Wolfsburg stun Real Madrid
WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP):
Wolfsburg caused the biggest upset of this season's Champions League with a 2-0 victory over record 10-time winner Real Madrid in the first leg of their quarter-final yesterday.
Making only their second appearance in the competition and playing their first quarter-final, Wolfsburg outmuscled and outran the Spanish giants to give themselves a clear chance of advancing after next Tuesday's second leg at the Bernabeu.
"We are in a good position, we can always score a goal," Wolfsburg's coach Dieter Hecking said. "We wanted to unnerve them a little and we succeeded."
Ricardo Rodriguez converted a penalty in the 18th minute and Maximilian Arnold added the second in the 25th as the home side used counterattacks to devastating effect, dealing Madrid their first defeat in the competition this season. Wolfsburg have won all five home matches.
Cristiano Ronaldo had a goal disallowed for offside in the second minute and the Madrid star had little chance of increasing his competition-high tally of 13 goals after that.
"We didn't get into the game well," Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. "But we still have 90 minutes at home, we have to stay calm."
In yesterday's other match, Manchester City are in a strong position to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time after Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho's scrappy goal earned a valuable 2-2 draw away to Paris Saint-Germain in an error-strewn quarter-final first leg.
PSG took the lead when midfielder Adrien Rabiot tapped home in the 59th after goalkeeper Joe Hart saved Edison Cavani's glancing header from Angel Di Maria's corner.
City struck against the run of play in the 38th through Belgium winger Kevin De Bruyne, but a huge mistake from midfielder Fernando gifted PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic an equaliser three minutes later.