'Detained by the Sheriff!' Spanish papers react to Madrid's shock loss

‘Detained by the Sheriff!’ Spanish papers react with bemusement after an ‘overconfident’ Real Madrid are beaten at home by Moldovan minnows Tiraspol in Champions League

  • Real Madrid were stunned at home to Sheriff Tiraspol on Tuesday evening 
  • The Moldovan side won late on thanks to Sebastien Thrill’s last-minute screamer
  • Mundo Deportivo said Carlo Ancelotti’s side had been ‘detained by the Sheriff’ 
  • AS similarly ran with ‘The sheriff imposes his law’ after the shock result  

Spanish papers have reacted which shock and humour after Real Madrid’s humbling home defeat to Sheriff Tiraspol in the Champions League on Tuesday night. 

Luxembourg midfielder Sebastien Thrill netted a stunning late winner to seal the most famous win in the Moldovan’s history, on an embarrassing evening for Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti. 

And the papers did not miss out on using some obvious puns as headlines directed at the 13-time European champions, with Mundo Deportivo running with: ‘Detained by the Sheriff!’

Spanish papers have reacted which shock after Real Madrid’s defeat to Sheriff Tiraspol, with Mundo saying: ‘Detained by the Sheriff’ (left) and AS: ‘The Sheriff imposes his law’ (right) 

Madrid were stunned at home to the Moldovan minnows despite having 31 shots on goal 

The front cover added that the ‘modest Moldovan side beat a Madrid team who could only score a penalty against the group leaders.’ 

Madrid stalwart Karim Benzema had equalised from the spot in the 65th minute, following Jasurbek Yakhshiboev’s first-half opener in the Bernabeu. 

Meanwhile, AS similarly headlined: ‘The sheriff imposes his law’, also describing Ancelotti’s side as ‘overconfident.’ 

It also notes that the hosts dominated the match, with 31 shots on goal in total, but required a penalty to break down their Champions League minnows. 

Marca described the contest as ‘incredible’, whilst also focusing on Atletico’s late comeback at AC Milan in which Diego Simeone’s fought back to win 2-1 in the dying stages, via goals from Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez.  

Champions League debutants Sheriff secured a famous win against Madrid at the Bernabeu

Carlo Ancelotti believed his side deserved to win against the Moldovan side on Tuesday night 

The loss to Sheriff is a setback for Madrid, who are now three points behind the Champions League debutants in Group D. 

‘I’m a little sad as I think we deserved to win,’ said Real coach Carlo Ancelotti.

‘You could say we had bad luck, we lost the game on the small details, they scored their goals on the counter-attack and from a throw-in. We had a lot of shots at goal but sometimes luck deserts you in games.

‘Everything went well for them, everything went wrong for us.’ 

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