The UEFA Champions League has had its share of upsets and unlikely heroes down the years. But nothing seems to have occurred like this before. Sheriff Tiraspol, a club from Moldova that was thought to have done well just to qualify for the group stages, somehow went to Madrid and defeated Real on Tuesday night by a 1-2 scoreline. The minnows shockingly led after 25 minutes through Jasurbek Yakhsiboev, and he could have doubled it up shortly after when he narrowly missed.
Real would have to wait until the 65th minute to equalize, scoring after being given a pretty soft penalty that Karim Benzema obliged to score on. From there, it looked as if Real would win it, surely. But instead, Sheriff did, scoring on an incredible one-time volley from midfielder Sebastien Thill from outside the box in the 89th minute. Goalkeeper Georgios Athanasiadis was also a huge hero, stopping 10 shots, most of which forced him to dive and stretch his limits. It was an amazing win, and something that might not have happened had the Super League been allowed to form. In other action, Liverpool hammered FC Porto 1-5 in Portugal behind two goals apiece from Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah while Lionel Messi scored his first PSG goal in a 2-0 win over Manchester City.