Brilliant Neuer fails to stop Bayern Munich from 1-0 loss to Atleti Madrid

A below-par Bayern Munich slipped to their first defeat of the season, going down 1-0 away to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League -- the same margin as the semifinal first leg loss five months ago. Yannick Carrasco's strike after 35 minutes proved the difference and the Rojiblancos could even afford the luxury of Antoine Griezmann's late missed penalty.


The German champions are left with a mountain to climb to top the group, but as skipper Philipp Lahm said, "it's doesn't matter, it's only a group game." Having won 13 in a row at the Allianz Arena, Bayern can bank on their home form. And with a 2-0 home win in the reverse fixture, the Bavarians will still more than likely top the group.

More good news, no one got injured...


Bayern produced another stodgy performance on foreign soil. Their dire away form needs to be addressed if they are going to be serious Champions League contenders, having won just two of their last 11 matches in the competition on the road.

Manager rating out of 10

6 -- There's been plenty of talk saying Carlo Ancelotti is doing things better than his predecessor Pep Guardiola, but this was a step in the wrong direction. Despite enjoying over two-thirds of possession, Bayern lacked ideas and Madrid deserved their win as the 57-year-old Italian maestro tasted defeat for the first time in admittedly his "biggest challenge" so far.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating):

GK Manuel Neuer, 8 -- Top saves in each half to deny the impressive man-of-the-match Carrasco, but even at full stretch, Neuer couldn't prevent the winning goal which went in off the post to secure a narrow victory for Diego Simeone's side.

DF David Alaba, 6 -- Kept busy by the hardworking Madrid strike force which had the knock on effect that the Austrian's forward forays were limited. He did manage to bulldoze his way through on 55 minutes, unleashing a powerful shot but couldn't get past the Jan Oblak obstacle.

DF Jerome Boateng, 6 -- Booked on his 50th Champions League outing and with Bayern playing it safe, Boateng was wisely hooked off for Mats Hummels just after the hour mark.

DF Javi Martinez, 7 -- Marshalled the defence well to keep a rejuvenated Fernando Torres quiet for 90 minutes.

DF Philipp Lahm, 7 -- An unremarkable evening for the skipper, picking up caution number nine in his 106th Champions League game to go with zero red cards and no goals.

MF Xabi Alonso, 6 -- His poorly directed back header inadvertently set up Atleti's winning goal. The 34-year-old veteran struggled to hack the pace, but did whip in a delightful cross which Robert Lewandowski would have buried on another day.

MF Arturo Vidal, 5 -- The Chile midfielder toiled feverishly in the Calderon, but with little end product. His challenge on Filipe Luis to concede the penalty was both silly and naïve. Engage the brain.

MF Thiago, 6 -- Lovely chipped ball to Muller in the 13th minute cleverly unlocked the miserly Atleti defence. The Spain international picked up a yellow card just after the half hour mark for fouling Filipe Luis, and had to watch his step after that. He was a little fortunate to escape a red card for one sturdy challenge too many, and was wisely hooked off with 25 minutes remaining for the in-form Joshua Kimmich.

MF Franck Ribery, 6 -- None of the temper tantrums that have been a feature of his play this season. Also little of the magic from Bayern's second longest-serving player either, as he fired his best chance into the side netting on 38 minutes.

MF Thomas Muller, 5 -- Denied by a fantastic save from Oblak in the unlucky 13th minute. Muller is simply not as effective operating in wide positions and was rightfully replaced by Arjen Robben with Bayern chasing an equaliser.

FW Robert Lewandowski, 5 -- Largely anonymous for long periods and will rue fluffing a free header inside the final quarter of an hour, the sort of opportunity the Polish striker normally buries.


MF Arjen Robben, 7 -- Replaced Muller on the hour mark as Bayern pressed for an equaliser. The Dutch winger fired a snapshot narrowly wide with 10 minutes remaining and headed straight at Oblak soon after.

DF Mats Hummels, 7 -- The German defender picked up a knee injury at the weekend and wasn't risked from the start. But with his World Cup winning partner Boateng already cautioned, Hummels had the last half hour in his stead.

MF Joshua Kimmich, 7 -- Dropped to the bench despite scoring four goals in his last four Bayern games. Kimmich couldn't provide another precious goal after replacing Thiago.