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55'
K. Benzema
F. Mendy
0 - 3
45' + 1'
T. Kroos
Rodrygo
0 - 2
30'
D. Alaba
Goal
0 - 1
28'
Fernando Costanza
Yellow Card
4'
F. Mendy
Yellow Card

Match Stats

Possession
30% 70%
7
4
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 5 8
Total Passes 302 737
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Real Madrid RMA Real Madrid 5 4 0 1 12 3 +9 12 W W W L W
2 Internazionale INT Internazionale 5 3 1 1 8 3 +5 10 W W W D L
3 Sheriff SHE Sheriff 5 2 0 3 6 10 -4 6 L L L W W
4 Shakhtar Donetsk SHD Shakhtar Donetsk 5 0 1 4 1 11 -10 1 L L L D L

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8th Finals
UEFA Europa League

Commentary

Madrid sail into the knockout phase then and host Inter on Matchday 6 to decide who will top Group D. On this evidence Ancelotti's men will be a team to watch out for as always. That's all for now. Goodbye!
Madrid have confirmed their place in the last 16 of this season's Champions League with this victory, along with Inter's after the Italians beat Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 in Milan. That means Sheriff will finish third in Group D and drop down to the Europa League. Sheriff matched Madrid's nine shots in the second 45 minutes here. They won't be out of place at all at a slightly lower level.
Madrid move top of Group D with a comfortable victory over Sheriff. The Spanish side did the job in the first half thanks to precise strikes from Alaba and Kroos. Benzema added gloss to the win in the second half. Sheriff were second-best throughout but at least made Madrid work for the three points after half-time.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: SHERIFF 0-3 REAL MADRID
90' + 2' Madrid have time to create one more decent chance of their own. Vazquez crosses in from the right and Benzema has his header blocked. That's it!
90' + 1' Yansane inspires one last save from Courtois, letting rip from range. Sheriff have given Madrid as good as they've got in this second half.
90' There'll be three minutes added onto the end of this game. Nikolov is overeager and unfairly impedes Blanco.
89' Asensio aims for the top left corner from some way out. Athanasiadis tips the shot out for a Madrid corner. Again the visitors take it short. Vinicius swings it towards the far post and Militao heads back across goal and wide.
88' Madrd are close to making it 4-0! Marcelo's cross from the left is flicked on by Benzema. Asensio gets on the end of it and nods straight at Athanasiadis. He hasn't really been at fault for any of the goals Sheriff have conceded here.
86' Sheriff have little to play for at this point but they haven't given up just yet. Madrid clear the hosts' latest cross from the left.
Antonio Blanco
Casemiro
84' Casemiro also goes off. Blanco will get to enjoy the last few minutes of this match.
Asensio
Rodrygo
84' Rodrygo's game is over after a decent outing for Madrid. Asensio is his replacement.
84' Sheriff have the opportunity to test Madrid from another set-piece as Militao commits handball. Madrid head the free-kick out and Nikolov fires off-target from outside the box.
82' Thill takes Sheriff's free-kick from a central position, inspiring a decent diving save from Courtois. A Sheriff goal would give the home fans something to cheer at least.
M. Cojocaru
A. Traoré
81' Traore heads down the tunnel, assisted by two physios. The Moldovan midfielder Cojocaru comes on for Sheriff.
80' Casemiro catches the leg of Arboleda as the Sheriff defender goes on a forward rampage. Moldova have a free-kick. Before it will be taken, Traore is being taken off as a precaution.
78' Nacho slides in near the touchline to stop Traore's latest run. Traore looks woozy and lies down on his back on the turf. It looks like a brief fainting spell. After a whiff of some smelling salts the Malian is back on his feet.
76' Yansane gives away a free-kick for Madrid down their right. Sheriff are able to defend it without any incident.
74' Madrid get a corner down their right off Dulanto. It leads to nothing for them, but a counter-attack for Sheriff. Unfortunately for the hosts they can't find the final pass and Madrid get back in time to tid up.
72' Marcelo has a crack at goal from distance and it's blocked by a Sheriff defender. The Moldovans also get in the way of Rodrygo's effort a few seconds later.
70' Sheriff probably needed to score one of the chances they've just had if they wanted to change the momentum of the game. Madrid can breathe a sigh of relief.
68' Sheriff get a flurry of chances! Traore swivels and lets rip with a left-footed shot from the centre of the box. Courtois dives to his left to stop it from finding the bottom right corner. Sheriff keep the pressure on and Cristiano rises high to head against the post from a Thill cross. Courtois catches Julien's follow-up from outside the box.
66' Play resumes and Madrid win a corner off Thill. Sheriff survive it. A consolation goal or two feels like the best they can hope for at this point.
Lucas Vázquez
Carvajal
65' Carvajal heads off in the latest of Madrid's like-for-like changes. Vazquez replaces him.
Nacho
D. Alaba
65' Nacho takes Alaba's place at centre-back for Madrid. It's a shame for the Austrian who scored Madrid's opening goal.
63' Thill's corner delivery is good and Dulanto's header from very close range is a touch too high to trouble Courtois. Madrid are about to make more substitutions. It looks like Alaba is in trouble as he has stayed down in the box.
62' Marcelo's first major act on the pitch is to give away a foul for handball. Nikolov is brought down by Alaba down Sheriff's right seconds later. Thill sends the free-kick into the centre and Casemiro heads it out for a corner.
Marcelo
F. Mendy
60' Madrid make their first change of the game. Marcelo replaces Mendy at left-back.
60' Sheriff are still trying their best. Traore's shot from outside the box is close to finding the target but goes just wide to the right.
B. Nikolov
D. Kolovos
60' Kolovos is last to head off for now after an ineffectual hour. Nikolov is Sheriff's third introduction to the game.
M. Yansane
F. Castañeda
60' Castaneda is next to make way. Sheriff's Guinean centre-forward Yansane comes on.
K. Julien
Bruno Souza
59' Sheriff decide that changes are needed. Bruno goes off first. Their Trinidian left-sided player Julien comes on.
58' Meanwhile, Madrid are looking for more goals. Benzema holds the ball up well and lays it out wide to Rodrygo. Athanasiadis races out of his goal to save the Brazilian's low shot from a difficult angle. It rebounds off the Madrid man for a goal-kick.
57' Benzema has scored in each of his last four Champions League appearances for Madrid now, the first time he's done so since 2016-17 when they won the competition. The Frenchman is in great form.
F. Mendy
Assist
55' Mendy had too much time on the ball there and he has made Sheriff pay. It's clear that there'll be no upset on this occasion.
K. Benzema
Goal
55' GOAL! SHERIFF 0-3 REAL MADRID! Madrid are cruising to victory. Benzema receives a pass from Mendy and slots into the bottom left corner from the edge of the box.
54' The offside flag goes up against Castaneda as Thill attempts to free him. Up the other end, Casemiro blazes over from range.
52' Costanza is fouled by Mendy in his own half. Traore is penalised for an innocuous handball.
50' Sheriff work the ball back into the centre from the left. Costanza slashes wide of the left-hand post from outside the box.
48' Madrid resume their dominance but Sheriff are showing small signs of improvement. Bruno flings a high cross across the box that's kept in play on the other side.
46' The second half gets underway. Neither side has made changes at half-time.
Prior to this match, Sheriff had faced more shots than any other team in the Champions League this season. It's easy to see why. The Moldovans have been unable to keep Madrid quiet, and Athanasiadis hasn't been able to pull off the heroics he did in September. If Sheriff retrieve anything from this game now it'll be even more of a surprise than that game.
Madrid are showing no signs of getting caught cold by Sheriff this time. The Spaniards have controlled the game extremely well so far, limiting Sheriff to potshots. Alaba and Kroos' goals both came from distance. Unlike the last time these sides met, Ancelotti's men are making their quality show.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: SHERIFF 0-2 REAL MADRID
Rodrygo
Assist
45' + 1' Rodrygo claims the assist but take nothing away from Kroos' strike. That was as pure as they come. Sheriff restart play but the half-time whistle blows shortly after.
T. Kroos
Goal
45' + 1' GOAL! SHERIFF 0-2 REAL MADRID! Kroos doubles Madrid's lead with a fantastic strike! The German receives Rodrygo's pass and smashes the ball towards goal from outside the box. It rebounds off the crossbar and straight down into the net. It just crosses the line.
45' Benzema shoots from outside the box and Sheriff manage to get in the way of it. There'll be one minute of added time in this half.
44' Cristiano brings down Kroos in Sheriff's half. If Sheriff can make it to half-time just the one goal down they'll be content.
42' Mendy fires in a cross for Madrid from the left. Carvajal meets it on the opposite side of the box and isn't too far from finding the top right corner.
40' Addo wins a free-kick in his own half as Carvajal catches him. Sheriff are having to do a lot of defending.
38' Thill, scorer of Sheriff's late stunner in Madrid, fires way over from range. The Luxembourgish midfielder ruffles his head in frustration.
36' Madrid are looking comfortable at the moment. Kroos receives a pass inside from Vinicius and rolls a speculative throughball wide.
34' Thill has a pop at goal from outside the box. It's a comfortable save for Courtois. Sheriff continue to push and end up giving away a free-kick for their sins.
32' Madrid will grow in confidence now they've found an opening goal. Sheriff haven't offered too much going forward, but then that was the case in the reverse meeting in Spain.
D. Alaba
Goal
30' GOAL! SHERIFF 0-1 REAL MADRID! Alaba steps up and swishes his left foot to send the free-kick flying past Athanasiadis into the centre of the net. It comes at the Sheriff keeper too quickly for him to get a hand to it.
30' Sheriff have a player lying down behind their defensive wall, as is the fashion these days. It doesn't matter because...
Fernando Costanza
Yellow Card
28' Costanza's shown a yellow card for that tackle on Casemiro. Madrid will get the chance to test Athanasiadis from this free-kick.
27' Madrid attempt to force the issue. Costanza catches Casemiro on the edge of Sheriff's box just after his opponents pops a pass out wide. This will be a card.
25' Sheriff's Colombian winger Castaneda carries his team upfield before Casemiro unfairly brings his run to a halt.
23' Madrid keep the pressure on following the corner. Rodrygo hangs up a cross from the byline for Benzema who powers a header over the crossbar.
21' Madrid keep on circulating the ball. Rodrygo skips past a few challenges in the box before Sheriff's captain Dulanto intervenes and gives away a corner.
19' Madrid are trying to work the ball forward but Sheriff are preventing them from getting much further beyond the halfway line. The Moldovans are no pushovers, as Madrid already know.
17' Boos ring around the stadium as Madrid construct their next attack. It's a good one too, as Carvajal centres the ball and Rodrygo spoons an effort straight into the arms of Athanasiadis.
15' Madrid go upfield and win a corner of their own down their left. Sheriff clear it without much fuss.
13' Sheriff take the corner short and Madrid win the first header. The hosts play the ball all the way back to Athanasiadis who sends it straight back upfield. Militao blocks Kolovos' shot and they get another corner out of it which Madrid see out. This is a good spell for Sheriff.
11' Traore looks to beat Alaba near the byline and is scythed down by the Austrian. Thill whips in the resulting free-kick with his left foot and Sheriff manage to force the first corner of the game as Arboleda's header is put out of play by Mendy.
9' Kroos lets fly with a bouncing shot from range that Athanasiadis is unable to hold. It drops for Benzema who taps into the open net. The offside flag immediately goes up though.
7' Rodrygo scampers down the right for Madrid after being set free. His low cross towards the far post is intercepted. The Brazilian gets on the end of the rebound and smashes it into a defender before Sheriff manage to clear. 
5' Madrid go on their first real foray into Sheriff's half, knocking the ball around near the corner flag. The chance to cross doesn't present itself though, and the Transnistrians eventually win back possession.
F. Mendy
Yellow Card
4' Yellow Card Ferland Mendy
3' Both teams are easing themselves into the game with neither finding a foothold yet. Bruno is impeded by Mendy down the right and Sheriff are awarded the free-kick.
1' And we're underway here at Bolshaya Sportivnaya Arena!
The two teams are out on the pitch in Tiraspol. This match will be overseen by the Polish referee Szymon Marciniak.
This will be the first time that a Moldovan side has hosted a Spanish opponent in a major European competition since September 2002 when Zimbru Chisinau were beaten 2-0 by Real Betis in the UEFA Cup. A Madrid victory is similarly likely here, although we said that last time... 
Sheriff name the same team that won 3-1 away to Floresti in the Moldovan league last weekend. There are two changes to Madrid from their 4-1 victory away to Granada in LaLiga on Sunday. Militao and Rodrygo replace Nacho and Asensio, who both scored in that game.
SUBS: Lucas Vazquez, Isco, Mariano, Nacho, Marcelo, Jesus Vallejo, Luka Jovic, Marco Asensio, Antonio Blanco, Luis Lopez, Eduardo Camavinga, Andriy Lunin.
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Daniel Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Rodrygo, Kazim Benzema (c), Vinicius Junior.
SUBS: Boban Nikolov, Stjepan Radeljic, Alexandr Belousov, Serghei Pascenco, Dumitru Celeadnic, Keston Julien, Serafim Cojocaru, Momo Yansane, Jasurbek Yakhshiboev, Maxim Cojocaru.
SHERIFF (4-2-3-1): Georgios Athanasiadis; Fernando Costanza, Danilo Arboleda, Gustavo Dulanto (c), Cristiano; Edmond Addo, Sebastien Thill; Dimitris Kolovos, Frank Andersson Castaneda Velez; Bruno; Adama Traore.
Inversely, Madrid have recovered from that defeat to enjoy two consecutive wins and would overtake group leaders Inter with a win here. Carlo Ancelotti's men will fancy their chances of getting revenge on their upstart hosts and confirming their progress to the round of 16.
When Sheriff last met Madrid on Matchday 2 they snatched a shock 2-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Two consecutive 3-1 defeats to Inter have since brought the Moldovan champions back down to earth, but their European campaign still looks set to continue either in the Europa League or in the Champions League knockout phase.
Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of this UEFA Champions League Group D match between Sheriff and Real Madrid at Bolshaya Sportivnaya Arena.