The motivation labored because the Moldovan champions — the primary staff within the nation’s historical past to function within the Champions League group stage — shocked the 13-time event champions 2-1 on Tuesday on the Madrid’s Bernabeu stadium.
The upstart guests went forward after 25 minutes when ahead Jasurbek Yakhshiboev put a free header previous goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Karim Benzema equalised from the penalty spot after halftime earlier than midfielder Sebastien Thill fired an 89th minute winner into the highest nook.
“We believed we may win. I spoke to my teammates as captain, motivating them, saying ‘why not dream?’ That is soccer,” Colombian ahead Castaneda stated. “Actual Madrid are historic however on the pitch it is 11 vs. 11. We went for the win and received it.”
The outcome leaves Sheriff high of group D with six factors — after successful each of their matches thus far — with Actual Madrid in second.
Goalkeeper Georgios Athanasiadis, 28 — who performs for Sheriff on mortgage from AEK Athens — was named UEFA’s Man of the Match for a show that noticed him make ten saves.
“I am actually pleased,” he stated. “It is very tough to play in opposition to these groups, the most effective on this planet. I am emotional, if I keep it up speaking for much longer, I am going to find yourself crying.”
For his aspect, Actual Madrid supervisor Carlo Ancelotti blamed “little particulars” for the loss.
“Greater than fearful we’re unhappy,” Ancelotti stated in his post-match information convention. “The staff performed with a number of depth and dedication. I believe the little particulars — within the first half a cross, within the second half a throw-in — determined the sport. Usually they do not price you, however with unhealthy luck, they do.”
Ancelotti added: “We had a number of alternatives. We may have been extra exact within the final 30 metres nevertheless it’s arduous to elucidate this defeat with the sport we performed… It is a good lesson for the long run. A throw-in, a cross, a nook, a pointless foul… They price you. We misplaced and we did not deserve it.”
“We had so many pictures, their goalkeeper made a number of saves and I believe it’s a must to congratulate them for scoring two targets,” stated Actual midfielder Casemiro. “We have been in charge of the sport, had many possibilities after which they scored a marvel objective.”
Against this, Sheriff had three pictures that they had heading in the right direction however have been capable of convert two that almost all mattered.
“I used to dream about successful on the Bernabeu,” Sheriff’s Peruvian defender Gustavo Dulanto stated. “I’ve all the time adopted Actual, the membership that is received probably the most Champions Leagues, and to have crushed them right here at residence is a good achievement.”