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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.

It's Barcelona's turn to attack now. Neymar stands up Juanfran and flicks in a pinpoint cross for Messi, who takes the ball on his chest under pressure from Griezmann and Godin to fire an inventive bicycle kick just wide.

Neymar then rattles the woodwork with a curling right-footed shot and Filipe Luis makes a vital last-gasp intervention to deny Messi. The hosts are playing with a much greater tempo now.

10-man Atletico bravely push forward in search of a second, but Mascherano is in the right place at the right time to block Filipe Luis' header from a Saul Niguez cross.

Busquets is then booked for elbowing Saul during an aerial challenge.

The second halves are off and running. No changes as of yet.

It's been the Torres show so far in tonight's headline encounter, with the 32-year-old netting a vital away goal - his 11th in 15 games against Barcelona - before losing his head with two silly and entirely avoidable yellow cards.

Atletico have remained admirably disciplined despite going down to 10 men, packing the middle of the park and forcing a somewhat lackluster Barcelona to try and threaten from wide areas. Simeone will at least be glad that red card came after they were given something to defend.


Barcelona 0-1 Atletico Madrid

Bayern Munich 1-0 Benfica

Neymar fails to trouble Jan Oblak with a difficult strike. We are approaching the end of two minutes of stoppage time at the Nou Camp.

Neymar heads down into the feet of Suarez, but the ball veers wide as the offside flag is raised.

Two committed blocks from Bayern, with Bernat denying Mitroglou and Vidal stretching to thwart Nico Gaitan. Shouts for handball are waved away by referee Szymon Marciniak.

Renato Sanches has stayed down clutching his midriff following a collision with Costa. It looks like he may have been winded. He'll be fine to continue.

Simeone's anger is only increased as Busquets avoids sanction for a late challenge. He waves an imaginary card on the touchline to no effect. Angry words exchanged between Neymar and Lucas.

Speaking of cautions, Bernat has just received one for hauling back Pizzi.

A dream first half for Torres turns into a nightmare as he collects a second yellow card for charging into Sergio Busquets. A brainless and unnecessary challenge from the oft-maligned striker that could prove a decisive moment in the tie.

Simeone is obviously furious but he can have few complaints.

Red card: Fernando Torres (Atletico Madrid)

Almost a second goal for Vidal in Bavaria, but his latest header from Muller's cross is headed into the ground and over.

Barcelona are all at sea in central defence at the moment. Torres picks out Griezmann with a lofted pass and the Frenchman beats Alba with a stretching effort that Ter Stegen does well to scoop wide.

Koke becomes the second Atletico player to be booked for stopping Messi from launching a counter attack.

Ederson to the rescue for Benfica once more after Muller looked to apply the finishing touch to a cleverly chipped Thiago free-kick.

After the goal comes a yellow card. Torres into the book for a deliberate trip on Neymar.

Torres' fine run against Barcelona continues as he notches his first Champions League goal since 2014. After Pique comes racing out to close down the ball and leaves a gaping hole on the edge of the box, Koke sets his compatriot free with a simple low pass.

Torres collects possession and confidently nutmegs Ter Stegen with Javier Mascherano nowhere to be seen.

Goal: Barcelona 0-1 Atletico Madrid (Fernando Torres)

Griezmann has been quiet so far tonight for Atletico, but he tests the waters with a low shot that drifts wide.

Clear-cut chances wasted in both matches. First, Ederson makes a crucial save to deny Muller after a beautiful ball from Thiago Alcantara and Neymar then inexplicably heads an Alves cross over from close range.

Ribery has also been cautioned for a late challenge on Andre Almeida.

The 14th minute of play at the Nou Camp is greeted by a hearty round of applause from supporters, who continue to pay tribute to Johan Cruyff after the Barcelona, Ajax and Netherlands icon passed away in March following a battle with lung cancer.

A rare miscue from Messi, who fires over on the volley after being teed up by a perfect cross from Alba.

In Germany, Ederson dives bravely at the feet of Lewandowski as the striker looks to turn home captain Philip Lahm's dangerous low delivery.

Ribery looks to further test the Benfica 'keeper but his ambitious long-range effort is sliced well over the crossbar.

Not much at all happening in Catalonia, where Atletico, as you might expect given their superb defensive reputation, are maintaining a good shape.

Torres makes good headway down the right-hand side of Barcelona's penalty area, but support is slow in coming and the threat is easily snuffed out by Ivan Rakitic and Dani Alves.

Costa tries to double Bayern's early advantage at the Allianz Arena, cutting inside Eliseu before unleashing a shot that is well held by Ederson.

The first shot in anger between Barca and Atletico comes from Messi, who drags a low left-footed drive wide of the post following an incisive horizontal run from Neymar.

Pep Guardiola claimed in the build-up to tonight that this Benfica defence was arguably the best in Europe. As it turns out, they have been breached inside three minutes as Vidal heads firmly past Ederson from Juan Bernat's cross. Lovely build-up play involving Ribery and Lewandowski.

What a nightmare start for the visitors. Manager Rui Vitoria will be beside himself.

Goal: Bayern Munich 1-0 Benfica (Arturo Vidal)

Before kick-off, we should mention that both Barcelona and Atletico will be wearing their away strips tonight after Uefa made the request "in an effort to improve visibility and clearly differentiate the teams for both referees and spectators".

This will be repeated at the Calderon next week.

Five minutes remaining until both games are underway.

There is certainly no shortage of firepower across both games tonight. Messi, Neymar and Suarez- or MSN, as they have become known - are responsible for a quite staggering 107 goals between them already this term.

Torres can boast 10 in just 14 career outings against Barcelona and will be ably supported by Carrasco and Griezmann in an attacking lineup.

Meanwhile, Benfica, who are currently on course to defend their Primeira Liga crown ahead of ex-boss Jorge Jesus and Sporting CP, boast one of Europe's most formidable strikers in 32-goal Jonas. Strike partner Kostas Mitroglou, still on loan from Fulham, is no slouch either with 19 to his name so far in 2015-16.

Bayern's attack, spearheaded by Robert Lewandowski and comprising the experience of Ribery with the endless trickery of Douglas Costa and the sheer consistency of Thomas Muller, should require little introduction.

Barcelona's last meeting with Atletico came in January, when Koke gave Los Rojiblancos an early lead at the Nou Camp only for Filipe Luis and Godin to both be sent off for reckless challenges in a 2-1 defeat that also featured first-half efforts from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.

The Argentine, who has scored 25 times in 28 games against tonight's opponents including three hat-tricks, also came off the bench in September to net the winning goal after a Neymar free-kick had levelled Torres' opener.

Benfica's current list of absentees includes goalkeeper Julio Cesar and captain Luisao as well as Nuno Santos. Brazilian centre-back Jardel returns from suspension and Lisandro Lopez is listed among the substitutes.

Arjen Robben, Mehdi Benatia, Jerome Boateng and Holger Badstuber are out for Bayern, who beat Einracht Frankfurt 1-0 at the weekend for their fourth consecutive victory. They are five points clear of nearest challengers Borussia Dortmund at the Bundesliga's summit.

Javi Martinez and Kingsley Coman are both on the bench.

Benfica team to face Bayern Munich: Ederson, Almeida, Lindelof, Jardel, Eliseu, Fejsa, Renato, Pizzi, Gaitan, Jonas, Mitroglou

Subs: Paulo Lopes, Lisandro, Semedo, Samaris, Salvio, Talisca, Raul

Bayern Munich team to face Benfica: Neuer, Lahm, Kimmich, Bernat, Alaba, Vidal, Alcantara, Costa, Ribery, Muller, Lewandowski

Subs: Ulreich, Martínez, Rafinha, Alonso, Gotze, Rode, Coman

As for Atletico, Simeone welcomes back defensive lynchpin Diego Godin from a hamstring injury but is without Stefan Savic due to a muscle problem sustained in training. 20-year-old Lucas Hernandez lines up in the heart of defence.

Diego Godin
Godin and Jimenez could miss the Champions League trip to Barcelona. Getty.

Belgian international Yannick Ferreira Carrasco is also back, but Jose Maria Gimenez, Oliver Torres and Tiago Mendes remain sidelined.

No surprises from Barcelona, who continue with their policy of rotating goalkeepers Claudio Bravo and Marc-Andre ter Stegen depending on the competition but are otherwise unchanged from that aforementioned clasico loss.

Sandro, Adriano, Aleix Vidal and Jeremy Mathieu are all injured, while Jordi Masip and Douglas did not make Luis Enrique's 18-man squad.

Atletico team to face Barcelona: Oblak, Juanfran, Godin, Lucas, Filipe Luis, Gabi, Saul, Koke, Carrasco, Griezmann, Torres,

Subs: Moya, Gamez, Thomas, Kranevitter, Augusto, Correa, Vietto

Barcelona team to face Atletico: Ter Stegen, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta, Messi, Suarez, Neymar

Subs: Bravo, Roberto, Vermaelen, Bartra, Turan, Rafinha, Munir

Barcelona's formidable 39-match unbeaten streak was finally brought to an end on Saturday as a late winner from Cristiano Ronaldo sealed a surprise 2-1 defeat to fierce rivals Real Madrid in Catalonia. Gerard Pique's header had earlier been cancelled out by an acrobatic finish from Karim Benzema.

Luis Suarez
Neymar and Luis Suarez endured a frustrating night as Barcelona fell to a 2-1 defeat against Real Madrid Reuters

Blaugrana have won all of their last six meetings against Atletico dating back to January 2015, but did come unstuck against Diego Simeone's side at this stage of the Champions League in 2013-14. The visitors prepared for this clash by thrashing Real Betis at the Vicente Calderon. Antoine Griezmann notched a brace in a 5-1 rout that also included goals from Fernando Torres, Juanfran and Thomas Partey.

Those results saw second-place Atletico move within six points of leaders Barcelona with seven games left to play. They are now only one ahead of a resurgent Real, however.

Hello and a very warm welcome to IBTimes UK's live coverage of the 2015-16 Champions League quarter-finals. Manchester City take on Paris Saint-Germain and Wolfsburg face Real Madrid tomorrow, but tonight the focus falls upon the Nou Camp as La Liga title rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid go head-to-head in the most eye-catching tie of the round.

In the evening's other game, Pep Guardiola and Bayern Munich host Portuguese champions Benfica in Bavaria. Previews, team news, line-ups and updates to follow, so don't go anywhere....