Bayern Munich showed up at the Allianz Arena with their game face on. Despite an impressive performance from the opening to the final whistle, they unfortunately couldn't find the final goal as Atletico Madrid won the tie 2-2 on away goals.
From the opening whistle, it was high octane football from Bayern Munich. They attacked fast and with purpose as Thomas Müller ran circles around the Atletico Madrid defense. From the far right to the middle to the left, Thomas Müller was the foci of Bayern's attack breaking into space, opening holes, and being the tremendous nuisance to oppositions that he is.
Bayern for their part focused on keeping the Atletico Madrid attacks in front of them. Rather than high pressing in midfield and winning the ball at all costs, they exercised pragmatism in letting Koke and Griezmann sit on the ball until reinforcements arrived. Jerome Boateng was exceptionally impressive as he tracked and neutralized Fernando Torres' movements with aplomb. That restraint came with a greater reliance on Franck Ribery and Douglas Costa to drop back and defend. It worked like a charm.
Bayern's eventual breakthrough came from the most unlikely of sources though as Xabi Alonso opened the scoring in the 30th minute. A foul on David Alaba at the top of the box gave Bayern a free kick. Alonso called off Ribery and Alaba and took the kick himself. It was low and it was hard and there was no chance for Jan Oblak as it took a wicked deflection en route to the back of the net.
It was a lucky goal on a relatively poor free kick, but Bayern's patient dominance had finally been rewarded.
Minutes later, Bayern Munich had the chance to put themselves into the lead following a foul in the box after Gimenez bear wrestled Robert Lewandowski to the ground. However, Thomas Müller's penalty was saved brilliantly by Jan Oblak keeping the match level.
The second half was a decidedly different affair as Atletico perked up attacking directly into wide spaces and pinning Philipp Lahm back into his own half. When Bayern did win possession, their captain and main force in possession during the first half was far from the action and unable to support the movements of Thomas Müller who found himself more isolated.
Bayern Munich had to push higher abandoning their first half pragmatism. And Atletico capitalized on their first opportunity as a clearance found Fernando Torres who easily slotted a 30-yard throughball to Antonie Griezmann after David Alaba blew an offside trap (Griezmann may have been offside). Griezmann didn't need another invitation to easily beat Manuel Neuer to give Atletico a crucial away goal.
For the next twenty minutes the Allianz Arena was dead. Bayern Munich looked out of ideas. It seemed to be just a matter of time as Atletico smothered the life out of the game.
But a breakthrough finally came from the feet of Franck Ribery whose cross met the backpost run of Arturo Vidal. The Chileans' header back across the face of goal gave Robert Lewandowski the easiest of headers to give Bayern the lead and breathe life into the final fifteen minutes of the game.
Nearly ten minutes later a foul from Javi Martinez on Partey was adjudged to carry into the box giving Atletico a late penalty. But just like Jan Oblak earlier, Manuel Neuer carried the banner that this game would not be decided by the decision of a referee as he stonewalled Fernando Torres. With the save, Bayern seemed to have been gifted all the chances in the world to win this game.
Despite all their chances. Despite penalties for and against. Despite 96 total minutes of aggressive attacking football and mostly staunch defense, Bayern Munich couldn't find the final goal to seal their advancement. Atletico Madrid showed how far they could take a bend, but don't break, approach.