on goal through Saul Niguez, who lifts a fairly harmless effort into Neuer's arms.

And Bayern get us underway.

And we are just about both ready to get underway, both teams are out on the pitch and the Champions League anthem is belted out. More people need to sing along to it.

Late change to the Atletico squad, Olivier Torres is out of the squad due to illness and is replaced by Matias Kranevitter.

Atletico have garnered a reputation as one of the toughest teams to beat in Europe for a very good reason. In addition to having the best defensive record in Spain this season, they have conceded just once on their own turf in this season's Champions League campaign.

There has only ever been meeting between these two sides prior to tonight. The 1974 European Cup final between Bayern and Atletico ended in a 1-1 draw after extra time, with a replay following two days later. The German giants ran riot on that occasion, with Gerd Müller bagging a brace in a dominant 4-0 win.

Yannick Ferreira Carrasco is unavailable for Atletico with an ankle problem with Augusto Fernandez stepping in for the Belgian. With Diego Godin absent, it was a toss-up between Stefan Savic and Lucas Hernandez for the vacant spot at centre-half, with the former Manchester City defender getting the nod.

A few big shouts from Pep, then. Bayern will start this evening without a single specialist centre half in their starting XI, with David Alaba and Javi Martinez deployed in those roles. Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso are back in after being given a breather at the weekend, but Jerome Boateng misses out completely, despite being included in the travelling party after recovering from a three month lay-off.

BREAKING: Stefan Savic comes into the Atletico XI, Fernando Torres returns up front.

Atletico team to face Bayern: Oblak, Juanfran, Gimenez, Savic, Filipe Luis, Gabi, Augusto, Koke, Saul, Griezmann, Torres.

BREAKING: Pep Guardiola leaves Thomas Muller on the bench, alongside Franck Ribery. Jerome Boateng misses out completely.

Bayern team to face Atletico: Neuer, Thiago, Martínez, Lewandowski, Costa, Alonso, Bernat, Lahm, Vidal, Alaba, Coman

Subs: Tasci, Benatia, Ribéry, Götze, Müller, Kimmich

Bayern team news

Jerome Boateng was named in the Bayern squad that travelled to Madrid and is line for a comeback after three months out with a groin problem. "We will decide tomorrow", Guardiola told a press conference on Tuesday when asked whether a starting role beckons for the Germany international.

Diego Simeone's side are without their influential centre-half Diego Godin, however. The Uruguay international suffered a thigh injury in last Wednesday's win over Athletic Bilbao and is not expected to recover in time.

Atletico team news

The home side have Fernando Torres available once again after the former Liverpool striker served a suspension in the quarter-final second leg clash with Barcelona. With five goals in his last six appearances – he drew a blank in Saturday's 1-0 win over Malaga – his presence up front should be a given.

Tonight and next week's return leg will be the last occasions we get to see Diego Simeone rampaging up and down the touchline this season - unless Atletico reach the final. The Argentine coach was today banned for three La Liga games after he appeared to instruct a ball boy to throw a ball on to the pitch to stop a Malaga counter attack on Saturday, meaning he watch his side's league title run in from the stands.

After Tuesday's clash between Manchester City and Real Madrid didn't quite live up to its billing, we are hoping for some fireworks at the Vicente Calderon tonight.

Atletico Madrid, having eliminated holders and favourites Barcelona in the quarter-finals, are looking to end Pep Guardiola's last chance of winning a Champions League for Bayern Munich. We are scheduled for a 7:45pm [GMT] kick off with team news expected in the next half hour. Stay tuned.