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Madrid stunned by Wolfsburg's quick start

Published: Wednesday 6 April 2016, 22.40CET
Wolfsburg 2-0 Real Madrid
First-half goals from Ricardo Rodriguez and Maximilian Arnold earned the quarter-final debutants a win that leaves Madrid with plenty of work to do.

Match statistics

WolfsburgReal Madrid

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)42
 
58
Total attempts10
 
21
on target7
 
3
off target3
 
13
blocked0
5
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners1
 
6
Offsides0
7
Yellow cards4
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
8
Fouls suffered8
 
12
Passes409
 
674
completed346
 
611

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 6 April 2016, 22.40CET

Madrid stunned by Wolfsburg's quick start

Wolfsburg 2-0 Real Madrid
First-half goals from Ricardo Rodriguez and Maximilian Arnold earned the quarter-final debutants a win that leaves Madrid with plenty of work to do.

  • Quarter-final debutants Wolfsburg surprise Real Madrid with impressive display
  • Ricardo Rodriguez penalty puts home side in front
  • First UEFA Champions League goal ever conceded by Keylor Navas after 738 minutes
  • Maximilian Arnold doubles German team's advantage
  • Second leg at Santiago Bernabéu on 12 April

Wolfsburg's first UEFA Champions League knockout campaign could yet extend into the semi-finals after first-half goals from Ricardo Rodriguez and Maximilian Arnold earned a memorable victory against Real Madrid in the quarter-final first leg.

Zinédine Zidane's Madrid were on a six-game winning run and duly began in confident mood, Cristiano Ronaldo having an effort chalked out for offside before Karim Benzema burst through in the 14th minute. Goalkeeper Diego Benaglio's outstretched boot came to Wolfsburg's rescue, Gareth Bale slicing the rebound wide.

The home side made the most of the let-off. Eighteen minutes in, André Schürrle was felled by Casemiro and Rodriguez stepped up to convert the penalty, ending Keylor Navas's 738-minute run without conceding in the UEFA Champions League.

With his team behind for the first time in this season's competition, the Madrid keeper was beaten again seven minutes later. Julian Draxler found Bruno Henrique on the right and Arnold got ahead of Sergio Ramos to side-foot in at the near post, putting Wolfsburg well on the way to making it five wins from five European home matches this term.

Benzema headed wide as a stunned Madrid sought a response, Benaglio dealing smartly with a subsequent Toni Kroos effort. Madrid's hopes were further knocked when Benzema limped off before the interval, and they continued to struggle to create clear openings.

Draxler on Wolfsburg's historic win

Indeed, Wolfsburg might have made it three as they broke out following a brief flurry of Madrid pressure, Henrique leading the counterattack. The Brazilian found Schürrle on the right with only Navas to beat; the shot flashed over.

Madrid came again and Isco cleverly released Ronaldo with the outside of his right foot; the Portuguese seemed certain to add to his 13 goals in this season's tournament, only for Benaglio to intervene. At the other end, Navas plunged to his left to repel Max Kruse's attempt to cause even more damage to the Merengues, but Wolfsburg will travel to Spain full of hope.

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Maximilian Arnold celebrates his goal

Key player: Maximilian Arnold
Midfielder Arnold may have had his tongue in his cheek when suggesting "6-0" would be the ideal result for Wolfsburg to take to Madrid, yet there were moments when the hosts looked like running away with this game. The 21-year-old's pace and direct running fairly tormented the visitors and his first UEFA Champions League strike secured a 2-0 advantage for Die Wölfe. Indeed, the player who said beforehand that facing Madrid represented a dream come true, can now dream of a place in the semi-finals.

Bale: Madrid weren't good enough

Hecking hailed
Unrecognisable from the team beaten 3-0 at Bayer Leverkusen at the weekend, Wolfsburg produced another inspired home performance in the UEFA Champions League, a stage upon which they have more often than not excelled this season. Orchestrating with intensity from the sidelines, Dieter Hecking – who gave a competition debut to Bruno Henrique and recalled Naldo to his lineup after injury – appeared exhausted at the end. The coach's 'contain and counterattack' plan worked to perfection and bewildered Madrid, who must find solutions for next Tuesday's return.

BBC blunted
A frustrating night for Madrid's front three of Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, the French forward going off with a first-half injury. A hard week on the training pitch beckons as they bid to find ways of unlocking Wolfsburg's tight defence.

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Last updated: 07/04/16 11.51CET

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Lineups

wolfsburg

Wolfsburg

real madrid

Real Madrid

1
BenaglioDiego Benaglio (GK) (C)
Yellow Card50
1
NavasKeylor Navas (GK)
8
VieirinhaVieirinha
Yellow Card19
3
PepePepe
10
DraxlerJulian Draxler
Substitution90+3
4
RamosSergio Ramos (C)
16
HenriqueBruno Henrique
Substitution80
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
17
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
Substitution85
8
KroosToni Kroos
Substitution85
18
DanteDante
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Substitution41
22
Luiz GustavoLuiz Gustavo
Yellow Card61
11
BaleGareth Bale
Yellow Card69
23
GuilavoguiJosuha Guilavogui
12
MarceloMarcelo
25
NaldoNaldo
14
CasemiroCasemiro
27
ArnoldMaximilian Arnold
Goal25
Yellow Card69
19
ModrićLuka Modrić
Substitution64
34
RodríguezRicardo Rodríguez
Goal18
23
DaniloDanilo

Substitutes

28
CasteelsKoen Casteels (GK)
13
CasillaKiko Casilla (GK)
4
SchäferMarcel Schäfer
Substitution90+3
6
NachoNacho
6
AscuesCarlos Ascues
10
James RodríguezJames Rodríguez
Substitution85
11
KruseMax Kruse
Substitution85
15
CarvajalDani Carvajal
12
DostBas Dost
18
Lucas VázquezLucas Vázquez
15
TräschChristian Träsch
Substitution80
20
JeséJesé
Substitution41
31
KnocheRobin Knoche
22
IscoIsco
Substitution64

Coach

Dieter Hecking (GER) Zinédine Zidane (FRA)

Referee

Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

Assistant referees

Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA), Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)

Fourth official

Mauro Tonolini (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Antonio Damato (ITA), Carmine Russo (ITA)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution