Uefa Champions League 2015-16 quarter-final first legs

Full-time: Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid

Full-time: Bayern Munich 1-0 Benfica

  • Barcelona secure slender advantage in feisty all-La Liga clash thanks to a second-half brace from Luis Suarez
  • Atletico took the lead when Fernando Torres nutmegged Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, but the striker was sent off just 10 minutes later for a second bookable offence
  • In Bavaria, Bayern Munich narrowly beat Benfica thanks to Arturo Vidal's header just two minutes into the game
  • Robert Lewandowski spurned an excellent chance to double the hosts' advantage late on
  • Benfica talisman Jonas was booked and will now be suspended for the second leg in Lisbon
Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez is mobbed by Barcelona teammates after sealing his brace at the Nou Camp AFP

That is all we have time for tonight, but join IBTimes UK again tomorrow as we bring you live coverage of Manchester City's maiden Champions League quarter-final tie against Paris Saint-Germain. We will also be across Real Madrid's visit to Wolfsburg.

Goodbye for now.


As for Bayern, they will be disappointed not to have secured a more impressive first-leg advantage after Vidal had put them in front so early on. Like Atletico, Benfica will be quietly content that they have every chance of making things difficult on their own turf.

The lack of an away goal complicates things for the Portuguese champions, however.


All things considered, that is far from a terrible outcome for Atletico. They looked comfortable at 1-0 before Torres' foolish dismissal and may have been fearing a heavy defeat as Barcelona launched wave after wave of attacks in the second half. As it is, they head back to Madrid next Wednesday narrowly trailing and with a potentially crucial away goal in their back pocket.



Barcelona 2-1 Atletico

Bayern Munich 1-0 Benfica


Five minutes of added time were signalled in both games, but we've seen no further chances as the clocks tick down to full-time.


Enrique's final change sees Angel Correa come on for Saul.


A defence-splitting pass from Vidal sees Lewandowski spring the offside trap. Clean through on goal, he looks to round Ederson before unselfishly trying to tee up Lahm with an overhit ball that goes astray. What an unbelievable waste.

Andreas Samaris is on for Pizzi.


Cries for a penalty from the Nou Camp as Messi tumbles over the outstretched leg of Lucas. Nothing given. Yet another booking for Atletico, this time it's substitute Fernandez who is punished for a nasty challenge on Alves.

Three minutes plus stoppage time remaining in both games.


Jonas, suspended for the second leg, shakes the hand of Eduardo Salvio in Benfica's latest change. Barcelona, meanwhile, introduce former Atletico favourite Arda Turan in place of Iniesta. That was Enrique's third and final substitution.


Sergi Roberto comes on for Busquets. This will be a long last 10 minutes for Atletico.


Perhaps the most blatant booking you have ever seen for Lucas after the French centre-back scythes down Neymar as he looked to run clear. Oblak quickly follows him into the book for time wasting.


The comeback is complete. Messi and Suarez combine nicely on the edge of the box before the latter powerfully heads Alves' cross beyond Oblak. Utterly ruthless.

Atletico respond by throwing on another midfielder in Thomas. Griezmann jogs off.


Goal: Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid (Luis Suarez)


A rare Atletico attack comes to nothing and Barcelona look to break quickly before Alba is taken out by Griezmann. Another yellow card.


Suarez has been sailing very close to the wind tonight and he finally picks up a yellow card for a clash with Filipe Luis.


Good challenge from Koke to dispossess Alba. There has been a change apiece in Bavaria, where Coman replaces Costa and striker Raul Jimenez comes on for Mitroglou.


Barca made a change just after the goal, bringing on Rafinha in place of Rakitic. His first game for almost seven months since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament against Roma in September.


Barcelona have been threatening an equaliser for some time and they finally level just past the hour mark. Suarez is the man who has it, smartly guiding the ball home from close range after Alba had volleyed Alves' cross towards goal.


Goal: Barcelona 1-1 Atletico Madrid (Luis Suarez)


No shortage of yellow cards so far tonight. Benfica's Victor Lindelof the latest player to have his name taken for pulling down Lewandowski.


Filipe Luis is booked just before Neymar drifts in from the left flank and goes past Koke before flashing a low shot just wide from 20 yards. They are getting closer.


Benfica's Jardel blocks Costa's vicious strike with his face. That had to hurt. Jonas then collects a booking that will sadly rule him out of next week's second leg at the Estadio da Luz.

Guardiola sends on Martinez in place of Joshua Kimmich.


Barcelona are dominating proceedings now and looking to make use of their numerical advantage. It's backs against the wall for Atletico, who survive when Oblak makes a smart low save from Messi and Juanfran can clear.


The first substitution of the evening comes from Simeone. Carrasco is withdrawn and replaced by former Celta Vigo midfielder Augusto Fernandez.

Rakitic finds Neymar with a searching cross but the Brazilian can only head straight at Oblak from eight yards out.