Summary

  • Wolfsburg beaten 3-2 on aggregate.
  • Ronaldo scores twice in 86 seconds.
  • Completes hat-trick with 77th-minute free kick.

VfL Wolfsburg were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League after losing the second leg of their quarter-final tie with Real Madrid CF 3-0 at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid CF 3-0 VfL Wolfsburg (agg. 3-2)

Goals: 1-0 Ronaldo (15'), 2-0 Ronaldo (17'), 3-0 Ronaldo (77')

Dieter Hecking named the same starting line-up that secured an invaluable two-goal lead in last week's first leg, but Wolfsburg's valiant hard work was undone in the space of 86 first-half seconds in the Spanish capital. The warning signs were there when Sergio Ramos grazed the crossbar, before Cristiano Ronaldo stuck away a quick-fire double to level the tie on aggregate. The Wolves could have folded, especially after losing Julian Draxler to injury in the 32nd minute, but showed a marked improvement towards the end of the half, with Luiz Gustavo stinging the fingertips of Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas from range.

The pendulum would swing again after the restart, but this time it was decisively in Real's favour. After Diego Benaglio stuck out a leg to prevent Josuha Guilavogui diverting a Luka Modric cross through his own net and Ramos powered a header against the upright, a Ronaldo free kick put Los Blancos ahead for the first time in the tie. Benaglio pulled off a pair of fine saves to thwart Karim Benzema and Jese, and although Wolfsburg knew one goal would be enough to send them through, the chances did not materialise.

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Man of the match

After a shaky start, Wolfsburg got a foothold back in the game thanks to the battling efforts of Gustavo. The Brazil international was dominant in midfield at times and forced a couple of decent stops from Navas.

Talking point

Wolfsburg exit the competition with their heads held high, safe in the knowledge that they were only undone by one of world football's great individuals. The Wolves belong in the Champions League, but can they claw back the nine-point deficit and salvage a top-four finish in the Bundesliga with five games of the season remaining?

Match stats

  • Wolfsburg reached the quarter-finals in only their second Champions League campaign.
  • Ronaldo has scored more goals against German clubs in the Champions League than he has against any other nation (17 goals).
  • Wolfsburg completed 353 of their 429 attempted passes.

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Line-ups

Real: Navas - Carvajal, Ramos (c), Pepe, Marcelo - Modric (Varane 90+2'), Casemiro, Kroos - Bale, Benzema (Jese 84'), Ronaldo

Wolfsburg: Benaglio (c) - Vieirinha, Naldo, Dante, Rodriguez - Guilavogui (Dost 80'), Gustavo - Bruno Henrique (Caligiuri 73'), Arnold, Draxler (Kruse 32') - Schürrle