Spartak made it to the knockout stages of European competitions, but again missed a win in the end

Players “Maribor” Jean-Claude Billong (in the background) and “Spartacus” Luiz Adriano, ze Luis, Lorenzo Melgarejo (left to right foreground)

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MOSCOW, November 21. /TASS/. “Spartak” played a draw with Slovenian “Maribor” in the fifth round of the group stage of the Champions League and secured participation in the spring stage of Euro cups.

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The meeting, held at the “Opening Arena”, with 42 924 spectators, ended with the score 1:1, most part of the match was in the fight of teams in the middle of the field . Red-white had more possession (56% of the time, the 496 gear vs 326), often aggravated (11 shots on target against 7, against 0 4 corner), but really dangerous moments came rarely, both teams (2 shots on target vs 4). On 83 minutes to take an accurate shot managed to see Luis after a cross from Denis Glushakov and the transfer of Lorenzo Melgarejo, but the second offset to the main time of the meeting minute yasmin Mesanovic equalized. “Spartacus” is not the first time this season, missed the victory in the final minutes of the meeting.

“Sorry, “Spartak” very bad positional plays against the defense, you saw that the attack unfolded very slowly, and the players of “Spartak” did not have enough class to beat one to one, what is needed in modern football, could not hide his disappointment after the meeting, the President red – and-white Leonid Fedun. – Are there any questions for psychology? No, but at the end of the match he seemed to feel that the game is over. Answering the question about the prospects of the club to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League, Fedun was not too optimistic: “you Can tell the fans that we will play in the Europa League”.

The mood of the team after the meeting revealed the midfielder ivelin Popov: “Sometimes you don’t luck, we created many chances, it’s a shame that today didn’t win. We were motivated to win, so in the locker room there was silence”.

Head coach red-white Massimo Carrera was pleased with the team accomplished the work in the competition: “We achieved the minimum goal and qualified for the Europa League, we will play another game in the Champions League, and there can happen anywhere. We did everything we could in this tournament, the last match we will try to give even more. We were happy with the work conducted, the results speak for themselves, I’m happy.”

Surprises in the composition

In the absence of the suspended George Djikia place in the centre of defence “Spartaka” together with Serdar Taski took Ilya Kutepov, don’t come on the field with the match of the Cup of Russia against “Spartak-Nalchik” on October 25. The position of right fullback in the absence of the injured Andrei Yeshchenko was entrusted to Serbian Marko Petkovic. Midfielder Alexander Samedov were in the squad for the first time since October 17, when I got injured in the match of League of Champions against Spanish “Seville”.

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Was not in the starting lineup of Russians Glushakov and Roman Zobnina on the field were Croat Mario Pasalic and Bulgarian priests. Glushakov appeared on the field in the 53rd minute, replacing of Pasalic, and Popov replaced Melgarejo on 63 minutes. Zobnin came in the 73rd minute, as in the previous match with the “Krasnodar” taking the place of the right defender. As explained at a press conference Carrera, in the match with Krasnodar Glushakov was injured, so he didn’t want to risk releasing from the first minute.

The Italian coach was satisfied with the game, noting that the team had a good match, but she lacked experience at the end of the meeting. “In football, it happens, especially in the Champions League, if you don’t score, you can at any time to pay for it,” added the Italian.

Goalkeeper Artem Rebrov said that it was “incredibly disappointing” to miss the victory, but noted that the task team on the last match with Liverpool does not change. “We need to win at Liverpool. Nothing pleasant, when you kind of win the game, the opposing team has virtually no chance, but they score. All upset and depressed, but we need to look forward, soon the game with Zenit.

Liverpool need to win

In the second meeting of group E “Seville” in his field played a draw with the English “Liverpool” with the score 3:3. The team of jürgen Klopp scored three goals in the first half, when scored twice Roberto Firmino, another goal was scored by Sadio mane. On 51 minutes the French striker Sevilla FC’s Wissam Ben Yedder has score one goal and nine minutes later reduced the gap to the minimum, scoring from the 11-meter mark. The third offset to the second half minute, the Argentinian Guido Pizarro equalized and brought to Sevilla one point.

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After the game the German coach of “Liverpool” Jurgen Klopp said his team played a brilliant first half but stopped playing in the second half. “3:0 – perfect score at the break, but we had to stay in the game to close, but we didn’t play football this is our main mistake,” said Klopp.

Klopp also said he did not doubt the mental strength of his players before the decisive match with Spartak. “I do not doubt the mindset and psychological attitude of the players, I have not the slightest doubt. We showed character in many other games, we certainly could have played better [in the match against Sevilla], but I do not think that this is a problem of psychological character,” the coach said.

Before the final round of the group round in two trips to the playoffs claimed three teams – Liverpool (9 points), Sevilla (8), and “Spartacus” (6), Maribor (2) in any case remain in last place, which guarantees “Spartak” participation in the playoffs of the Europa League. The final game in group E will be held on 6 December. Spartak will play away against Liverpool and Maribor will take Seville. “Spartak” needed only a victory in Liverpool, to continue the fight in the Champions League.

If Sevilla will play against Maribor in a draw, and “Spartak” will win Liverpool, then three teams will be level on points (9), in this case all will be solved by additional indices – the number of points in matches between the three teams, then the difference of scored and conceded goals in these games, the total number of balls, number of goals scored away from home in these matches. In case of a victory “Spartaka” over Liverpool and a draw the outcome of the match “Seville” – “Maribor” red-white takes first place in the group, beating opponents in total points in head-to-heads (7 – “Spartak”, 5 – “Seville”, 3 – “Liverpool”).

“Spartacus” will be the second in the group if they beat Liverpool and Sevilla will yield in the game with Maribor. If “Spartak” will lose points in the next round, the team will remain third in group E and will play in the playoffs of the Europa League. Before the final match of the group round with Liverpool red and white will have two meetings of the championship of Russia with “Zenith” the house on 27 November and the Tula Arsenal away 1 Dec.

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