"Dancing with wolves": world's press goes to town on Madrid
"Disaster, failure, catastrophe..." The papers laid into Real Madrid on Thursday morning, with only Gareth Bale saving some face.
The world’s press got stuck into Real Madrid after Zinedine Zidane’s side were defeated 2-0 in Wolfsburg on Wednesday night. German media spoke of a “miracle” while some papers praised Gareth Bale’s performance.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (Italy): “Madrid take a nap” “There was a surprise; Wolfsburg beat Real Madrid 2-0 to leave Europe open-mouthed. Zidane’s side, who beat Barcelona on Saturday, fell into Hecking’s trap and were hunted down by the German side’s counter-attacks.”
L'Equipe (France): "Real’s nightmare” “A penalty conceded by Casemiro allowed Wolfsburg to get off the mark. Madrid fell from a great height in Germany.”
Bild (Germany): "Real disintegrate; the miracle of Wolfsburg.” “Europe, amazed by Wolfsburg. 11 wolves and the semi-finals are now closer.
Daily Mail (England): “Madrid crash back to earth” “What a difference, there were no selfies in the dressing room at the Volkswagen Arena. Real started the match with post-Clasico arrogance that disappeared after Zidane’s side underestimated the eighth-placed team in the Bundesliga.”
Daily Mirror (England): "Champions League in shock" “Wolfsburg are not here just to make up the numbers. Sergio Ramos’ poor season is a concern and his decline of last year has continued. Did Zidane make a mistake. Danilo did not look like a 30 million euro full back.”
O Jogo (Portugal): "Epic comeback or adiós” “Beaten in Wolfsburg, Real in trouble in Champions League quarters. Ronaldo, little inspired, like the rest of Zidane’s side.”
Récord (Mexico): "What a slip-up!” "Wolfsburg surprised everybody in the Champions League quarterfinals with a 2-0 win over Real Madrid.”
Globoesporte (Brazil): "Dancing with wolves" "Keylor Navas: from not conceding a goal in 738 minutes to being beaten twice in seven.”
Mundo Deportivo: "Complete disaster in Wolfsburg" "Disaster, failure, catastrophe... any of these words serves to define what happened to Real Madrid in Wolfsburg.
Sport: "Alcorconazo, German style" "Real Madrid’s engine spluttered at the worst moment of the season. Zidane’s side were shipwrecked after a first half to forget, in which Gareth Bale was the only response Real had.”
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