Coutinho Rescues A Point For Wasteful Liverpool
UCL Report: Spartak Moscow v Liverpool 26 September 2017
UEFA Champions League
Result: Spartak Moscow 1-1 Liverpool
Date: 26 September 2017
Venue: Otkrytie Arena
Liverpool's search for a first win of the UEFA Champions League campaign continues, after they drew 1-1 with Spartak Moscow at the Otkrytie Arena.
The first real chance of the match fell to Trent Alexander-Arnold in the 11th minute who controlled a one-two flick with Mohammed Salah on his chest and fired a volley that missed wide.
Fernando opened the scoring for the hosts from a direct free-kick that swerved over the wall and into the back of the net from 25-yards out, 1-0.
Philippe Coutinho brought Jurgen Klopp's charges level in the 31st minute with a chip over goalkeeper Artem Rebrov following a quick one-two with Sadio Mane inside the box, 1-1.
Spartak were almost playing with six at the back when the visitors had the ball, with the Reds threatening to score the second goal but the first half ended one-apiece.
The Reds were dominating possession in the first ten minutes of the second half with Coutinho coming close to scoring on numerous occasions.
Massimo Carrera was forced to make a substitution in the 70th minute in the goals as goalkeeper Artem Rebrov was unable to continue due to injury and was replaced by Aleksandr Selikhov.
After 80 minutes Klopp's troops increased the tempo in their play attacking mainly through the wings.
Carrera's charges were holding on in the closing minutes of the encounter and did so until the final whistle to secure the share of spoils.