Wolfsburg surprised Real Madrid and with them the whole footballing world as they overpowered the Spanish giants 2-0 at the Volkswagen Arena on Wednesday in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. Ricardo Rodriguez converted an early penalty and Maximilian Arnold struck the second goal in the first half itself to stun the travelling Madrid side.
Here are five talking points from the match:
1. Real looked vulnerable against Wolfsburg’s counter attack
Heading out of the tunnel for the second half, captain, Sergio Ramos was seen urging his team mates to pass the ball quicker. Los Blancos had seven players on the field who recently added the Champions League to their resume.
Prior to tonight, Madrid had suffered only a single loss in eleven away matches. Last year’s finalist’s Juventus were the last team to have beaten them. But their dominant possession in tonight’s match meant for little as almost every player on the field was caught in possession by Wolfsburg.
Draxler and company had numerous opportunities to unlock the visitors’ defense and they did more than one time. Los Merengues were guilty of giving away the ball far too easily on too many occasions. Lots of possession and not too many opportunities sum up Madrid’s performance in a historic night at Volkswagen arena.