Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol snatched a remarkable 2-1 win away to Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, pulling off one of the biggest shocks in the competition's history thanks to a sensational 89th-minute strike from Sebastien Thill. Competition debutants Sheriff went ahead against the 13-times European champions in the 25th minute with a header from Uzbek midfielder Jasurbek Yakhshiboev, who narrowly missed a chance to double the visitors' lead later in the first half. Sheriff, from the unrecognised breakaway state of Transnistria, 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 and had surprised a highly experienced Champions League side in Shakhtar Donetsk to win their opening game 2-0.
They faced an unbeaten Real side and were outplayed for most of the game but pulled off the biggest result in their 24-year-history, making the most of their few chances and relying on a few top-drawer saves from Greek goalkeeper Georgios Athanasiadis.
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