Wolfsburg Shock Real Madrid 2-0 in Champions League Quarter-Final

Real Madrid’s Champions League hopes were left hanging by a thread as they slumped to a shock 2-0 loss to Wolfsburg.

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Cristiano Ronaldo argues a referee decision during the Champions League match against Wolfsburg. (Photo: AP)

Real Madrid’s hopes of an 11th European title were left hanging by a thread as they slumped to a shock 2-0 loss at Germany’s Champions League novices VfL Wolfsburg in their quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.

The Germans were celebrating a memorable last-eight debut after Ricardo Rodriguez’s penalty in the 18th minute and Maximilian Arnold’s strike in the 25th stunned the visitors only four days after their ‘Clasico’ win in Spain over Barcelona.

Despite making just one change to the lineup that started against Barca, Real coach Zinedine Zidane’s team will now go into the return leg in Madrid next Tuesday with a clear disadvantage.

The Germans, last season’s Bundesliga runners-up who had scored only one goal in their last three matches, were more aggressive than the Spaniards and used their chances extremely well.

You have to bring that energy if you want to win. I was laughed at when I said yesterday that we may have a chance. Real had their opportunities early on and we were a bit lucky.
Dieter Hecking, Coach, Wolfsburg

The Spaniards, who saw Karim Benzema limp off with a foot injury in the 40th minute, enjoyed a strong start but never recovered from the quick two-goal punch and were lucky not to have conceded a third in the second half.

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