• Ricardo Rodriguez slots home penalty to put his side in lead
  • Maximilian Arnold doubles the scoreline with close-range tap-in 
  • Wolfsburg XI: Benaglio; Vieirinha, Naldo, Dante, Rodriguez; Guilavogui, Gustavo, Henrique, Arnold, Draxler; Schurrle
  • Subs: Casteels, Schafer, Ascues, Kruse, Dost, Trasch, Knoche 
  • Real Madrid XI: Navas; Danilo, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric (Isco 64); Ronaldo, Benzema (Jese 41), Bale
  • Subs: Casilla, Nacho, James, Carvajal, Vazquez 
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I said Zidane should withdraw one of his holding central midfielders and he has. Modric makes way for Isco. 

Bale is clearly Real Madrid’s best player but as you can see the majority of his touches have come wide on the left-hand side and just inside Wolfsburg’s half. The Real Madrid man would surely do more damage if he was given a run through the middle. 

60mins: Ronaldo forces the referee to dish out a yellow card. He dribbles past Gustavo but is caught by the Brazilian midfielder. He points to where Gustavo made contact with him and the referee then reaches for his pocket. 

Zidane may have to bring on either James or Isco in the next 10 minutes or so as Real Madrid’s midfield players have been unable to create any real opportunities in the second half. 

Kroos and Modric are incredibly deep so it may be best to sacrifice one of the holding midfielders in order to bring on one of Real’s attacking substitutes. 

Robbie Savage believes Real Madrid are still the clear favourites to go through despite their two-goal deficit. Zidane’s side will feel they can score at least two goals at the Santiago Bernabeu but the big worry will be if Wolfsburg nick an away goal out in Spain. 

48mins: The second half has started off in the same fashion as the first half ended with Real Madrid on the attack but struggling to find a way past Benaglio. Ronaldo has had two shots at goal but has been unable to add to his 90 Champions League goals. 

Before the second half gets underway, here’s a reminder that you can also join my colleague Dan Ripley for Manchester City’s match against PSG at Parc des Princes. It’s 1-1 over in France. 

1. Ronaldo has goal chalked off for offside. Replays show his head was in an offside position so officials get decision right. 

2. Bale should have been awarded penalty as Gustavo clips the Welshman inside the area. 

3. Wolfsburg are given a penalty of their own as Casemiro appears to clip Schurrle. Rodriguez slots the ball home. 

4. The home side make it 2-0 thanks to a close-range finish by Arnold. 

Let’s see what the second half brings us!

Bale should have been awarded a penalty

Sportsmail’s Pete Jenson: Good first half from Bale but Madrid just have not done their homework on Wolfsburg at all.

Danilo not the best defender and given no support to deal with Draxler who has ran the first half. No need to panic for Madrid – one away goal and they would still be favourites at the Bernabeu.

Ricardo Rodriguez celebrates after scoring

Wolfsburg’s Maximilian Arnold (L) cannot hide his delight after adding second

44mins: Ronaldo, somewhat surprisingly, lets Bale take a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area but the Welshman is unable to test Benaglio. It looks like Wolfsburg are going to go into half-time with a two-goal lead. 

Wolfsburg are fearless. They are going for the third rather than holding back and trying to defend their two-goal lead. Henrique, Draxler and Schurrle do not look like they will be easing off despite their unlikely advantage. 

Jese has been replaced by Benzema following the Frenchman’s injury. 

The Frenchman may have to go off as he appears to have received a knock on his knee. 

37mins: Kroos stings the fingertips of Benaglio but the keeper manages to keep the ball in his palms. Benzema was ready to feed off of the scraps if the former Switzerland international was to spill the ball. 

32mins: It should be 2-1. The Welsh wizard that is Bale puts the ball on the plate for the Frenchman by picking out his team-mate at the back post. Benzema rises above Wolfsburg’s defence but his effort goes wide of Benaglio’s goal.

Zidane already planning his ‘this is not over yet’ speech for the post-match interviews.

Real Madrid will feel the penalty decision is harsh but Casemiro should not be making such a challenge which makes it possible for the officials to give a penalty. Bale could have been awarded a penalty as well but the referee decided to wave his appeal on.  

Penalty incident

Real Madrid’s defence are all at sea and Wolfsburg have doubled their lead. Marcelo fails to get anywhere near Henrique who plays the ball across the goal and Arnold beats Ramos to the ball before tapping home. The Wolves are up for it today!

Wolfsburg take the lead thanks to a penalty by full back Rodriguez. Their goal has come against the run of play but they will not care one bit. Casemiro appeared to catch Schurrle as he tried to win the ball back. I think the officials made the right decision but my colleague Pete Jenson does not agree. 

Sportsmail’s Pete Jenson: Terrible decision from the referee. 

 

Casemiro is punished for a challenge on Schurrle. 

14mins: Benzema is the next player to go close to opening the scoring. The Frenchman dances his way past Dante but his shot is saved by Benaglio. Bale follows up his team-mate’s effort but his shot goes wide. 

Ronaldo’s head was in an offside position and as he could have scored with his head then the officials were right to chalk the goal out. A harsh but correct decision. 

Ronaldo is marginally offside

Tremendous backing for the home side with the whole of the VfL Wolfsburg Arena on its feet every time they go forward. Madrid look very comfortable though.

8mins: As you can probably imagine it has been all Real Madrid thus far. Bale runs down the left-hand side and sweeps the ball into the path of Ronaldo, however the Portuguese star can’t quite get enough contact on the cross to divert it past Benaglio.

Zidane celebrated that goal for a second. Whatever happened to the benefit of doubt for the striker. Ronaldo looked level there. He seems to have all the old swagger back. Meanwhile at the other Wolfsburg have Schurle at false nine.

4mins: The Spanish side will feel they have been unlucky thus far as Gustavo has put in a clumsy challenge on Bale inside the area. The Welshman fell to the floor but the officials waved play on. 

Bale claims he was fouled

2mins: Real Madrid, who have started the game brightly, have the ball in the back of the net inside the first two minutes but the officials deem Ronaldo’s effort to be offside. Replays show the decision was extremely tight with his head appearing to be in an offside decision. It could have gone either way!

This will keep you entertained for five minutes before kick-off. 

Marcelo and goalkeeper Navas, who was inches away from joining Manchester United in the summer, show off their skills during an interview with adidas’ Roman Kemp. 

Navas’ scorpion kick is particularly impressive!

This will keep you entertained for five minutes before kick-off. 

Marcelo and goalkeeper Navas, who was inches away from joining Manchester United in the summer, show off their skills during an interview with adidas’ Roman Kemp. 

Navas’ scorpion kick is particularly impressive!

Ramos almost cost Real Madrid against Barcelona on Saturday as he was sent off in the 83rd minute after receiving his second yellow card. 

However Ronaldo managed to save his team-mate’s blushes by hitting the winner with five minutes on the clock. 

Bale, on the other hand, is still working his way back to full fitness after sitting out Wales’ recent international friendlies. 

Ramos

Bale

Carvajal, who is on the bench this evening, has said his side will attack from the ‘first whistle’ due to the importance of the away goal rule. 

The 24-year-old told Realmadrid.com: ‘We’re going to win, not thinking about the second leg at our stadium.

‘We have to go out as strong as possible for the first half hour, try to get on top of the opposition and to get a goals. We know that scoring away from home is very important so we’ll go for it.’

The Champions League’s highest ever goalscorer will have been boosted by his 85th-minute winning goal against Barcelona at the weekend. 

The Portuguese superstar has proven to be the matchwinner on several occasions for Real Madrid this season and he will surely add to his 90 Champions League goals during the course of the two-legged encounter. 

Ronaldo warms up ahead of kick-off

The German side are without a win in their last three games and are languishing down in eighth spot in the Bundesliga. 

They have had a number of problems off-the-field as well as on it with Max Kruse making headlines for the wrong reasons by leaving his £60,000 poker winnings in the back of a taxi and Nicklas Bendtner being told he no longer needs to report for training.  

In case you don’t know too much about Real Madrid’s opponents, here’s a taster of Kit Holden’s comprehensive guide to Wolfsburg. 

How has the season gone for Wolfsburg?

Badly. A DFB Cup win and a return to Champions league football last season meant that there were high hopes for Wolfsburg last summer. Many saw Dieter Hecking’s team as potential challengers to Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga dominance, and predicted that this would be the year in which they established themselves on the international stage.

Instead, they have slumped to eighth in the Bundesliga, failing to recapture the form that saw them finish second last season. They have won only three of their last 15 league fixtures, and are now six points behind Schalke and the Europa League spots.

So Wolfsburg don’t have a chance against Real Madrid?

Zinedine Zidane has warned against underestimating Wolfsburg, saying that ‘they will definitely cause us problems.’

The comments caused much amusement in Germany, where most expect Wolfsburg to be slaughtered over the next week, particularly after a limp 3-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen last weekend.

That said, Zidane is right when he says that Wolfsburg have players who can hurt Real. The likes of Draxler, Kruse and Schurrle are gifted internationals, while they also have plenty of young talent in Max Arnold and Joshua Guilavogui.

Besides, the Champions League has been the one stage on which Wolfsburg have lived up to their potential this season, knocking out Manchester United and putting in a fine display for at least the first hour of their Round of 16 clash with Gent.

Madrid are another kettle of fish entirely, but with such a disappointing season behind them, the Wolves at least know that they have absolutely nothing to lose.

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La Liga giants Real Madrid have arrived at Wolfsburg’s Volkswagen Arena ahead of tonight’s 7:45pm (BST) kick-off.

Real Madrid are 8/13 on to win tonight’s game in Germany while Wolfsburg are priced at 19/4 with most bookies. 

Zidane

Benzema

Ronaldo

Kroos

Wolfsburg XI: Benaglio; Vieirinha, Naldo, Dante, Rodriguez; Guilavogui, Gustavo, Henrique, Arnold, Draxler; Schurrle

Subs: Casteels, Schafer, Ascues, Kruse, Dost, Trasch, Knoche

Real Madrid’s BBC (Benzema, Bale and Cristiano) all start for Zidane’s side with James on the subs’ bench. 

Real Madrid XI: Navas; Danilo, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale

Subs: Casilla, Nacho, James, Carvajal, Vazquez, Jese, Isco

I will be providing regular updates on Wolfsburg’s Champions League quarter-final clash with Real Madrid. 

Real will be hoping to follow up their impressive win over Barcelona on Saturday by putting at least one foot in the draw for this season’s Champions League semi-finals. 

Wolfsburg have shown they will be no easy ride in previous rounds with the German outfit beating Manchester United, PSV and CSKA Moscow en route to the quarter-final stage. 

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Having come from behind to beat Barcelona in El Clasico, Real Madrid will be hoping to continue their fine form when they visit Wolfsburg in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

Cristiano Ronaldo was on target as Real Madrid triumphed at the Nou Camp and the forward was also on the score sheet as Madrid defeated Roma 4-0 on aggregate in the last 16 of the Champions League – with the German side now in his sights.

Wolfsburg are huge underdogs heading into the first leg of the quarter-final having reached this stage after beating Gent in the last 16. Follow all the action with Sportsmail’s ANTHONY HAY.


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