Real Madrid travel to Transnistria this evening to take on Sheriff Tiraspol in the Champions League. Madrid were top of Group D going into the game, two points ahead of second-placed Inter, three clear of Sheriff and eight clear of Shakhtar Donetsk.
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Madrid are performing well under Carlo Ancelotti this season, pairing their European success with domestic joy. They’re top of La Liga with 30 points from their opening 13 matches, a point clear of Real Sociedad and two clear of Sevilla. Sheriff are second in the Moldovan National Division, a point behind Petrocub, and actually beat Madrid 2-1 in the reverse fixture.
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Madrid went into the game expecting nothing less than victory, and they got off to a good start. David Alaba fired them into a 30th minute lead, finding a gap in the wall with a smart free-kick. Toni Kroos then doubled their advantage in the first minute of injury time at the end of the first-half, arriving late outside the box before finishing with customary cool. Karim Benzema made it three in the 55th, arrowing home from the edge of the area.