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 along 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, developing 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 world to ship shockwaves round Europe.
In accordance with metadata firm Gracenote, Sheriff had only a 1.4% likelihood of victory earlier than kick off, making the end result the most important shock since its Euro Membership Index was launched in 2010.
Gracenote’s ECI ranks each prime tier crew round Europe, with Actual Madrid at present third — behind solely Bayern Munich and Manchester Metropolis — and Sheriff ranked one 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 advised reporters after the match. “I am very appreciative of my boys for this nice job. We’re an actual crew.
“Some huge gamers stated earlier than there is not any place within the Champions League for groups like Sheriff, however it’s our place and we proved it.
“We’ve created a miracle and ultimately now we have gained. I’m very completely satisfied and really proud for FC Sheriff, however I’m extra happy with my boys.”
Actual Madrid supervisor Carlo Ancelotti stated after the match that it was “troublesome to clarify” how his crew misplaced the sport.
“Every thing went effectively for them whereas every thing we did turned out badly,” he stated. “Greater than frightened, we’re unhappy. We performed with depth and dedication, however misplaced as a result of best particulars.
“The crew performed effectively, we might have been sharper within the space, however it’s troublesome to clarify what occurred.
“The small particulars price us the sport and we must always be taught from that sooner or later, however this was a defeat we didn’t deserve.”
Sheriff now remarkably sits prime of Group D on six factors after its upset win in opposition to Shakhtar Donetsk in its opening recreation.