Match Report: Real Madrid 1-2 Sheriff – Thill thunderbolt stuns Los Blancos at the Bernabeu

Sheriff celebrate Sebastien Thill's winner against Real Madrid
Sheriff celebrate Sebastien Thill’s winner against Real Madrid

Champions League debutants Sheriff pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the competition’s history by stunning Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu with a dramatic 2-1 victory.

Jasurbek Yakhshiboev’s first-half header was cancelled out by Karim Benzema’s spot-kick after the break, given following a VAR check after Vinicius Junior. went down in the box.

However, it was the visitors who claimed a remarkable win to maintain their 100 per cent record in Group D, Sebastien Thill’s stupendous left-footed strike in the 89th minute earning the Moldovan club their most famous win.

Los Blancos subjected the minnows to a 31-shot barrage, with goalkeeper Georgios Athanasiadis forced into 10 saves, but the competition’s most successful team were unable to salvage anything from the contest on a fairytale night for Sheriff.

The hosts were left stunned when Sheriff took the lead in the 25th minute with their first shot of the game. A piercing pass released Cristiano into acres of space, allowing the left-back to dink a cross to the back post that Yakhshiboev headed powerfully across Courtois and in.

Sheriff’s goalscorer could have doubled his tally and his team’s advantage six minutes later, but his left-footed effort curled just wide of the far corner.

Vinicius and Nacho spurned terrific opportunities to level the scores within 60 seconds of each other as the former’s casual finish drifted past the top-right corner and the latter somehow headed a rebound from an Eden Hazard shot over the top with the goal gaping.

Benzema then thumped narrowly wide from the edge of the box and Casemiro forced a smart save from Athanasiadis, but the Moldovan outfit went into the break ahead.

Madrid finally restored parity as Vinicius was felled in the box, with Benzema converting emphatically from 12 yards in the 65th minute.

The hosts poured men forward in search of a winner, but it was Sheriff that incredibly found the decisive late goal as Thill fired a rocket of a strike into the top-left corner from the edge of the box with just a minute of normal time remaining.

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