Liverpool’s stuttering start in Group E continued after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Spartak Moscow at the Otkrytiye Arena on Tuesday.
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- Fernando free-kick puts hosts ahead
- Coutinho restores parity soon after
- Sturridge misses two late chances
- Selikhov denies Salah at the death
Jurgen Klopp’s side had to come from behind to earn their second point in the UEFA Champions League group stages, with Fernando opening the scoring midway through the first half.
The Russian’s were quickly pegged back, however, when Philippe Coutinho equalised for the Reds to get them back into the contest, but there were no further goals as the two teams settled for a share of the spoils.
Klopp named an attacking line-up in his search for a first win in the group, and the Merseyside giants went close on 11 minutes when Trent Alexander-Arnold played a one-two with Mohamed Salah before volleying just wide of the left post.
They threatened again six minutes later as Roberto Firmino met Sadio Mane’s cross, but Artem Rebrov pulled off a good save to keep out the Brazilian’s header.
However, the hosts went in front with their first chance of the game on 23 minutes when Fernando curled his 20-yard free-kick into the top-right corner of the net to send the home crowd wild.
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Their last lasted just eight minutes, though, as Coutinho swapped passes with Mane before firing home from inside the area.
The Reds began to take control of proceedings, but failed to trouble Rebrov for the remainder of the first half. The keeper was soon called into action after the restart, however, when Coutinho tested him from a free-kick in the 53rd minute.
Spartak managed to keep them at bay, though, with a solid defensive display which limited the visitors’ chances.
Alexander-Arnold had another sniff at goal 12 minutes from time following a storming run, although the youngster failed to keep his shot down as it sailed over the crossbar.
Substitute Daniel Sturridge then squandered two late chances as he missed the target from close range on both occasions, before Alexander Selikhov – who replaced the injured Rebrov – produced a superb one-handed save to deny Salah deep into stoppage time.