Wolfsburg stun Real Madrid

first_imgWOLFSBURG, 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.last_img read more

Rafael Benitez admits it will be ‘difficult’ to recruit in January

first_imgRafael Benitez has dampened any expectations Newcastle could be busy in the January transfer window, saying it will prove “difficult” to improve his squad.Newcastle have been linked with a number of stars including Atlanta United striker Miguel Almiron. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 2 no dice Latest Premier League News The Magpies are out of the relegation zone but it’s set to be a difficult season for them Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Benitez’s plans suffered a setback during the international break when defender Paul Dummett suffered a calf injury playing for Wales against Denmark, ruling him out of the trip to Turf Moor and possibly beyond.But he is not short of options, especially at the back with the imminent return of Florian Lejeune likely to give him additional strength for the pivotal Christmas period.Lejeune has been ruled out with a serious knee injury since July but is making faster than expected progress and has begun to take part in some training sessions at the club’s Benton base.“Lejeune is still not available but he has been doing a full training session with the team so he is getting closer,” added Benitez. huge blow Newcastle travel to Burnley on Monday night having won their last two games Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED shining Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT “It is important for any manager to have competition in each position, so when you have a player like him who did so well last season, it means the other players are competing for the place will give everything.”Benitez has a trio of further injury concerns ahead of the Burnley game, with skipper Jamaal Lascelles (shoulder) and Jonjo Shelvey and Yoshinori Muto (both calf) facing further tests over the weekend. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars gameday cracker Two straight wins have eased the pressure on Benitez ahead of Monday’s Premier League trip to Burnley and he might have to continue relying on his current squad to haul themselves further to safety.Benitez said: “It’s January so it’s quite difficult – it’s not a question of much (money), it’s a question of how to find the right player.“It’s quite a difficult window because the top-class players normally are playing in the Champions League and with top teams, so it’s very difficult for them to change.“We don’t have too many options so we have to keep working hard and if we find the right player then we have to start talking about that.” Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED deals tense 2last_img read more