Created on 2016-09-28 at 22:35 PM by Redaktion
FC Bayern lost their first match of the season on Wednesday evening, losing 1-0 away to Atlético Madrid. The 57,000 capacity crowd at the Estadio Vicente Calderón, a noisy and colourful cauldron, saw a tense and hotly-contested match and rose to hail Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco's opener for the hosts after the half-hour. It proved to be the match-winner.
Carlo Ancelotti made four changes to the side that saw off Hamburg on Saturday. Milestone man Jérôme Boateng, who made his 50th Champions League appearance, Xabi Alonso, Arturo Vidal and Franck Ribéry took over from Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Renato Sanches and Kingsley Coman.
Bayern started with Manuel Neuer between the sticks and behind a back four of Philipp Lahm, Boateng, Javi Martínez and David Alaba. Alonso had the holding role, Thiago and Vidal took up station in midfield behind a front three comprising Thomas Müller, Robert Lewandowski and Franck Ribéry. After a tactical skirmish in the first ten minutes, the 22 actors on the pitch lived up to the nominal value of the tie and its history.
FC Bayern won the 1974 European Cup, beating Atlético Madrid in the final. Finals, to be exact. It looked like Atlético would win the contest, but FCB legend Katsche Schwarzenbeck salvaged a draw in the dying stages of extra-time and the Bavarians went on to win the replay 4-0. In last season's semi-finals Atlético knocked out Bayern on away goals after two dramatic encouters.
Goals scarce despite chances galore
The first half of the fixture's fifth edition was tense and hotly-contested with frantic chances at either end. The German record champions piled forward in search of the opener, with Müller testing Atlético keeper Jan Oblak after 13 minutes. But the tides turned soon and Carrasco warmed Neuer's hands before Fernando Torres's header struck the post. Lewandowksi then connected with a Lahm cross, but Oblak was equal to his header. After 35 minutes Carrasco put Atlético in the lead with a low drive via the woodwork.
The teams were unchanged at half-time. Müller's header hit the side-netting in the early stages of the second interval before Alaba drew a save from Oblak. Around the hour mark Carlo Ancelotti sent on Arjen Robben, Mats Hummels and Joshua Kimmich for Müller, Boateng and Thiago, who sailed very close the wind after being booked, in an effort to raise the momentum. But it was the Spaniards who upped the pressure again, earning a penalty with five minutes to go, but the crossbar denied Antoine Griezmann from the spot.
FC Bayern are back in Bundesliga action on Saturday, when they entertain high-flyers Köln. Their next Champions League encounter will be against PSV Eindhoven on 19 October.
Live match report for fcbayern.com by Gregor Salmen
Atlético Madrid - FC Bayern 1-0 (H-T: 1-0)
|Atlético Madrid||Oblak - Juanfran, Savic, Godín, Filipe Luis - Saúl, Koke, Gabi, Carrasco (Gameiro 72) - Griezmann, Torres (Gaitán 79)|
|Subs||Moreira, Correa, Partey, Hernández, Vrsaljko|
|FC Bayern||Neuer - Lahm, Boateng (Hummels 62), Martínez, Alaba - Xabi Alonso - Thiago (Kimmich 66), Vidal - Müller (Robben 59), Lewandowski, Ribéry|
|Subs||Ulreich, Rafinha, Sanches, Coman|
|Referee||Szymon Marciniak (Poland)|
|Goals||1-0 Ferreira-Carrasco (35)|
|Yellow cards||Niguez / Lahm, Thiago, Boateng, Vidal|