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Atletico Madrid 1-1 Bayern Munich: Three Things We Learned

Atletico Madrid face a nervous shootout against Red Bull Salzburg next week to reach the UEFA Champions League knockouts after they could only draw 1-1 with a much-changed Bayern Munich side on Tuesday evening.

Joao Felix gave the hosts the lead midway through the first period as he clinically converted Marcos Llorente’s low cross, a lead they held until the 86th minute of the game. Thomas Muller was the catalyst as he was fouled by Felipe in the box and then converted from the penalty spot to ensure the teams claimed a share of the points.

Here are three things we learned from Madrid:

Felix reaching potential

After a somewhat indifferent first season with Atleti following his big money move from Benfica, young winger Joao Felix now certainly looks to be a 120m player. The Portuguese already has eight goals and three assists in all competitions this season – just one fewer goal than he managed in the entirety of last season.

He is now showing supreme confidence with the club, leading the line excellently against Bayern, even more impressive considering the absence of regular number 9 Luis Suarez. He led the game for shots having set his sights on three occasions, one effort slamming off of the crossbar.

Felix’s finish for his goal was also one of an accomplished forward as he hammered home Llorente’s ball first time, whilst he also showed extreme pace and skill throughout the majority of the clash. He looks set to have an explosive season, finally delivering on the promise that he showed before his arrival in Madrid.

Atleti rue missed opportunities

Now heading into a winner takes all clash against Red Bull Salzburg next time, Diego Simeone will reflect on a huge missed opportunity against a Bayern side that made a whole host of changes. They also had the majority of chances throughout the game, a lot of them being wasted.

The hosts had 13 shots on goal throughout the entire game, only three of them being on target. Mario Hermoso and Jose Gimenez both lifted what looked like easy headers over the crossbar. Chances continued to come and go in the closing stages with as many as three Atleti bodies queueing up to convert a wicked cross but none of them managed to make meaningful contact.

Should Simeone’s men suffer elimination next week, these missed chances against what was in reality a weaker Bayern side, could be the prime reason.

Bayern’s winning run over but set to stand

You have to go all the way back to March 2019 for Bayern Munich’s last defeat in the UEFA Champions League. Since then, they have won 15 consecutive matches in the competition and lifted the trophy against Paris Saint Germain. It is the longest winning run ever in the competition’s history, at least five more than any other side.

Whilst Bayern boss Hansi Flick and the club’s supporters will of course be disappointed to see that winning run halted, one consolation that they will have is that it appears unlikely to see any side matching that level of dominance any time soon. Having also progressed to the knockout rounds of the Champions League once again, they are unsurprisingly the favourites to lift the trophy and defend their title.

Match Report

Atletico Madrid: Oblak (7); Hermoso (6), Gimenez (7) (Felipe (6), 67′), Savic (7), Trippier (7); Carrasco (6) (Lodi (N/A), 87′), Saul (6), Koke (7), Llorente (7); Felix (8) (Lemar (N/A), 87′), Correa (6) (Herrera (N/A), 80′).

Bayern Munich: Nubel (6); Hernandez (7), Alaba (7), Sule (6); Arrey-Mbi (5) (Gnabry (6), 61′), Martinez (6) (Muller (7), 62′), Musiala (6) (Stiller (N/A), 76′), Sarr (5) (Richards (6), 62′); Costa (6) (Zirkzee (N/A), 86′), Sane (6), Choupo-Moting (5).

Goals: Felix (26′), Muller (PEN 86′)

Referee: Clement Turpin

Yellow Cards: Sarr (43′), Savic (86′)

Red Cards: N/A

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Real Madrid close on title as Ramos late show sinks Getafe

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos kept his nerve to score a late penalty and secure a hard-fought 1-0 home win over Getafe on Thursday for a sixth consecutive La Liga victory to take his side one step closer to winning the title.

Ramos coolly passed the ball into the net to break the deadlock in the 79th minute after Dani Carvajal was felled by the trailing leg of Getafe’s Mathias Olivera, who was earlier denied a penalty after being knocked over by Carvajal.

The late strike felt harsh on Getafe, who had squandered a couple of chances to take the lead, but Zinedine Zidane’s side once again saw out a difficult game to capitalise on Barcelona’s 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Real, who have not won the title since 2017, lead the table on 74 points, four ahead of Barca with five games left and have a superior head-to-head record over the Catalans which would give them the trophy if both teams finished the season level on points. Soccer news

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Solskjaer challenges Man United strike trio to improve

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer say there has been improvement from young attacking trio Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood this season but he could bring in another forward to boost competition for places.

Rashford and Martial have contributed 19 goals each in all competitions while Greenwood has scored 12 but Solskjaer said the trio still have to earn their spot.

“You need competition for places at United. If you think you’ve got a divine right to be playing every game and are doing so well that we’re not going to look for players to replace you, you’re in the wrong place,” Solskjaer told reporters.

“We’ve generally got the opportunity to take a gander at improving, and in the event that they don’t… we may need to look elsewhere to show signs of improvement since we must be better.”

Solskjaer said he showed faith in his young strikers after allowing Romelu Lukaku to join Inter Milan in August.

“It was time to allow our forwards to feel that confidence and feel that demand of playing and being demanded to play every game,” Solskjaer added.

“In the end that’s how you get to another level, a different level … all three (Martial, Rashford and Greenwood) have had a good development this season but they can be so much better.”

United, who are sixth in the Premier League with 49 points, visit Brighton & Hove Albion later on Tuesday. Soccer prediction

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Italy’s Serie A will return on 20 June, the country’s sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora has confirmed.

Serie A was suspended on 9 March, with Juventus leading the table by a point with 12 rounds of matches remaining.

Players returned to individual training earlier this month before group sessions restarted this week.

“Being a big football fan like so many Italians, at the start it seemed strange to me that the season could be interrupted and suspended,” Conte said. “But obviously we found ourselves involved in this health, social and economic emergency. And I think everyone, even the most ardent fans, understood that there wasn’t any alternative.”

Before Conte’s nationally televised speech and news conference, health ministry figures indicated that Italy had seen its lowest day-to-day increase in deaths — 260 — since mid-March, during the first week of lockdown. Need to know more soccer info view Bet Advisor for more information and details