With 13 Champions League trophies in their enormous trophy cabinet, Real Madrid’s status as the most successful club in European competitions is almost unquestionable.
However, their records and illustrious history does not mean they are untouchable, as demonstrated by Sheriff Tiraspol.
The European giants saw their crowns knocked cleanly off their head, as the Moldovan side stunned Carlo Ancelotti’s men at the Bernabeu.
Jasurbek Yakhshiboev gave a Sheriff a shock lead in the 25th minute when he headed Cristiano’s wonderful cross back across goal, and into the back of the net.
Real peppered the minnow’s goal throughout the contest and eventually equalised courtesy of Karim Benzema’s penalty in the second half.
Sebastien Thill’s astounding half volley in the 89th minute sealed a famous victory over Los Blancos, who looked shell-shocked when the final whistle went.
Any scripts suggesting the Spanish giants were going to get a stranglehold on the contest and win easily were ignored by Yuriy Vernydub’s side who secured their second win in group D in the dying minutes.
After the game, they wasted no time in poking fun at Real by posting a photo of the Sheriff team crest wearing the crown of Madrid’s logo lopsided.
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The post was soon deleted on Instagram, but it did not put a dampener on the occasion for the side.
Against all odds, they currently top Group D which consists of Real, Inter Milan, and Shakhtar Donetsk.
The Moldovan National Division side are currently on six points, having secured an incredible 2-0 win against Shakhtar in their first ever Champions League match.
That match was considered a huge shock, but their victory over Ancelotti’s side will surely be up there as one of the biggest giant killings in Champions League history.
Nobody gave the side a prayer when they were drawn into the group, but any kind of result against Inter Milan in their next match, will leave them in a strong position.
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