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Bayern Munich End Unbeaten Run with Loss vs. Atletico Madrid

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MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 28: Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Muenchen reacts during the UEFA Champions League group D match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Vicente Calderon Stadium on September 28, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

With a chance to inflict revenge on Los Colchoneros, Bayern Munich succumbed to a 1-0 loss against Atletico Madrid at the Estadio Vincente Calderon, ending their unbeaten streak in the process.

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Atletico Madrid were well-organized as always, as Bayern tried to break their defense down early on. The first chance for Bayern came when Thiago Alcantara lobbed a ball into the box and Thomas Muller forced goalkeeper Jan Oblak into making a point-blank save.

As expected, Bayern dominated possession as Atletico Madrid were content with making life difficult for Bayern and hit them on the counter attack when they had the chance. Bayern lacked the cutting edge as they were passing the ball around with no real threat to Los Colchoneros.

Atletico Madrid broke the deadlock in the 35th minute as Belgian winger Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco beat Manuel Neuer at the far post after a great spell for possession for the home side. It could have been 2-0 in the first half if Fernando Torres did not misplace a header three yards in front of goal.

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The second half was much of the same for Bayern, as they were unable to break down Europe’s best defense. They carved out a series of half chances, such as Arjen Robben‘s shot that went wide of the target and Robert Lewandowski‘s header going wide of the post.

Frustration started to settle in for Bayern as well, as midfielder Arturo Vidal knocked down Filipe Luis in the box giving a penalty to Atletico Madrid. They were given new life after Antoine Griezmann missed, but Bayern were not able to capitalize as the lost 1-0 away from home.

Atletico have beat Bayern Munich for the second consecutive time at the Vincente Calderon with a vintage performance. Bayern looked sloppy in possession, made too many rash fouls, and were unable to break down the best defense in Europe. Carlo Ancelotti’s teams have been unable to score at the Vincente Calderon since he took charge of Real Madrid back in 2013. It shows that the Italian manager still has a lot of work to do in order to get Die Roten back to the summit of European football.

Bayern will look to get back to winning ways this weekend against FC Koln at home.

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