Spartak swamp Sevilla 5-1

October 18, 2017
Spartak's Andrei Eschenko, gets in a tackle to take the ball from Sevilla's Pablo Sarabia during their Champions League Group E match against Sevilla at the Otkrytiye Arena in Moscow, Russia, yesterday.

MOSCOW, Russia (AP):

Spartak Moscow sliced apart Sevilla with rapid counterattacks to beat the Spanish team 5-1 in the Champions League yesterday.

The Russian team is level with Liverpool on five points at the top of Group E. Sevilla dropped from first to third after a result their coach Eduardo Berizzo called "very tough". Liverpool are top on goal difference.

Quincy Promes headed the Russian champion's opening goal in the 18th minute, eventually finishing with two goals and two assists. Simon Kjaer leveled for Sevilla from a corner in the 30th.

Sevilla put Spartak under heavy pressure at the start of the second half, but were left vulnerable at the back.

Spartak hit back hard as first Lorenzo Melgarejo scored off Promes's pass in the 58th, then captain Denis Glushakov volleyed in Dmitry Kombarov's cross in the 67th.

Luiz Adriano rounded the keeper to bag Spartak's fourth goal, again off a pass from Promes, who added Spartak's fifth.

"I think Spartak played its ideal game today, leaving the minimum for the opposition," Spartak coach Massimo Carrera said. Sevilla had tested Spartak's defense to the limit "but that doesn't take anything away from the guys, who played brilliantly today".

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