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

Sheriff Tiraspol are prime 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 Actual Madrid on the Bernabeu.

Sebastien Thill snatched victory for the debutants with a shocking final-minute strike, sparking scenes of untamed celebration from the visiting staff.

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

However Thill’s objective was a worthy technique to clinch a historic victory – the Luxembourg midfielder’s half-volley lowering the house crowd to silence because it dipped previous Thibaut Courtois.

This was not what Actual had deliberate because the Bernabeu hosted Champions League soccer for the primary time in 580 days, and shouts of celebration from Sheriff gamers have been the soundtrack to a monumental upset.

Actual dominated each aspect of the sport, having 76% possession and 31 photographs – 11 of which have been heading in the right direction.

Sheriff, nonetheless, performed with supreme composure and have been ruthless when offered with even a touch of an opportunity – scoring twice from simply three photographs on objective.

Who’re Sheriff Tiraspol?

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

A milestone win towards Shakhtar Donetsk earlier this month despatched them prime 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.

Whereas they’re nonetheless minnows on the European stage, they’ve received 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 meant they turned simply the second membership to win on their first Champions League journey to the Bernabeu, replicating Arsenal’s achievement in 2005-06.

And never since Leicester Metropolis in 2016-17 have a aspect received their opening two video games on their debut within the competitors.


Actual 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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