Champions League: Genuine Madrid suffers shock beat by Wolfsburg

Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 2:03 AM

Genuine Madrid, the most successful club in the history of the competition, suffered a hugely embarrassing 2-0 beat at German side Wolfsburg in the first leg of its Champions League quarterfinal tie.

Champions League: Genuine Madrid suffers shock beat by Wolfsburg

At the Camp Nou it was the genuine deal -- on Wednesday it was in real trouble.

Genuine Madrid, the most successful club in the history of the competition, suffered a hugely embarrassing 2-0 beat at German side Wolfsburg in the first leg of its Champions League quarterfinal tie.

Wolfsburg, which hadn't won a game since qualifying for the latest eight, shocked its famous opponent with a high octane performance full of heart, desire and number shortage of quality.

On Saturday, Real'south players grouped together in the Camp Nou locker room to celebrate with what's presently become the nearly obligatory team photograph.

Fresh from defeating Barcelona, its arch rival and ending the 39-match unbeaten streak which has seemingly catapulted the Catalan club towards another La Liga title.

"I'm not pleased with how the game went -- particularly the first half," Genuine coach Zinedine Zidane told the tournament's website.

"That'south football, that'south how challenging it is. That'south what happens when you don't play with intensity from the start.

"We've to rest and think about the return leg because we still have the chance to change everything."

Real, 10- time winners, was beaten by a Wolfsburg side which had never previously managed to qualify for the latest eight of the competition.

Two first half goals by Ricardo Rodriguez and Maximilian Arnold condemned Genuine to beat and leaves it with a difficult, although not impossible task, to qualify for the latest four of the competition.

Zidane had led his side to six successive victories going into this game and yet he could only look on from the sidelines as his plans fell apart.

And yet there was small sign of what was to chase in the opening stages of this contest. It required just two minutes for Cristiano Ronaldo to have the ball in the Wolfsburg net, though his effort was ruled out for offside after a wonderful one-two between Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos had allowed the Portuguese forward to move in on goal.

If that was a let off then what followed two minutes later was equally fortunate for the residence side as Genuine was denied a penalty after Gareth Bale appeared to be tripped by a rather clumsy looking challenge from Luiz Gustavo. Gianluca Rocchi, the referee, waved far the appeals of the visiting players much to their consternation.

Wolfsburg, playing in their first ever Champions League quarterfinal, overcame Belgian side Gent in the previous round, largely due to a wonderful performance in the first leg by Julian Draxler, the exciting young winger.


It was Draxler who provided the catalyst for his side as they set about shocking Genuine with a fine first half performance. The highly-coveted 22-year-old danced his way to the byline and crossed for Andre Schurrle, who was tripped interior the penalty by Casemiro.

This time the referee did point to the spot and Rodriguez stepped forward to fire past Keylor Navas -- the first goal the Costa Rican had conceded in seven hundred thirty-eighth minutes of Champions League action.

Genuine appeared rattled and fell further behind just seven minutes later.

It was Draxler, once again, who started the move, switching the play to Bruno Henriques and when his cross managed to pierce a seemingly non-existent Madrid defense, Arnold took full advantage and slotted him his side'south second.

Never before had Genuine conceded two goals in the first twenty-five minutes of a Champions League knockout game -- and yet against a Wolfsburg side, eighth in its own domestic division, it was in danger of being torn apart.

Real'south evening grew increasingly miserable when Benzema, who'd earlier wasted a fine chance with a header, was forced to hobble off after sustaining an injury earlier in the half.

Wolfsburg continued to impress after the interval and Schurrle should've added a third, taking a pass by Henrique in his stride before unleashing a ferocious effort which flew over the bar.

Genuine threatened when Ronaldo forced Diego Benaglio, the Wolfsburg goalkeeper, into a sharp rescue but seldom did it see love finding a way back into the contest.

For Wolfsburg, which was beaten 3-0 by Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga latest weekend with a display which German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung felt was so destitute that "it could quantity to a new Volkswagen scandal".

Presently it's an opportunity to dream of a space in the latest four. And why not? It'll know that Genuine has been knocked out in the latest eight Champions League knockout rounds in which it lost in the first leg.

"This mustn't be the finish for us," Dieter Hecking, the Wolfsburg coach said before this contest -- it just might not be.

City in pole position

In the night'south other game, Paris Saint-Germain was held to a 2-2 draw by Manchester City after an entertaining game in the French capital.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who could move to the Premier League following season when his current deal expires, could've given his side the perfect start in the opening stages but his penalty was brilliantly saved by Joe Hart.

That miss was to prove costly as City, so inconsistent for much of the campaign, moved in front courtesy of Kevin De Bruyne'south fine strike.

But the visiting team team, whose defense has proved its undoing on so many occasions, soon gifted the residence side a route back into the contest.

Fernando, the Brazilian midfielder, received the ball on the edge of his own penalty area but his lack of composure allowed Ibrahimovic to near him down with the ball ricocheting off the Swede'south boot and into the net past a stunned Hart.

It was a dreadful mistake by Fernando and his side'south misery was compounded when Adrien Rabiot bundled residence PSG's second just brief of the hour mark.

City, playing in the quarterfinals of the contest for the first time in its history, rode its luck with Ibrahimovic'south header striking the crossbar as PSG poured forward.

But with eighteen minutes remaining, Fernandinho took advantage of some woeful defending by Serge Aurier and sent a rather meek effort into the far corner.

"The quarterfinal continues to be open," Manuel Pellegrini, the City manager, told BT Sport.

"We should presently play ninety minutes in Manchester but this is a excellent result for us. We made a couple of necessary mistakes for the first goal and the second goal was offside.

"In the first half, if we wish to win, we cannot create those kind of mistakes. But we're trying to win the game from the first minute, it's the way we play."

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