Sunday 23 September 2018

Wolfsburg shock Real with victory

Wolfsburg celebrate their win
Wolfsburg celebrate their win

Wolfsburg stunned Real Madrid with two goals in eight first-half minutes to take control of their Champions League quarter-final tie.

The 10-time winners of the competition face an uphill task just to progress to the last four this year after losing 2-0 in Germany in the first leg.

Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas had never conceded in this competition prior to this game but he was beaten by Ricardo Rodriguez's penalty before Maximilian Arnold doubled the advantage soon after.

Four days on from a win at the Nou Camp with 10 men, Zinedine Zidane's side looked shaky at the back and have it all to do in the return fixture in the Spanish capital next Tuesday.

Madrid should have led through Karim Benzema who, having returned to the pitch following treatment, moved beyond Dante before placing his effort into Diego Benaglio's leg.

Wolfsburg were a threat on the counter, though, and after Bruno Henrique had headed at Navas, the Real keeper finally conceded after 738 minutes without doing so in the Champions League when Rodriguez sent him the wrong way from 12 yards out. Seven minutes later it was 2-0, Julian Draxler finding Henrique in space and from his cross Arnold stole a march on Sergio Ramos and finished first-time past Navas.

Zidane's side pushed for an away goal after the interval and Ronaldo missed the target with two attempts from Bale crosses as the Wolves held out for victory.

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