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UEFA Champions League: Sheriff Tiraspol beats Shakhtar

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Sheriff Tiraspol beat Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0
23:57, 15 September 2021

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In Tiraspol, Sheriff made their Champions League debut against Shakhtar Donetsk.

Sheriff took the lead in the 16th minute when full-back Cristiano crossed for Adama Traore to fire an acrobatic volley past goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov, who was slow to react. Cristiano crossed in the 62nd on another quick break for Momo Yansane to head in Sheriff's second goal.

Defeat was a disaster for Shakhtar, which beat Real Madrid home and away last season. Sheriff goalkeeper Giorgos Athanasiadis made a string of saves, including stopping a dangerous deflected effort by Marlos early in the second half.

Related: Football: Marlos says goodbye to Ukraine's national team

The playing surface in Tiraspol posed problems with Shakhtar players frequently slipping as chunks of turf broke away.

Earlier, Dynamo Kyiv played a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League fixture against Benfica. The guests controlled the ball most of the time, enjoying advantage thanks to their more experienced players. But the Kyivites played in an organized manner, so the opponents did not have many chances to open the score. The first serious attack was theirs, actually; Mykola Shaparenko landed a great shot after the free strike, but the goalkeeper took the ball from underneath the crossbar. Roman Yaremchuk, the Ukrainian forward of Benfica was quite active, too; however, this kind of activity cost him a yellow card. Benfica tried hard to breach Dynamo's defense but could not do much about it. Eventually, Kyivites almost won, with Shaparenko pushing the ball past the goalkeeper. However, the referee doubted that moment and watched the replay at VAR system. It appeared that Denys Garmash was in the offside, so the goal was canceled.

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