Sebastien Thill’s late stunner broke a 1-1 deadlock and gave FC Sheriff a historic win over Real Madrid. Playing away at the newly-renovated Santiago Bernabeu, among other Champions League football results, Sheriff surprised Real Madrid.
Indeed, the David vs. Goliath football match had everyone wondering, “What if the competition debutants do it again?”
However, the first few minutes seemed to suggest – “no”. The thirteen-time European Champion took control of the game and created a number of decent chances through Karim Benzema.
Now, Madrid’s next league match is an away trip to Espanol, while Sheriff Tiraspol return to domestic action against Milsami.
Champions League Football Results – Sheriff Surprised Real Madrid
Though Real Madrid dominated possession and had more shots on target, after a quarter-hour, the visitors delivered a surprise goal.
This initial lead was a sucker punch that stunned the home crowd.
Cristiano had too much space down the left flank, giving him time to deliver a perfect cross into the box. The ball then met Jasurbek Yakhshiboev, who headed it past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Meanwhile, Sheriff relied heavily on their goalkeeper Giorgos Athanasiadis, who made several excellent saves to keep them in the game.
In the second half, Madrid continued to put pressure on the visitors, eventually winning a penalty through Vinicius Junior, who was deemed to have been brought down inside the box by Edmund Addo.
It was Karim Benzema who stepped up and perfectly dispatched the spot-kick. He not only levelled the score but also became the competition’s fourth-highest scorer overall.
The drama continued as substitute Bruno had the ball in the back of the net for Sheriff. But it was not valid for being offside after a lengthy VAR check.
Then too, however, Thill’s stunning strike late in the game gave Sheriff the victory in a moment of football history.
Real Madrid 1 – 2 Sheriff
Goals: 0 – 1 Jakhshibaev 25, 1 – 1 Benzema 65, 1 – 2 Thill 90
Bookings: Casemiro, Ancelotti, Jovic; Arbeloda, Addo, Dulanto, Thill
Real Madrid: Courtois, Gutierez, Alaba, Militao, Fernandez, Camavinga, Casemiro, Valverde, Junior, Benzema, Hazard
Substitutions: Modric, Rodrygo, Kroos, Jovic
Sheriff: Athansiaidis, Fernando, Arbeloda, Dulanto, Cristiano, Thill, Addo, Traore, Kolovos, Castaneda, Jakshibaev
Substitutions: Julien, Bruno, Nikolov