Spanish giants Real Madrid were given a reality check on their Champions League ambitions after suffering a 2 – 0 beating at the hands of German side VFL Wolfsburg in the first leg of the quarter final clash staged at the Volkswagen Arena on Wednesday 6 April.
Real Madrid, coming from a big win in the El Clasico, went to the match of a high but got a resolute home side, with eyes trained on nothing but a win in their first ever European quarter final.
Cristiano Ronaldo thought he had given Real Madrid the lead on the opening minute after getting on to Karim Benzema’s pass splitting through the Wolfsburg defence but his effort was ruled out for offside after kissing the back of the net.
Karim Benzema had another good chance moments later, with just the keeper to beat but Benaglio left out a stretched leg to deflect away the Frenchman’s effort.
Real Madrid would come to rue the miss as Casemiro fouled German international Andre Schurle in the box on the 18th minute to give away a penalty that Ricardo Rodriguez stepped forth to successfully dispatch after sending the Real keeper the wrong way.
Seven minutes later, Real Madrid were on the receiving end after failing to deal with a great counter attack from the hosts and Maximillian Arnold was at the right place to tap home Bruno Henrique’s low pass under the body of Keylor Navas.