LONDON: Wolfsburg and Manchester City both pulled off surprise results which threatened to tip the expected balance of power in the Champions League quarter-finals first legs.
The German club defeated 10-times champions Real Madrid 2-0 in Germany while City held Paris Saint-Germain 2-2 in the French capital.
Wolfsburg stunned Madrid with two goals in eight first-half minutes. Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas had not conceded in this competition prior to this game but he was beaten by Ricardo Rodriguez’s penalty, before Maximilian Arnold doubled the advantage soon after.
Four days on from a win at the Nou Camp with 10 men, Zinedine Zidane’s side looked shaky at the back and have it all to do in the return fixture in the Spanish capital next Tuesday.
Gareth Bale was denied what appeared a clear penalty after a challenge by Luiz Gustavo before anyone had scored.
Navas finally conceded after 738 minutes without doing so in the Champions League when Rodriguez sent him the wrong way from 12 yards out.
The spot-kick call was debatable as Andre Schurrle appeared to kick his own foot as he swung his leg past Casemiro, who was caught on the wrong side of the ex-Chelsea forward.
Seven minutes later it was 2-0, Julian Draxler finding Henrique in space and from his cross Arnold stole a march on Sergio Ramos and finished first-time past Navas.
Benzema then headed wide before injury eventually forced him off, Toni Kroos drew Benaglio into a save and Bale planted a 25-yard free-kick over his crossbar of the stroke of half-time.
Zidane’s side pushed for an away goal after the interval and Ronaldo missed the target with two attempts from Bale crosses.
In France Manchester City looked to be running into trouble against Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes after casually allowing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to cancel out a Kevin De Bruyne strike and falling behind to an Adrien Rabiot tap-in.
But after Ibrahimovic continued to atone for an early penalty miss by heading against the bar, Fernandinho took advantage of some poor PSG defending to net a vital second away goal.
It was a compelling encounter and City can take huge encouragement from their performance, aside from a couple of lapses which included Fernando’s error for PSG’s first goal.