Sheriff Tiraspol’s Sebastien Thill reveals he’s seen his winning strike against Real Madrid ‘more than 100 TIMES’ – and says Moldovan minnows are looking for more Champions League upsets
- Sheriff took a shocking 2-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday
- Moldovan minnows have won both Champions League matches so far
- Midfielder said the goal is the ‘most beautiful and most important’ of his career
- Thill has a tattoo of him dreaming of playing in the Champions League on his calf
Sheriff Tiraspol midfielder Sebastien Thill has seen a repeat of his goal that brought the Moldovan minnows to the famous win over Real Madrid ‘more than 100 times’.
The Luxembourg international’s stunning strike on Tuesday night resulted in a shocking 2-1 victory for Sheriff at the Santiago Bernabeu, as the visitors caused one of the biggest disruptions in Champions League history.
Thill’s half volley joins a rich tapestry of equally brilliant goals in the league’s history and he admitted that memories of his attack over the past three days are never far away.
Sebastien Thill’s stunning strike resulted in a famous 2-1 victory for Sheriff Tiraspol in Madrid
The Luxembourg international said he has seen a replay of the goal ‘more than 100 times’
“Many of my friends have posted on the internet, so when I open my phone I see the target,” he told BBC World Service.
‘More than 100 times’ [now].
‘Luxembourg is a small country and maybe [fans there] they’ve heard my name now.’
Thill, who was hired from Sheriff from Luxembourg Progres Niederkorn in January, has a tattoo on his left calf on which he dreams of playing in the Champions League.
The dream came true this season as Sheriff became the first Moldovan club to reach the group stage of European football’s premier club competition, but scoring at the Bernabeu exceeded even his highest expectations.
Thill’s goal sparked cheering celebrations among Sheriff players and stunned the Bernabeu
Sheriff won both of their first two games in their first season in the Champions League
“This goal is great now,” he explained.
“It is the most beautiful and most important goal of my career.
“As a child, everyone dreams of playing against the biggest team in the Champions League. [At first] you don’t realize you scored the winning goal in the Bernabeu. You don’t start thinking about it until after the game.’
Thill has a tattoo of himself dreaming about the Champions League on his left calf
Thanks to Thill’s miracle strike, Sheriff has now won both of their first two matches in the Champions League and top group D, three points ahead of Real Madrid and five ahead of Inter Milan and Shakhtar Donetsk, whom they defeated two weeks ago.
A trip to San Siro on October 19 is next for the Moldovan champions, a match Thill said his team will treat as a visit to the Bernabeu.
“We are the smallest team in the Champions League, so we have nothing to lose. We can only win these matches, so of course we play without fear,” he continued.
“We are the smallest team in the Champions League, so we have nothing to lose. We can only win these matches, so of course we play without fear.’