Sevilla suffered a shock defeat in Moscow on Tuesday night as Spartak Moscow ran out emphatic 5-1 winners to bring themselves right into contention in Group E.
Quincy Promes put the hosts ahead in the first half before Simon Kjaer levelled before half time. Second half goals from Lorenzo Melgarejo, Denis Glushakov, Luiz Adriano and a second from Promes saw Spartak pick up what was an excellent win for the Russian side.
After a slow start to the game it was the hosts who took the lead on 18 minutes after when they produced a sublime counter attack after a Sevilla corner. Alexander Semedov, Andrey Eshchenko and Promes combined to bring Spartak up the pitch and the move was finished off by Promes who headed home Eshchenko’s cross from close range.
Twelve minutes later Sevilla levelled the scores. Ever Banega put a corner into the danger area and Kjaer rose highest but his header was blocked. However, luckily for the Dane the ball fell perfectly to him and he was able to swing a left footed shot past the goalkeeper.
Sevilla could have took the lead just before half time when Michael Krohn-Dehli picked the ball up on the edge of the box before aiming for the top corner but Aleksandr Selikhov got across his goal to make an excellent save.
The visitors made an excellent start to the second half with Krohn-Dehli and Wissam Ben Yedder going close on a number of occasions but it was the hosts who got the breakthrough when Promes passed to Melgarejo who shot low and hard across Sergio Rico into the far corner.
On 67 minutes Spartak stretched their lead even further when Glushakov met Dmitri Kombarov’s cross on the volley and despite Rico getting his hand to it he was unable to keep it out of the net.
With Sevilla chasing the game now they were leaving big spaces at the back and they were picked off and punished on 74 minutes when Promes got free down the left and played a through ball to Luiz Adriano who rounded the goalkeeper to put Spartak 4-1 up.
As the game drew to a close there was still time for man of the match Promes to grab another goal. He picked the ball up on the left wing before beating two defenders and drilling low into the top corner to perfectly cap what was a superb evening for the Dutch winger.
The result sees Spartak go second in the group, joint with Liverpool on five points. The Anfield side had an excellent result on Tuesday when they won 7-0 away to Maribor. Sevilla aren’t out of it yet though and sit a point behind Liverpool and Spartak on four points but their confidence will have been dealt a huge blow and they now need to beat Spartak when the sides meet at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in two weeks time.