Last night's game week two of the UEFA Champions League group stage matches were full of thrills and spills as anticipated. The Tuesday night champions league matches recorded several wins and shocking defeats for some top teams in the European competition. Many were shocked to see the giant La Liga side, Real Madrid lost to debutants of the competition.
The most successful club in the history of the UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid lost to a team that mark their first-ever season playing in the Champions League. Sheriff Tiraspol defeated the 13th time's Champions League winners 2-1 last night and this is arguably one of the most shocking defeats of last night's UEFA Champions League group stage matches. The team played with composure and high team spirit. They pulled a win at the Santiago Bernabeu in a remarkable and historical style.
A few weeks ago, Manchester United lost 2-1 to Young Boys in the matchday one of the Champions League. Manchester United lost to Young Boys which many considered as “Young” despite the presence of former world best star and legend, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Many were left in shock to see Young Boys defeated Manchester United in the opening game of the UEFA Champions League. Young Boys showed team spirit and the resilience quest to beat the giant EPL side, Manchester United.
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These two shocking defeats of top teams by these so-called small teams show football is unpredictable. The two events also imply that these teams mean business in the UEFA Champions League and might qualify for the next round if they keep the momentum. Sheriff Tiraspol currently tops Group D which includes Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, and Inter Millan with six points. Young Boys also top the Group F table ahead of the group game week two clash tonight.
These so-called small teams are causing problems for the big teams in their respective groups to climb the summit of the group. If these teams keep the momentum for the rest of the group matches, it would be an uphill battle for the rest of the teams. Topping the table means the rest of the teams will jostle for the remaining slot to qualify for the next round.
Whether these small teams qualify for the next round or not remains a puzzle. The bone of contention here is that these teams are causing problems in their respective groups and can pull a shock in the rest of the matches. We might see these teams qualify for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.
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