Soccer-Sheriff salvage draw at Shakhtar in last Champions League group game


Soccer Football - Champions League - Group D - Shakhtar Donetsk v Sheriff Tiraspol - NSC Olympiyskiy, Kyiv, Ukraine - December 7, 2021 Sheriff Tiraspol's Boban Nikolov celebrates scoring their first goal with Cristiano and Bruno Felipe REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

(Reuters) - Sheriff Tiraspol ended their Champions League campaign by avoiding a fourth successive defeat when Boban Nikolov's last-gasp strike earned them a 1-1 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk in Group D on Tuesday.

The Moldovan side started the group phase with two shock victories and although they could not continue that form in Europe's premier club competition, they have at least booked a spot in the Europa League last 32.

They looked to be heading towards another loss after Fernando's opening goal three minutes before halftime, only for Nikolov to salvage a point three minutes into stoppage time with a shot from close range.

Sheriff finished third in Group D with seven points, eight behind Real Madrid and three adrift of Inter Milan, with Shakhtar bottom on two points.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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