The 13-time European Cup winners were huge favorites to rule out Sheriff Tiraspol at home at the Bernabeu, but fell behind after 25 minutes thanks to a header from Uzbek midfielder Jasurbek Yakhshiboev who beat Thibaut Courtois.
Madrid retaliated after the break with a penalty from Karim Benzema after a foul on Vinicius Jr, but the minnows from the unrecognized breakaway state of Transnistria who play in the Moldovan league were not to be deprived of their historic shock as the midfielder Luxembourg midfielder Sébastien Thill scored an 89th-minute winner to stun the home crowd.
This incredible result sees Sheriff – which was only founded in 1997 – top of Group D after also defeating Shakhtar Donetsk in their Champions League debut, while shocked Madrid are three points behind afterwards. having beaten Inter Milan on opening night.
“I’m a little sad because I think we deserved to win,” Ancelotti said after Tuesday’s surprise.
“You could say that we were unlucky, we lost the game on the little details, they scored their goals on the counterattack and on a throw-in. We had a lot of shots on goal but sometimes the luck deserts you in matches.
“Everything went well for them, everything went wrong for us.”
Madrid midfielder Casemiro lamented: “We had so many shots, their goalkeeper made a lot of saves and I think you have to congratulate them for scoring two goals.
“We were in control, we had a lot of chances and then they scored a wonderful goal.”