Torres: Great day for Atletico fans

Atletico will travel to Bavaria for the return leg next Tuesday and Spanish striker Fernando Torres, who struck the post in the second half, is upbeat about his team's chances.

Fernando Torres in action against Bayern Munich in the semifinal.   -  Getty Images

A sensational solo effort from Saul Niguez handed Atletico Madrid a precious 1-0 advantage over Bayern Munich from the first leg of the Champions League semifinal at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday.

Atletico will now travel to Bavaria for the return leg next Tuesday and Spanish striker Fernando Torres, who struck the post in the second half, is upbeat about his team's chances.

"It is a fantastic victory, it is a great day for Atletico fans," Fernando Torres told BeIN Sports Spain.

"We have played the first half of the tie with the result in our favour and now we have to think about what is to come."

Bayern lost the first legs of their semi-finals in the previous two seasons to Real Madrid and Barcelona on their way out of the competition and captain Philipp Lahm lamented their inability to score an away goal in Spain.

"We didn't think we'd have so many chances to score in the second half as we did, but we didn't use them," Lahm told ZDF.

"You have to use them in games like this, but we still have 90 minutes to come with the fans behind us to try and turn the game around."

The German international was also critical about the Vicente Calderon pitch.

"It's easier to defend than attack on such blunt grass, because it's not easy to pass the ball quickly."

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