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Carlo Ancelotti left to rue missed chances after Real Madrid humbled by Sheriff Tiraspol

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‘I’m a little sad as I think we deserved to win’: Carlo Ancelotti left to rue missed chances after 13-time European champions Real Madrid are humbled by Moldovan minnows Sheriff Tiraspol

  • The Spanish giants dominated in both halves but needed a penalty to level  
  • Sebastien Thill scored a stunning 89th-minute winner for Sheriff Tiraspol
  • Sheriff top Group D with six points, while Real are second with three points


Coach Carlo Ancelotti was ‘a little sad’ after the 13-time European champions Real Madrid were beaten 2-1 by Moldovan minnows Sheriff Tiraspol.

The Spanish giants dominated in both halves but needed a penalty to level after Champions League debutants Sheriff went ahead in the 25th minute with a header from Uzbek midfielder Jasurbek Yakhshiboev. 

Real Madrid had 30 shots on goal to the visitors’ four and won 13 corners compared to none for the Moldovan side, while the Spaniards had 67 per cent of possession on Tuesday night. 

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti (above) felt his side deserved to beat Sheriff Tiraspol

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti (above) felt his side deserved to beat Sheriff Tiraspol

Sebastien Thill scored a stunning 89th-minute winner for Sheriff, from the unrecognised breakaway state of Transnistria, to seal one of the biggest shocks in the competition’s history. 

‘I’m a little sad as I think we deserved to win,’ said Real coach Carlo Ancelotti.

‘You could say we had bad luck, we lost the game on the small details, they scored their goals on the counter-attack and from a throw-in. We had a lot of shots at goal but sometimes luck deserts you in games.

Sebastien Thill netted an 89th minute screamer for Sheriff, to secure a famous victory

Sebastien Thill netted an 89th minute screamer for Sheriff, to secure a famous victory

‘Everything went well for them, everything went wrong for us.’

‘We had so many shots, their goalkeeper made a lot of saves and I think you have to congratulate them for scoring two goals,’ said Real midfielder Casemiro. 

‘We were in control of the game, had many chances and then they scored a wonder goal.’ 

Real Madrid restored parity after Karim Benzema equalised from the penalty spot

Real Madrid restored parity after Karim Benzema equalised from the penalty spot

Sheriff top Champions League Group D with six points from two games while Real are second with three. 

Sheriff came through four rounds of qualifying to become the first Moldovan team to play in the group phase of Europe’s elite club competition. 

Jasur Jakhshibaev powered a header past Thibaut Courtois to give the visitors a shock lead

Jasur Jakhshibaev powered a header past Thibaut Courtois to give the visitors a shock lead

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