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Sheriff earn shock win over Shakhtar on Champions League debut

Sheriff Tiraspol, the first-ever club from Moldova in the group stage, stunned Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 in the other early game, from a classy Adama Traore volley in the 16th and a 61st-minute header from unmarked Momo Yansane.

Reuters SPORT
Published September 15,2021

Sheriff Tiraspol enjoyed a dream Champions League debut as Moldova's first group-stage representatives stunned Shakhtar Donetsk with a 2-0 victory at the Sheriff Stadion on Wednesday.

Ukraine's Shakhtar dominated possession but the hosts took their chances when they came, Adama Traore steering in a 16th-minute volley before Momo Yansane headed home midway through the second half.

Sheriff, from the unrecognised breakaway state of Transnistria, came through four rounds of qualifying to become the first Moldovan team to play in the group phase of Europe's elite club competition.

Their shock victory over a Shakhtar side competing in the group stage for a fifth successive season left Sheriff top of Group D ahead of Inter Milan's clash with Real Madrid.