'Busted by the Sheriff': Real blasted

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"Busted by the Sheriff" - with this headline Spanish sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo reacted to the surprising 2-1 Real Madrid defeat at the hands of Moldovan champions Sheriff Tiraspol in the Champions League.

Real were apparently dogged by bad luck in their Santiago Bernabeu stadium, which had just reopened after a long renovation, the newspaper wrote.

Madrid lost their last Champions League match in the stadium before the coronavirus pandemic in February 2020 to Manchester City and now experienced humiliation at the hands of an underdog.

The sports newspaper AS saw the defeat as the end of coach Carlo Ancelotti's honeymoon at Madrid, where he only took over from Zinedine Zidane in July.

Madrid were "sleepy" up front and not dangerous. A match that they thought they had already won ended up in "embarrassment."

"Their sin was the excess of confidence," AS wrote.

The Sport newspaper wrote of a "painful" defeat for the Los Blancos, who were used to success.

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