Real Madrid 1-2 Sheriff Tiraspol: Champions League debutants snatch win

Jasurbek Yakhshiboev scores for Sheriff against Real Madrid
Sheriff Tiraspol are high of Group D after two wins from two video games

Sheriff Tiraspol produced one of many nice Champions League shocks because the competitors’s least skilled membership upstaged 13-time European champions Real Madrid on the Bernabeu.

Sebastien Thill snatched victory for the debutants with a surprising final-minute strike, sparking scenes of untamed celebration from the Moldovan champions.

Jasurbek Yakhshiboev’s first-half header had given them the lead earlier than Karim Benzema levelled with a penalty.

But Thill’s purpose was a worthy strategy to clinch a historic victory – the Luxembourg midfielder’s half-volley decreasing the house crowd to silence because it flashed previous Thibaut Courtois.

“It’s the best and most important goal of my career, that’s for sure,” stated Thill, who was final 12 months enjoying on mortgage at FC Tambov – a Russian membership which in May was dissolved after declaring themselves bankrupt.

“The side were so brave with how we played and luckily enough I was able to score a bit of a stunner.

“After this match, all of us went loopy. There are lots of foreigners within the membership, we come from all forms of nations. It’s our energy.”

This was not what Real had planned as the Bernabeu hosted Champions League football for the first time in 580 days, and shouts of celebration from Sheriff players were the soundtrack to a monumental upset.

Sheriff captain Frank Castaneda stated victory was a “dream come true” and that they are focused on reaching the knockout stage.

“We are dreaming of entering into the final 16 and that is our goal,” he stated.

The home side dominated every facet of the game, having 76% possession and 31 shots – 11 of which were on target.

But Sheriff played with supreme composure and were ruthless when presented with even a hint of a chance – scoring twice from just three shots on goal.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti stated he was “somewhat unhappy” as he felt Real “deserved to win”.

“You may say we had dangerous luck, we misplaced the sport on the small particulars, they scored their objectives on the counter-attack and from a throw-in,” the Italian said. “We had lots of photographs at purpose however generally luck deserts you in video games.

“Everything went well for them; everything went wrong for us.”

Who are Sheriff Tiraspol?

The match within the Spanish capital was Sheriff’s tenth Champions League fixture of the season as they got here via 4 rounds of qualifying to achieve the group stage for the primary time.

A milestone win in opposition to Shakhtar Donetsk earlier this month despatched them high of Group D, and this exceptional triumph ensures they continue to be unlikely leaders forward of illustrious opposition that additionally consists of Italian champions Inter Milan.

“Our attention now turns to Inter and we’ll work hard in order to ensure we keep getting positive results,” Sheriff captain Castaneda stated.

While they’re nonetheless minnows on the European stage, they’ve gained 20 of the 22 Moldovan league titles they’ve contested, and within the two league video games earlier than heading to Madrid, they scored 11 objectives and conceded none.

Tuesday’s outcome means they turn out to be simply the second membership to win on their first Champions League journey to the Bernabeu, replicating Arsenal’s achievement in 2005-06.

And not since Leicester City in 2016-17 have a aspect gained their opening two video games on their debut within the competitors.

Real had supposed to make historical past of their very own on their return to the Bernabeu, which has been refurbished, as they’re only one wanting 100 Champions League victories at house.

But the competitors’s most skilled membership – and one which has tried to reshape European membership soccer as a founding member of the controversial Super League – had been crushed.

Sheriff Tiraspol player celebrate against Real Madrid
Sheriff Tiraspol’s second purpose sparked wild celebrations
Yuriy Vernydub of FC Sheriff celebrates victory
Manager Yuriy Vernydub and the Sheriff Tiraspol bench have a good time after the ultimate whistle
Players of FC Sheriff celebrate
Sheriff gamers continued to have a good time nicely after the ultimate whistle on the Bernabeu pitch
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema looks at the celebration of Sheriff's Brazilian midfielder Bruno Felipe Souza da Silva
Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and the house crowd had been left shocked by Sheriff’s late winner


Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Courtois
  • 6NachoSubstituted forRodrygoat 66′minutes
  • 3Militão
  • 4Alaba
  • 35GutiérrezSubstituted forKroosat 66′minutes
  • 15Valverde
  • 14CasemiroBooked at 39minsSubstituted forModricat 66′minutes
  • 25Camavinga
  • 7E HazardSubstituted forJovicat 66′minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 9Benzema
  • 20Vinícius Júnior


  • 5Vallejo
  • 8Kroos
  • 10Modric
  • 11Asensio
  • 13Lunin
  • 16Jovic
  • 17Vázquez
  • 21Rodrygo
  • 22Isco
  • 24Mariano
  • 26López Andúgar
  • 27Blanco

Sheriff Tiraspol

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 30Athanasiadis
  • 13Peixoto Costanza
  • 2Arboleda HurtadoBooked at 17mins
  • 55DulantoBooked at 46mins
  • 15da Silva Leite
  • 21AddoBooked at 45mins
  • 31ThillBooked at 90mins
  • 9Traoré
  • 22KolovosSubstituted forNikolovat 90+2′minutes
  • 10Castañeda VelezSubstituted forJulienat 78′minutes
  • 17YakhshiboevSubstituted forSouza da Silvaat 57′minutes


  • 1Celeadnic
  • 6Radeljic
  • 16Julien
  • 19Cojocari
  • 20Nikolov
  • 33Pascenco
  • 77Souza da Silva
  • 98Cojocaru
  • 99Yansane

Lawrence Visser


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