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Bayern lose 1-0 to Atletico

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first_imgMADRID (AP): An early goal by youngster Saul Niguez gave AtlÈtico Madrid a gritty 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final yesterday. The 21-year-old Niguez cleared three defenders before entering the area and hitting a low, well-placed shot into the far corner in the 11th minute. Diego Simeone’s tough defence then took over and AtlÈtico held on for an important victory at the Vicente CalderÛn Stadium. A draw next week in Germany will be enough for Simeone’s side to reach the final for the second time in the last three seasons. “It’s still wide open,” Simeone said. “The return game should be just as exciting for everyone watching it. It will be a difficult challenge against a very strong team.” Pep Guardiola’s Bayern, trying to reach the final for the first time since winning the title in 2013, came close to equalising with a long-range shot by David Alaba in the 54th, but the ball struck the crossbar, with AtlÈtico goalkeeper Jan Oblak already beaten. Striker Fernando Torres could have increased AtlÈtico’s advantage in the 75th, but he also struck the woodwork after a breakaway. “It was a fantastic night, and I’m happy for all AtlÈtico supporters,” Torres said. “We’ve got what we wanted, which was to get the scoreline in our favour ahead of the second leg.” Real Madrid and Manchester City drew 0-0 in their first-leg match in England on Tuesday.last_img read more

Spurs star on title race: ‘We’ll stay positive and keep doing what we’re doing’

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first_imgTottenham Hotspur were held to a 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane against fierce rivals Arsenal in an exhilarating north London derby on Saturday afternoon.It was the second game in succession that Spurs had dropped valuable points – in which victory in either would have sent them top – therefore allowing Leicester City to extend their lead over their title rivals.But Harry Kane, who netted a stunning, curling strike against the Gunners, has insisted that, despite the disappointment of the result, his side remain positive as the race for the Premier League trophy hots up.“I got the ball out my feet and thought ‘why not?’ and as soon as I hit it, I could see it going to that far post,” he said of his goal – just his second in seven games.“To see it go in brought out a lot of emotion. From there, you just want to finish it off and win the game and be happy for the rest of the week.“We’re leaving disappointed but look, we have to move on, we played well again and there is a long way to go, not just in the Premier League but we’ve another important game in the Europa League coming up this week,” the England international continued.“We’ll stay positive and keep doing what we’re doing.” 1 Harry Kane celebrates after scoring Tottenham’s second in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal at the weekend last_img read more