Founded in 1997, the Moldovan Fishes team is composed of a group of eclectic players. With Sebastian Thiel’s last-minute lore, they achieved a famous 2-1 victory at the Bernabéu.
Uzbekistan midfielder Yasulbek Yakhshiboev opened the scoring with his first Champions League goal in the first half, and Karim Benzema equalized Real Madrid from the penalty spot an hour later. .
The Sheriff’s Greek goalkeeper Giorgos Athanasiadis created the game of his life. When Real Madrid failed to beat him again and again in open matches, he made no less than 10 saves.
As time passed and the game reached a draw-which was a historic result in itself-Thiel made an amazing half-volley from outside the area, which caused shock waves across Europe.
According to data from the metadata company Gracenote, Sheriff’s chance of winning before the start is only 1.4%, which is the biggest shock since the launch of the Euro Club Index in 2010.
Gracenote’s ECI ranks all the top teams in Europe. Real Madrid is currently ranked third-after Bayern Munich and Manchester City-and the Sheriff is ranked 175th.
“Arrested by the sheriff,” the Spanish sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo wrote on the front page of the Wednesday edition.
“This is so exciting,” Sheriff Yuriy Vernydub told reporters after the game. “I am very grateful for the excellent work of my children. We are a real team.
“Some big-name players have said before that a team like Sharif does not have a place in the Champions League, but this is our position and we have proved it.
“We created a miracle, and in the end we won. I am very happy and proud of FC Sheriff, but I am more proud of my children.”
Real Madrid coach Ancelotti said after the game that it was “difficult to explain” how his team lost the game.
“They all went well, and everything we did got worse,” he said. “It’s not just worry, we are also sad. We played with intensity and commitment, but we lost due to the smallest details.
“The team played well, we could have been more keen in this area, but it is difficult to explain what happened.
“The little details made us lose the game. We should learn from it in the future, but this is an unworthy failure.”
After defeating Shakhtar Donetsk in the first game, the Sheriff now tops Group D with 6 points.