Wednesday, April 6, 2016 9:39 pm
Real Madrid fell away 0-2 to 8th placed Bundesliga team Wolfsburg in the first leg of the UEFA Champions league quarter-finals.
Wolfsburg undid Madrid with a penalty scored by Ricardo Rodriguez in the 18th minute.
Seven minutes after, Maximilian Arnold increased doubled the hosts tally, in the match that showed traces of poor officiating.
Despite mounting a lot of pressure on Wolfburg, Madrid were unable to rally to register at least a goal.
The Spanish giants have a lot of work to do in the second leg.
It was an unforgettable night for Real Madrid. All the joy and the good work from the Clasico win away to Barcelona on Saturday seems irrelevant now, the team’s Champions League hopes hanging in the balance after the dreadful defeat away to Wolfsburg. .
Madrid had looked to have turned a corner with their victory at Camp Nou. It was a result that lifted the entire club and was supposed to be the catalyst for bigger and better things. Four days later, however, it all went wrong for Zinedine Zidane’s side.
Real dominated the early exchanges in Germany but saw a Cristiano Ronaldo effort ruled out for offside and then conceded a contentious penalty when Casemiro was adjudged to have fouled Andre Schurrle.
Ricardo Rodriguez scored from the spot and seven minutes later Wolfsburg went two up through Maximilian Arnold after a fine run from Julian Draxler down the left-hand side where he was afforded all the space he needed by Danilo.
The Brazilian was left out of the Clasico clash on Saturday and Madrid were much more organised in defence. Caught out of position time and again on Wednesday, though, that indiscipline unbalanced the entire Real back line. And Casemiro, perhaps affected by the penalty decision, was also much less effective than against Barca.
In attack, Ronaldo missed a couple of excellent chances, Karim Benzema limped off after suffering a blow to the knee before half-time that makes him doubtful for the return and Gareth Bale impressed on the left but was under-used by his team-mates.
So after beating Barca at Camp Nou on Saturday Madrid fell to the eighth-placed team in Germany on Wednesday night, and now need a huge reaction to turn this tie around.