Sheriff Tiraspol 0-3 Real Madrid: Visitors reach knockout stages

David Alaba
Real Madrid have reached the knockout stage with a game to spare

Real Madrid reached the Champions League knockout stages for the 25th successive year with a comfortable win against Sheriff Tiraspol in Moldova.

David Alaba opened the scoring with a free-kick that deflected beyond goalkeeper Giorgos Athanasiadis.

Toni Kroos added a second before the break, firing in off the crossbar, while Karim Benzema then made it three.

It means Real Madrid are through with a game to spare, as are Inter Milan, who beat Shakhtar Donetsk earlier.

Edin Dzeko scored twice after the break in a 2-0 win for the Italians, who visit Real Madrid in the final group game – with only which team qualifies as winners still to be determined.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who lost the reverse fixture against Sheriff, top the group on 12 points, two above Inter.


Sheriff Tiraspol

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 30Athanasiadis
  • 13Peixoto CostanzaBooked at 28mins
  • 2Arboleda Hurtado
  • 55Dulanto
  • 15da Silva Leite
  • 21Addo
  • 31Thill
  • 77Souza da SilvaSubstituted forJulienat 59′minutes
  • 22KolovosSubstituted forNikolovat 60′minutes
  • 10Castañeda VelezSubstituted forYansaneat 60′minutes
  • 9TraoréSubstituted forCojocaruat 81′minutes


  • 1Celeadnic
  • 6Radeljic
  • 8Belousov
  • 16Julien
  • 17Yakhshiboev
  • 19Cojocari
  • 20Nikolov
  • 33Pascenco
  • 98Cojocaru
  • 99Yansane

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Courtois
  • 2CarvajalSubstituted forVázquezat 64′minutes
  • 3Militão
  • 4AlabaSubstituted forNachoat 64′minutes
  • 23MendyBooked at 3minsSubstituted forMarceloat 60′minutes
  • 10Modric
  • 14CasemiroSubstituted forBlancoat 84′minutes
  • 8Kroos
  • 21RodrygoSubstituted forAsensioat 84′minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 20Vinícius Júnior


  • 5Vallejo
  • 6Nacho
  • 11Asensio
  • 12Marcelo
  • 13Lunin
  • 16Jovic
  • 17Vázquez
  • 22Isco
  • 24Mariano
  • 25Camavinga
  • 26López Andúgar
  • 27Blanco

Szymon Marciniak


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