Real Madrid’s hopes of taking the Champions League crown were dealt a blow thanks to exceptional Wolfsburg, who downed the Spanish giants 2-0 to take a commanding lead in the quarter-final tie.
Ricardo Rodriguez found the net from the penalty spot after Casemiro was adjudged to have fouled Andre Schurrle inside the area, before Arnold added a second midway through the opening half of the quarter-final first-leg tie at the Volkswagen Arena.
Madrid created a number of chances to pull one back, with Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo all threatening, but they were unable to beat goalkeeper Diego Benaglio for an important away goal.
Madrid now face a tough task to turn things around when both sides meet again at the Santiago Bernabeu on April 12, after a disappointing display coming four days after their Clasico triumph at the home of fierce rivals Barcelona.
Elsewhere, Manchester City scored two crucial away goals in the first-leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash with Paris Saint-Germain but were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw in a hectic contest at the Parc des Prices on Wednesday.
After Joe Hart saved Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s early penalty, the visitors struck first at the Parc des Princes when Kevin De Bruyne finished off a quick counter-attack, thrashing a shot beyond PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp to register his 14th goal of the season.
However, a shocking error from Fernando gifted Ibrahimovic an equaliser, the Swede’s attempt to block a pass ending up in the net to make amends for his earlier profligacy.
Adrien Rabiot put PSG ahead when tapping home from close range after the hour, but Fernandinho made the most of a lucky break inside the box to grab Manuel Pellegrini’s men what could be a crucial draw in the French capital.
With two away goals, Manchester City – playing in the last eight for the first time in their history – hold the upper hand ahead of the second leg, particularly as yellow cards for Blaise Matuidi and David Luiz mean the duo are suspended for the return fixture in England.
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