Wolfsburg stunned a shadow of El Clasico's Real Madrid by comfortably beating the Spanish team in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie, going in Spain for the second leg with a two goal advantage.Wolfsburg
First eleven: Benaglio, Vieirinha, Naldo, Dante, Rodriguez, Luiz Gustavo, Guilavogui, Pinto, Arnold, Draxler, Schurrle.
Substitutes: Casteels, Ascues, Dost, Knoche, Kruse, Schafer, Trasch.Real Madrid
First eleven: Navas, Ramos, Pepe, Danilo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Ronaldo, Bale, Benzema.
Substitutes: Casilla, Carjaval, Nacho, Lucas, James Rodriguez, Jese, Isco.
The final result:
|WOL||2 - 0||RMA|
Wolfsburg had a perfect first half, even though in the starting minutes Real Madrid was close to getting a penalty, when Luis Gustavo had clumsy challenge on Bale, but the referee waved play on. It was Wolfsburg who got a penalty in the 17th minute, when El Clasico hero Casemiro fouled Draxler, and the referee pinted the spot, and Rodriguez scored for 1-0. Another 6 minutes and Wolfsburg scored again, Bruno Henrique crossed the ball near post and Arnold shot the ball under Navas. With a brilliant play and a little luck, Wolfsburg held on to the two goal advantage after 45 minutes.
Rodriguez scoring from penalty.
In the second half Zidane's side couldn't reduce the difference, and missed some chances when the opportunity appeared. Gareth Bale was comfortably Real Madrid’s best player but Julian Draxler was in inspired form for the home side and Zinedine Zidane had lined his team up with no apparent plan as to how to contain him with Danilo back in the side at right-back and having a night to forget. That was the story of the Champions It will be very interesting to see if Wolfsburg can hold on to this two goal advantage in the second leg, at Santiago Bernabeu, where the pressure will be on them.
In the weekend, Real Madrid will face Eibar at Santiago Bernabeu, trying to keep up their title hopes being 7 points behind Barcelona and 1 point behind Atletico Madrid, while Wolfsburg, who lies on 8th place, will face Mainz and will try to reduce the difference of 6 points from 6th placed Mainz.