The international press eulogistically commented on the 2-1 victory scored by Sheriff Tiraspol against Real Madrid. Under the headline “Real, shot by Sheriff”, the Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo praised the Moldovans for their courage, saying these enter directly the history of the Champions League, IPN reports, quoting the Moldovan Football Federation.
Another Spanish daily, AS, said: “Sheriff makes Madrid red!”. The Spanish site Sport.es kept a similar tone: “Sheriff achieved the target!”. It continued with irony in relation to Real: “The team from Moldova heard the bell ringing, which is a sign that Real Madrid was downed. All during 90 minutes!”. “Sheriff turned out to be a disciplined team that knows to defend itself and to counterattack swiftly. With order and speed, a recipe older than that of bread, Moldova’s champion beat Ancelotti’s Real slowly and without ideas,” wrote another journalist of Mundo Deportivo, Manuel Bruna.
The French publication L'Équipe warned Real, Inter and Shakhtar that Sheriff really started to terrify, becoming an important challenger in the Champions League.
The headline of Digi Sport Romania was: “Real Madrid – Sheriff Tiraspol 1-2. Fabulous! Moldovans produce the surprise of the evening in the Champions League”.
The team from Tiraspol managed by Yurii Vernydub beat Real Madrid in the second match of the groups of the UEFA Champions League.