Saul Niguez’s sublime solo goal put Atletico Madrid in control of their Champions League semi-final against German giants Bayern Munich.
Niguez jinked past a clutch of Bayern defenders before curling into the corner, giving the home side a narrow first-leg lead to take to Germany.
The Spanish under-21 international skipped past four Bayern players before firing into the far corner to give Atletico the perfect start after 11 minutes.
Bayern dominated for long spells thereafter, but the closest they came to a vital away goal was a thunderous long-range effort from David Alaba that came back off the crossbar and Arturo Vidal’s strike forcing a save.
Atletico will travel to Bavaria for the return next Tuesday looking to complete the job to reach their second final in three years and exact revenge for their defeat to Bayern in the 1974 final.
“I always had my eye on the goal. It’s the most beautiful and most important goal I’ve scored,” Saul told BeIN Sports Spain.
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.
The teams will meet at Bayern’s Allianz Arena on Tuesday to decide who will meet Manchester City or Real Madrid in the final on 28 May.