Halfway through the Champions League group phase, not many would have expected Moldova’s Sheriff Tiraspol to be ahead of record 13-time champions Real Madrid or three-time winners Inter Milan.
The minnows may have come crashing back down to earth last time out with a 3-1 defeat at Inter.
The opening day home win over Shakhtar Donetsk and following seismic victory at Real Madrid have left the Moldovan debutants top of Group D, albeit on head-to-head record.
This month, home ties against Milan and Madrid will prove vital to Sheriff’s hopes of a surprise place in the knock-out stages, with the club wrapping up their campaign away to Shakhtar next month.
“We are realistic—we know the job is not finished,” Malawi international Charles Petro told BBC Sport Africa.
Even though he was omitted from the Champions League group stage squad despite playing in both legs of the triumphant play-off win over Serbia’s Red Star Belgrade, Petro is among those revelling in Sheriff’s success.
“It really has been like a fairytale,” explained the 20-year-old, who joined Sheriff last year. —BBC