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Saul Niguez winner gives Atletico Madrid advantage over Bayern Munich

Saul Niguez's first-half solo strike proved enough to hand Atletico Madrid a narrow 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at Vicente Calderon.
The Spain Under-21 international's early wonder goal handed the Spanish side the edge ahead of next week's second leg at the Allianz Arena.
Arturo Vidal came closest to netting an equaliser for Pep Guardiola's side but the home defence worked hard to keep his and his team-mates' efforts out as they recorded their fifth consecutive clean sheet.
Diego Simeone's hosts began to press from the start and Fernando Torres came close to opening the scoring in the first five minutes but his drilled shot from 20 yards out was blocked by David Alaba.

Barcelona lead race to sign Atletico star Saul

La Liga leaders Barcelona have a first-option clause in the contract of Atletico Madrid's rising star Saul Niguez, according to Sport.
The 21-year-old midfielder has enjoyed a breakthrough year at the Vicente Calderon this term and scored the only goal of the game with a sublime solo effort in his side's 1-0 win over Champions League semi-final opponents Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
The clause was inserted into the midfielder's terms back in 2013 when David Villa joined Atletico from Camp Nou.
Saul's current deal reportedly runs until 2020 and includes a €60 million release clause. Should Atletico receive a bid from an opposing club, Barca will have the option to equal or raise it.

Juve eye Prem hot-shot

Juventus are pondering a move for one of the Premier League’s best strikers, Arsenal have been linked with a bid to sign a Bayern Munich star, while Theo Walcott could be heading to Serie A, according to Wednesday’s transfer rumours.

Man Utd to wear away kit in FA Cup final

Manchester United will wear their away kit in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace on May 21, it has been confirmed.
A coin toss was made, due to the club's kits clashing, and United lost, meaning they will wear white, in a repeat of the 1990 final between the two clubs.
United drew with Palace 3-3 on that occasion at Wembley, with the Red Devils going on to win the replay 1-0.
That trophy proved to be the first of Sir Alex Ferguson's incredible 26-year reign and Louis van Gaal will hope to stage a repeat next month.
The Dutchman has come in for criticism for his management thus far this term, with Jose Mourinho heavily tipped to replace him this summer, but may well secure the FA Cup for the first time since 2004.

Expect a touch of Madrigal magic

Villarreal v Liverpool
Thursday April 28, 20:05
Match Odds
Liverpool are 3.15, so you could back them Draw No Bet at 2.20, but there are other markets to pursue.
Over/Under 2.5 Goals
Given Villarreal's defensive record in this competition, and the fact that ten of Liverpool's 12 UEL games have featured fewer than three goals, Under 2.5 Goals looks fairly priced at 1.66. However, I'm quite tempted to back Both Teams To Score at 2.02.
Recommended Bet
Back Both Teams To Score at 2.02
Back Cedric Bakambu 2.68 and Philippe Coutinho 3.70 to score (half a point each)

Hosts to strike first blow

Shakhtar Donetsk v Sevilla
Thursday April 28, 20:05
Sevilla coach Unai Emery is a master of the two-legged tie, and he has a glut of quality players, but this is a huge test for a team that just isn't performing as well as it can on the road. In all competitions Sevilla have played 27 away games, and they have won a grand total of four matches. 12 of those matches have been lost, including three of the last four.
The Match Odds market is split down the middle, but I fancy Shakhtar to get a result against a Sevilla side that is coming up short on the road time and time again. We can back the hosts Draw No Bet at 1.97, which sees our stake returned if the match ends in stalemate.

Recommended Bet
Back Shakhtar Donetsk Draw No Bet at 1.97

Bonucci non-committal on Chelsea transfer links

Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci remains non-committal over his long-term future at Juventus after failing to confirm whether or not he would be interested in a move to Chelsea.
The 28-year-old Italy international has emerged as one of the Blues primary transfer targets in the summer as Antonio Conte looks to bolster his backline with an experienced international class defender.
Conte has worked alongside Bonucci for the past five years – between 2011-14 with Juventus and with the Italian national team in the last two years – and is known to be a big admirer of his talents.
Although Chelsea, unlike Juventus, will not play Champions League football next season, Bonucci refused to deny whether or not he would be staying put in Turin.

Manchester City weather late Real Madrid storm as Etihad clash finishes goalless

Manchester City survived a late onslaught from a Real Madrid side lacking Cristiano Ronaldo to draw the first leg of their Champions League semi-final 0-0.
Manuel Pellegrini's men came under heavy pressure in the second half at the Etihad Stadium as a previously subdued Real finally found their teeth.
City goalkeeper Joe Hart again proved their saviour, producing fine reflex stops from Casemiro and Pepe, while Jese also hit the bar as the visitors upped the tempo in the latter stages.
City held on to give themselves a fighting chance heading into next week's second leg at the Bernabeu although the watching Ronaldo, who unexpectedly failed a fitness test, will hope to feature.
The occasion was a tense one, although there was some amusement on the touchline as Real coach Zinedine Zidane split his trousers.