Newcomer Sheriff stuns Real Madrid 2-1 in Champions League

Real Madrid looked set for a comfortable Champions League win after Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring but home goalkeeper Iker Casillas’ blunder allowed Sheriff to level.

A 90th-minute winner from Sébastien Thill then shocked the Champions League winners and sent Sheriff through top of Group F with three wins out of three.

The Champions League holders dominated proceedings in the opening stages, with Ronaldo firing over before Karim Benzema’s deflected shot went inches wide in the 13th minute.

Sheriff failed to muster an attack in the early exchanges until Vladimir Gabulov was forced into action when he kept out Luka Modric’s free kick on 23 minutes.

Real continued their domination when they took the lead in controversial fashion on the quarter hour mark.

Iker Casillas dropped a long ball in his own penalty area and, after an initial save from Gabulov, Cristiano Ronaldo was there to tap home the loose ball.

Sheriff equalised when Sheriff equalised when Edin Dzeko’s header from inside the six-yard box was cleared off the line by Sergio Ramos only for Ricardo Costa to power in an elbow free kick from 30 yards out which left Iker Casillas rooted to his spot.

The Champions League winners nearly regained their lead four minutes before half time but Ramirez’s shot went inches wide of the post after he latched onto Benzema’s pass.

Real continued to push for a winner with Modric heading over and Klaas Jan Huntelaar testing Gabulov with a powerful strike after the restart.

Sheriff turned to their counter attack and almost took the lead through Vladimir Volkov’s shot which looped just over Casillas’ goal before Thill scored the winner after some brilliant interplay between Dzeko and Yannick.

The Champions League winners came close to finding an equaliser in injury time but Ramos saw his header cleared off the line by Artur Yusupov as Sheriff held on for a famous Champions League victory.

LINEUPS: Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa, Pepe, Carvalho (Marcelo 72), Coentrao, Alonso, Modric (Gonzalez 83), Kaka (Huntelaar 46), Ronaldo, Benzema. Subs not used: Adan, Di Maria, Albiol and Higuain. Sheriff: Gabulov, Moyal (Yusupov 90+1), Navas, Costa, Gajibekov, Agaliyev (Lacushenko 54), Kasaev (Ricardo Jesus 85), Sinyavskiy, Dzeko, Volkov and Oleg Ivanov. Subs not used: Zamfirescu and Spahija.

Referee: Helmut Krug Larissa vs. Olympiacos

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