Real Madrid, with Eden Hazard, beaten by Sheriff Tiraspol, champion … of Moldova

Le Real Madrid from Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard welcomed Sheriff Tiraspol, Petit Poucet of the Champions League and champion of Moldova, this Tuesday evening during the second day of group D. This unbalanced meeting on paper, refereed by the Belgian Lawrence Visser, ended in a surprising Madrid defeat (1-2).

A terrible blow for the club to the 13 Champions Leagues! The half-volley from the left of Sebastien Thill, who came to live in the skylight, will be remembered: with this sublime goal in the 90th minute, the Luxembourgish defeated the most successful club in the competition at home, and offered a major success to Sheriff Tiraspol for his first participation to the competition.

For the Champions League’s comeback at the Santiago Bernabeu, nothing went as planned. The first blow came in the 25th minute: after a bright opening, Cristiano, another left winger of the same name for the famous Portuguese, sent a long cross from the left to the far post, which Jasur Jakhshibaev picked up his head to send it into the small net of Thibaut Courtois (25th), throwing icy cold in the stadium.


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A few minutes later, on the 32nd, this same Jakhshibaev has a second chance: after a bad raise from Courteous, out far from his line, the Uzbek striker brushes a shot that shaves the right amount of the Belgian goalkeeper.

The Madrilenians then saw the light again after the equalization of their captain Karim Benzema, who converted a penalty caused by Vinicius in the 64th … An insufficient goal. Despite having often camped in Sheriff Tiraspol’s half of the field, the Madrileños suffered a cold sweat for much of the meeting as they struggled to avoid historic humiliation.

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But the Bernabeu crowd cheered on their players instead of booing them, and the men from Carlo Ancelotti returned to the attack, multiplying the big chances in front of a Georgios Athanasiadis irreproachable on its line. The leaping Greek goalkeeper of the Sheriff will even achieve a stop of the face which will require the intervention of the doctors, on a strike at point blank range of Luka Modric, entered during the game. He will be decisive throughout the match, again saving his people on this resumption of Luka Jovic at the very end of the meeting.

For the Sheriff, on the contrary, it’s a party night. This modest club from Transnistria, a pro-Russian separatist enclave which seceded from Moldova in 1991, does not fail to surprise bookmakers for its first participation in the queen of European competitions. After a first 2-0 victory against Shakhtar Donetsk, the same club that beat Real 3-2 last year in C1, the Sheriff is even astonishing leader of Group D after two days.

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