Real Madrid ease past Roma and Wolfsburg’s dream run in Champions League continues
Wolfsburg entered the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time in their history as André Schürrle’s late goal earned them an unconvincing 1-0 win over Gent at the Volkswagen Arena.
It was a simple finish following a surging run into the box by Julian Draxler and Schurrle finished it from 12 yards sealing a 4-2 aggregate success, but the performance was not that surging and should not really instill fear to remaining teams in this competition.
Germans failed to break-down their hard-working opponents for most parts of the game until Draxler, scorer of two goals in the first leg made an inspirational run into the box and setting the goal up for Schürrle.
Wolfsburg went into this game in the driving seat following a 3-2 away success at Gent, it could have been more comfortable for the Germans had they not allowed the Belgians to score two late goals fortnight ago. Gent had a good first half at Volkswagen arena with good amount of possession but better chances fell in home side’s favour.
In the second half, home side showed their mettle and became more composed on the ball and had few more good chances to score a goal and finish off the tie. Luiz Gustavo had a shot blocked from close range before Schürrle couldn’t capatalise on an opportunity made by Kruse with goal well in sight.
With 16 minutes to go, Draxler picked the ball on the right flank and ran at Gent’s fullback to the byline before cutting back for Schürrle to tap home. It meant Gent needed three goals to go through and it was always a tall order.
Wolfsburg failed to add on their on the night lead, but they already did just enough to seal their spot in the last 8 of the Champions League.
On the other hand, Real Madrid ease past Roma 2-0 on the night and 4-0 on the aggregate to book their place in last 8 of the Champions League.
This was not a surprise to many after Madrid’s 2-0 away win at Roma made this second leg look a mere formality at Bernabeu, but the surprise was that it never looked safe for the home side whole night until goals from Ronaldo and James in the second half sealed the deal.
In the first half, it was by far not a formality though, with Roma having good chances to open the scoring on the night but poor finishing and lack of composure in front of goal cost the Italian side dearly. Mohamad Salah was good with his runs and direct play but lack of precision counted his efforts for nothing.
Real Madrid had shots on target too, but nothing really to test Roma keeper Szczesny. But it was Roma, attacking from deep and using both flanks utilizing width of the pitch to good effect and making good chances, but to no avail as they couldn’t score even once to make the home side work more.
Italians had chances either side of half-time when Salah missed one on one with Navas, Florenzi went past Ramos but his shot was saved by Navas again. El Shaarawy could not turn Salah’s cross into the back of the net later, then after Madrid scored two in four minutes to put their stamp on the tie.
Vasquez, came on as a substitute for Bale puts in a cross from the right hand side which Ronaldo expertly finished for his 13th Champions League of the season. Ronaldo then made one for James four minutes later to put the tie beyond Roma’s reach.
A 4-0 score-line on aggregate looks quite one-sided but it was far from it, rather if Roma could have taken their chances, the story could just have been a different one. But Madrid are through to last 8 now and must be more solid if they are to win this competition.