Atletico Madrid get a chance for glory Wednesday when they face German champs Bayern Munich in a match that will stream live as the two clubs square off in the second UEFA Champions League Semifinal match at Atletico, who have never won the competition, look to stop two-time Champions League winners Bayern.
The match will be the first of two legs in the semifinal showdown. On Tuesday, Manchester City shockingly held visiting Real Madrid to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their semifinal.
The Atleti have stunned Spanish football this season, making a run at the La Liga title. They now sit in second place — but tied on points with Catalan powerhouse Barcelona at 82 with only three games remaining. In their only appearance in the UEFA Champions League Final, they lost to crosstown rivals Real Madrid, in the 2013-2014 championship match.
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But to get back to the Final, Atletico Madrid must first make their way through one of the most powerful and feared sides in world football, defending German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, who under head coach Pep Guardiola — in his final season in Munich before departing for a stab at Premier League success with Manchester City in 2016-2017 — are running away with the German top flight again.
Bayern Munich rule the Bundesliga table, eight points clear of second-place Borussia Dortmund with just three games left.
Now Bayern Munich would like to add another Champions League trophy to Guardiola’s resumé before he departs.
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To view a live stream of the Atletico Madrid vs. Bayern Munich UEFA Champions League Semifinal, first leg match, click on the video below or continue reading for more streaming links at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:45 p.m. Central European Summer Time at Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid, Spain. For fans in the United States, that’s 2:45 p.m. Eastern Time, 11:45 a.m. Pacific.
Though Atletico Madrid has it generally been considered to rank with Barcelona and Real Madrid among Spain’s and Europe’s top football clubs, under defensive-minded head coach Diego Simeone the club has taken its place among the European elite, a fact that is not surprising to one former rival, Bayern star Xabi Alonso, who formerly starred for Real Madrid.
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“Obviously some of us know Atleti more than others, but in the last few days we’ve started to prepare the game. We know it will be 180 minutes – at the very least — very intense against a very good side who in the last few years have shown they’re in the top five in Europe and the respect is high for them,” Alonso said on Tuesday.
“It’s no surprise to see Atleti in the semis. They’re in European football’s elite, competing for everything, La Liga, the Champions League. They’ve installed themselves up there and their progress is very quick and deserved.”
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Will Atletico Madrid be the team to stop the German giants’ charge to their third UEFA Champions League title with a win in the first leg of their 2015-2016 Champions League semifinal? Or will Bayern Munich stifle the Atleti hopes, sending the upstart La Liga side to elimination from the Champions League semifinal on their way to what would be only their second appearance in the Champions League Final? To find out, watch the Atletico Madrid Vs. Bayern Munich UEFA Champions League Semifinal first leg match live online from the Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid, Spain, by going to Fox Sports Go at this link or paying for a subscription to Fox Soccer2Go available at this link. To watch the game on mobile devices, download the Fox Sports Go app.
A Spanish-language stream of the Atletico Madrid Vs. Bayern Munich match is available to watch live online via WatchESPN at this link.
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