Sheriff will host Real Madrid at the Stadional Sheriff in the penultimate matchday of the UEFA Champions League group stage. Both sides will turn their attention to the continent, where they each have a shot at finishing top of Group D. Sheriff Tiraspol produced one of the all-time shocks in UEFA Champions League history when they registered a 2-1 away win over the Spanish giants at the Santiago Bernabeu. Sheriff have lost steam after their fantastic start to their maiden UEFA Champions League season saw them top the group after two matchdays.
The Moldovan champions currently sit in third place on six points while Real Madrid lead the way at the summit on nine points.
The hosts have won five of their last six games in all competitions while Real Madrid are on a seven-game unbeaten run in all competitions.
A win would guarantee Real Madrid qualification to the knockout stages for a record-extending 25th consecutive season. Sheriff know that anything other than a win might put paid to their hopes of qualifying. A more realistic target could be holding on to third place to be assured of a Europa League spot.