VIDEO: Atleti’s Saul opens UCL semi vs. Bayern with slaloming run, finish

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The greatest compliment payable to a moment of brilliance resulting in the ball hitting the back of the net is as follows: “it was a goal worthy of winning any final.”

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Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League clash between Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich was no final — semifinal, in fact — and it wasn’t even the decisive semifinal second leg which is to be played next Tuesday in Munich, but if Saul Niguez’s 11th-minute slalom run and finish past Manuel Neuer is the goal that puts Atleti into their second Champions League final in three seasons, a worthy goal it will be.

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Keep in mind: that’s four members of Bayern Munich‘s midfield and defense the 21-year-old Spanish midfielder just skinned en route to goal.