Big first for Wolfsburg


March 09, 2016
Wolfsburg's Andre Schuerrle celebrates after he scored the opening goal during the Champions League second leg round of 16 match against Gent yesterday.

WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP):

AndrE Sch,rrle scored to send Wolfsburg to the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time yesterday with a 1-0 win at home over Belgian champions Gent.

Julian Draxler easily skipped past a defender and crossed for his fellow Germany international to seal a 4-2 victory on aggregate in the 74th minute.

Both sides were playing in the Round of 16 for the first time, and Wolfsburg are just the seventh team to have progressed at their first attempt.

"It's sensational. We wouldn't have believed it at the start of the season, but now we've managed it," said Wolfsburg Sporting Director Klaus Allofs.

The German side, which has been inconsistent in the Bundesliga this season, should have been in a commanding position after leading the first leg 3-0, but conceded two late goals to revive Gent's hopes.

Gent failed to really trouble Belgian goalkeeper Koen Casteels in the Wolfsburg goal, and seemed to miss the presence of injury-hampered forward Laurent Depoitre, who remained on the bench. The Belgium international had been suffering with back and stomach problems.

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