Sevilla’s midfielder from Spain Pablo Sarabia (C) and Spartak Moscow’s midfielder from Brazil Fernando (R) vie for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group E football match between FC Spartak Moscow and Sevilla FC at the Otkrytie Arena stadium in Moscow on October 17, 2017. Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP
Russian champions Spartak Moscow chalked up their first win of the Champions League campaign in style on Tuesday with a 5-1 drubbing of Sevilla at Moscow’s Otkrytie Arena.
Quincy Promes netted a brace, while Lorenzo Melgarejo, Denis Glushakov and Luiz Adriano added one apiece to set Spartak on course for a well-deserved win.
Full back Simon Kjaer meanwhile was on target for Sevilla.The win put Spartak level on points in Group E with Liverpool, who thrashed Maribor 7-0.
Spartak, spurred on by a capacity 44,000 home crowd, took an 18th minute lead when Dutchman Promes headed the ball into the net from 10 yards off a right-wing cross by Andrei Eschenko following a rapid couter-attack.
Sevilla replied positively and their Danish back Kjaer pulled them level just before the half-hour mark sending home a rebound after a well-served corner by Ever Banega.
As the interval approached Spartak ‘keeper Alexander Selikhov performed a remarkable save as he parried a shot which Sevilla’s Danish midfielder Michael Krohn-Dehli curled into the top right-handed corner.
After the restart Sevilla created a host of chances forcing Selikhov to produce a series of impressive saves to deny dangerous attempts by Wissam Ben Yedder and Krohn-Dehli.
Spartak soon regained the initiative when their Paraguayan first-half substitute midfielder Melgarejo restored the Muscovites’ lead in the 58th minute beating Sevilla keeper Sergio Rico with a low shot from the edge of the area.
Skipper Glushakov and Brazilian Adriano then added a goal apiece before Promes rounded off the scoring in the last minute of regulation time.
The two teams will meet again in Sevilla in a fortnight.