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‘A miracle’: Sheriff Tiraspol stuns Actual Madrid in one of many Champions League’s best upsets

The Moldovan minnow, solely based in 1997 and made up of an eclectic group of gamers, clinched a well-known 2-1 win on the Bernabéu due to Sebastien Thill’s last-minute stunner.

Uzbek midfielder Jasurbek Yakhshiboev opened the scoring within the first half together with his first Champions League objective, earlier than Karim Benzema drew Actual stage from the penalty spot simply after the hour mark.

Sheriff’s Greek goalkeeper Giorgos Athanasiadis produced the sport of his life, arising with at least 10 saves as Actual Madrid repeatedly did not get the higher of him from open play.

With the clock ticking down and the match heading for a draw — which in itself would have been a historic end result — Thill produced a shocking half-volley from exterior of the realm to ship shockwaves round Europe.

Goalkeeper Giorgos Athanasiadis celebrates with teammate Dimitrios Kolovos at the final whistle.

In line with metadata firm Gracenote, Sheriff had only a 1.4% likelihood of victory earlier than kick off, making the end result the largest shock since its Euro Membership Index was launched in 2010.

Gracenote’s ECI ranks each high tier crew round Europe, with Actual Madrid presently third — behind solely Bayern Munich and Manchester Metropolis — and Sheriff ranked a hundred and seventy fifth.

“Arrested by the Sheriff,” learn the entrance web page of Wednesday’s version of Spanish sports activities newspaper Mundo Deportivo.

“That is so emotional,” Sheriff supervisor Yuriy Vernydub instructed reporters after the match. “I am very appreciative of my boys for this nice job. We’re an actual crew.

“Some huge gamers mentioned earlier than there is no place within the Champions League for groups like Sheriff, but it surely’s our place and we proved it.

“We’ve created a miracle and ultimately we’ve got received. I’m very joyful and really proud for FC Sheriff, however I’m extra happy with my boys.”

Sheriff's players celebrate Sebastien Thill's winning goal.

Actual Madrid supervisor Carlo Ancelotti mentioned after the match that it was “troublesome to elucidate” how his crew misplaced the sport.

“All the things went nicely for them whereas every thing we did turned out badly,” he mentioned. “Greater than nervous, we’re unhappy. We performed with depth and dedication, however misplaced because of the most interesting particulars.

“The crew performed nicely, we may have been sharper within the space, but it surely’s troublesome to elucidate what occurred.

“The small particulars value us the sport and we should always study from that sooner or later, however this was a defeat we didn’t deserve.”

Sheriff now remarkably sits high of Group D on six factors after its upset win towards Shakhtar Donetsk in its opening sport.

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