The record winners of the Champions League were toppled by a team playing their first-ever season in the competition.
Real Madrid “didn’t deserve to lose” in the Champions League match against Sheriff but the loss “could be a good lesson for the future,” says Carlo Ancelotti.
Real Madrid were shell-shocked by Sheriff at Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday as the lowly visitors returned with all three points in the bag following a 2-1 victory.
The hosts found themselves trailing in the middle of the first half when Jasurbek Yakhshiboev rose to meet an inviting cross from the left and powered a header past Thibaut Courtois and into the back of the net.
Karim Benzema equalized from the spot five minutes after the hour-mark but an exquisite effort from Sebastien Thill from the edge of the box sealed a dramatic late win for the Moldovan side.
“This could be a good lesson for the future,” Ancelotti told at his post-match press conference. “We’re talking about a defeat when the team didn’t deserve to lose, given how we performed.
“Sheriff defended really well and were tight at the back. We linked up well and broke through their backline many times and sent over many crosses. Where we let ourselves down was on the fine details.
“We’ve lost the game because we had a bit of bad luck.”