Real Madrid take revenge against Sheriff Tiraspol – David Alaba and Toni Kroos meet for Los Blancos

After brief initial difficulties, Real Madrid took over the game in Tiraspol and created several great chances early on in the game. Rodrygo was sent into the barrel and appeared freely in the opponent’s penalty area, but his cross pass to Karim Benzema was intercepted in the last second by Danilo Arboleda (8th).

Shortly afterwards, the Frenchman was allowed to push the ball into the goal, but was whistled back again. Giorgos Athanasiadis had a shot ricocheted off by Toni Kroos, but Benzema was offside (10th).

At the beginning of the game, a lot went over the right side, with Dani Carvajal Rodrygo serving on the right in the penalty area, which, however, failed due to Athanasiadis (18th). The hosts allowed small opportunities again and again, but largely managed to prevent large opportunities for the guests. So Real Madrid needed a set piece to take the lead. A deflected free kick by David Alaba from almost 19 meters found its way into the net (30th).

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Shortly before the break, the Madrilenians increased the pressure again and went to 2-0. Ferland Mendy crossed to Carvajal, who just missed the goal with his volley (41.). In stoppage time, a forceful shot from Kroos made it 2-0 after the break, the German midfielder chased the ball from 17 meters under the crossbar (45 + 1) after preliminary work by Rodrygo.

Although Real had starting problems again in the second round, Los Blancos managed to extend their lead early on. Mendy prevailed strongly on the left, dribbled along the edge of the sixteen and dropped for Benzema, who hit the left corner dry (55th).

The Madrilenians were a bit negligent as a result and let the hosts come to chances. After a corner from Sebastien Thill, Thibaut Courtois did not get out of his goal decisively enough and was lucky that Gustavo Dulanto headed over it from five meters (63.). The Belgian was able to prove his skills less than five minutes later when he made a strong save against Adama Traore, the striker from Mali had taken a cross and used it. But the action continued and a cross from Thill landed on the left post after Cristiano had extended his header.

In the closing stages, Athanasiadis parried twice against substitute Marco Asensio, who failed at first from seven and then from 17 meters at the Greek goalkeeper (87./89.).

For Real, this victory means safe progression in the Champions League, but on the last day of the game Los Blancos have to play first place against Inter Milan. Sheriff Tiraspol is also allowed to spend the winter in Europe, they are sure to have third place and will therefore continue to play in the Europa League.

The voices for the game

Carlo Ancelotti (Trainer Real Madrid): “We are still on the right track. I like the way the team play. They are in very good shape, also physically. It is important for us to consolidate first place and we will try to do that. We want the group stage finish as we started. “

Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid): “It’s very cold here, but a result like this still makes this experience very pleasant. We are now definitely qualified and we’ve achieved our first goal. We weren’t able to keep zero for a while, but we can do it meanwhile too. “

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid): “I’m really happy that I was able to score, but the result is more important for me and for us as a whole because we are now qualified. I am a team player. It is important that we all work as a team. We were in the second half It is more difficult to create opportunities, so I was all the happier that mine had already gone in. I wasn’t sure at first whether he was really there or not. “

Yuriy Vernydub (Trainer Sheriff Tiraspol): “Generally speaking, we played a good game against strong opponents like Real Madrid. It was just a shame that we didn’t score, we had a chance. Third place in this group is a fantastic result for us.”

Sébastien Thill (Sheriff Tiraspol): “It was difficult for us to get there today against Real Madrid. They controlled the ball and let it go very well. Unfortunately we didn’t manage to score a goal and get back to our fans with it. We’ll try now in the last game to be strong again and win the game. “

The tweet about the game

David Alaba scored his first Champions League goal for Real Madrid on Wednesday.

It caught the eye: a combative underdog

The home side were the clear underdog from the start, even if they could still win the first leg (2-1). Nevertheless, nobody had expected Sheriff to win against Real Madrid today and in the end the hosts lost significantly. Nevertheless, they made a good game for long stretches and, above all, presented themselves in a fighting manner. At the beginning of the two rounds they got off to a good start and at that point they had more possession than Los Blancos. Real scored all of their goals from outside the sixteenth, the 1-0 through David Alaba was an unlucky deflected free kick. Between the 60th and 70th minute, Tiraspol had a strong offensive phase and would have deserved one goal overall. Despite the deserved victory for the Champions League record winner from Spain, Sheriff again sold well and sometimes caused problems for Real.

The statistics: 3

In Tiraspol, David Alaba, Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema were three different players who scored three goals for Real. Before this game Benzema had scored the last three Champions League goals for Los Blancos.

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