Real Madrid suffered its first defeat in the Champions League this season when it was surprisingly beaten 2-0 at VfL Wolfsburg in the quarterfinal first leg yesterday.
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 week with a clear disadvantage.
The Spaniards, who also 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 strike by the Wolves and were lucky not to have conceded a third in the second half.
Elsewhere on the night, Fernandinho’s deflected goal earned Manchester City a draw at Paris St-Germain.
Kevin de Bruyne’s clinical finish gave City the lead after Joe Hart saved Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s penalty for PSG.
Ibrahimovic capitalised on Fernando’s error to equalise and Adrien Rabiot tapped in after the break to put French champions PSG in front.
Fernandinho’s scuffed effort gave City a potentially vital second away goal.
The second leg takes place at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday April 12.