There was a new sheriff in Madrid, and it hails from Tiraspol.
Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol went into the historic Estadio Santiago Bernabéu for its first-ever Champions League away game and stunned Real Madrid in an upset that sent shockwaves through the world of soccer.
Sheriff’s rise through all four qualifying rounds to become the first Moldovan side to qualify for the group stage is a stark contrast to Real Madrid’s 13 Champions League titles—but it was the minnow that came away with the three points in the Spanish capital.
Jasurbek Yakhshiboev opened the scoring in the 25th minute to give the Moldovan club its first lead as he ran off in celebration, holding his head in disbelief at the accomplishment.
Running down the right wing unmarked during a counterattack, the 24-year-old Uzbekistan international connected with a cross from Sheriff left back Cristiano. Yakhshiboev, on loan from Polish side Legia Warsaw, headed the ball back across goal to beat Thibaut Courtois for the opening goal.