Carlo Ancelotti ‘sad’ right after Real Madrid humiliated by Sheriff Tiraspol: ‘Everything went improper for us’
The 13-time European Cup winners were substantial favourites to brush apart Sheriff Tiraspol on home soil at the Bernabeu, but fell powering soon after 25 minutes courtesy of a header from Uzbek midfielder Jasurbek Yakhshiboev that beat Thibaut Courtois.
Madrid hit back following the interval by way of a Karim Benzema penalty after a foul on Vinicius Jr, but the minnows from the unrecognised breakaway state of Transnistria who play in the Moldovan league were not to be denied their historic shock as Luxembourg midfielder Sebastien Thill netted an 89th-minute winner to stun the home crowd.
The outstanding outcome sees Sheriff – who were being only established in 1997 – top Team D after they also overcame Shakhtar Donetsk on their Champions League debut, though shellshocked Madrid are a few factors behind owning beat Inter Milan on opening night.
“I’m a small unfortunate as I think we deserved to get,” Ancelotti said right after Tuesday’s upset.
“You could say we had poor luck, we dropped the video game on the small aspects, they scored their goals on the counter-assault and from a throw-in. We had a ton of shots at intention but occasionally luck deserts you in games.