Cristiano Supplies Adama Traoré And Sané In Historic Win For Sheriff — Yes, You Read That Correctly

FC Sheriff Tiraspol made headlines for being the first club from Moldova (Transnistria) to make the Champions League group stage. I don’t think anyone realized how much of a gold mine this team is until the club’s historic 2-0 home victory against Shakhtar Donetsk.

Sheriff may be one of the most rag tag teams to play in the competition (trust me there have been some obscure clubs), but that didn’t stop the minnows from three points in the opener. The club didn’t even have a shirt sponsor on the kits this season.

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Zero of the players who started against Shakhtar were Moldovan. The starting XI featured a hodgepodge of players from Brazil, Greece, Colombia, Ghana, Uzbekistan, Luxembourg, Peru and Mali.

Sheriff’s star player was the Brazilian left back … Cristiano. What a name to have. He assisted Sheriff’s first-ever Champions League goal with a cross to … Adama Traoré. Is this a sequel to Jordan Peele’s “Us” or something? What’s going on with all the doppelgängers?

This Cristiano Sheriff guy wasn’t playing around and helped provide Sheriff’s second goal with a beautiful ball to Momo Yansané who we can call Sané for short. More doppelgängers!

Cristiano has been a Brazilian journey man. The 28-year-old had been loaned out to six different Brazilian clubs before making Moldova his new home in 2017. He looked sharp against Shakhtar and could be leaving Moldova if any bigger clubs think of snagging him.

Sheriff’s next Champions League game will have a higher degree of difficulty as the minnows will have to play Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabéu. Good luck with that, Sheriff, but for now celebrate this win.

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