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'Busted by the Sheriff': Spanish media reacts to Madrid defeat

Record 13-time champions Real Madrid were stunned 2-1 at home on Tuesday by Moldovan debutants Sheriff Tiraspol
28 September 2021, Spain, Madrid: Real Madrid's Eduardo Camavinga (R) and Sheriff's Danilo Arboleda battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League group D soccer match between Real Madrid and Sheriff Tiraspol Munich at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Photo: Apo Caballero/DAX via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa
Real Madrid's Eduardo Camavinga (R) and Sheriff's Danilo Arboleda battle for the ball during the match. Photo: Apo Caballero/dpa.

"Busted by the Sheriff" - with this headline the Spanish sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo reacted on Wednesday to the surprising 2-1 Real Madrid defeat at the hands of Moldovan champions Sheriff Tiraspol in the Champions League.

Real Madrid was apparently dogged by bad luck in its Santiago Bernabeu stadium, which had just reopened after a long renovation, the newspaper wrote.

Madrid lost their last Champions League match in the stadium before the coronavirus pandemic in February 2020 to Manchester City and now experienced humiliation at the hands of an underdog.

The sports newspaper AS sees the defeat as end of coach Carlo Ancelotti's honeymoon at Madrid, where he only took over from Zinedine Zidane in July.

Madrid were "sleepy" up front and not dangerous. A match that they thought they had already won ended up in "embarrassment."

"Their sin was the excess of confidence," AS wrote.

The Sport newspaper wrote of a "painful" defeat for the Los Blancos, who were used to success.

Hazard-by-dpaReal Madrid's Eden Hazard (L) and Sheriff's Fernando Peixoto Costanza. Photo: Apo Caballero/dpa.

Debutants' fairytale

Record 13-time champions Real Madrid were stunned 2-1 at home on Tuesday by Moldovan debutants Sheriff Tiraspol, whose fairytale continues atop Group D.

Luxembourg international Sebastien Thill struck a glorious 89th minute winner to secure a second successive victory.

Real are second in the group on three points while Shakhtar Donetsk and Inter Milan have one each after a 0-0 draw in Ukraine.

And in Group C, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund maintained perfect records 2-0 over Besiktas and 1-0 over Sporting Libson respectively.

28 September 2021, Spain, Madrid: Real Madrid's Nacho Fernandez (L) and Sheriff's Cristiano da Silva Leite battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League group D soccer match between Real Madrid and Sheriff Tiraspol Munich at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Photo: Apo Caballero/DAX via ZUMA Press Wire/dpaReal Madrid's Nacho Fernandez (L) and Sheriff's Cristiano da Silva. Photo: Apo Caballero/dpa.

'Busted by the Sheriff': Spanish media reacts to Madrid defeat
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