Liverpool 7-0 Spartak Moscow

  • Liverpool cruise to a famous win over a sorry Spartak Moscow to ensure their place in the last 16 of the Champions League as group winners.
  • A hat-trick from Philippe Coutinho, a brace from Sadio Mane and goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah littered a splendid evening for Jurgen Klopp's side.
  • Spartak were second best and incredibly stretched at the back, but their European adventure will continue in the Europa League.
  • Liverpool: Karius, Gomez, Klavan, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
  • Spartak Moscow: Selikhov, Eschenko, Bocchetti, Tasci, Dzhikiya, Zobnin, Fernando, Glushakov, Promes, Ze Luis, Luis Adriano.
  • Elsewhere, the already qualified Manchester City lost their first game of the season against Shakhtar, while Tottenham Hotspur secured a comfortable victory over Apoel Nicosia.
Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho
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Full-time: Liverpool 7-0 Spartak Moscow

A splendid evening for the Reds as they surged into the last 16 of the Champions League in some style.

The 'fab four' of Coutinho, Firmino, Mane and Salah all got into the act to blitz the sorry Russians and perhaps sent a message to upcoming opponents Everton and the rest of the Premier League and Europe with a wondrous display of attacking showmanship.

Coutinho netted his first hat-trick for Liverpool, Mane scored the goal of the night, Firmino made the game safe with a smart finish for the third while Salah demonstrated his supreme confidence in front of goal with a composed strike to put the icing on the cake.

That's all for IB Times UK's coverage of proccedings at Anfield. Have a good evening.


Inevitable that Salah was going to get in on the act, wasn't it?

Milner's low cross is dummied by Sturridge and controlled well by Salah, who fakes to shoot before blasting past Selyukov. All four of Liverpool's star attackers have goals to their name this evening.


GOAL! Liverpool 7-0 Spartak Moscow (Salah)


Daniel Sturridge somehow fails to make it 7-0, his effort from Alexander-Arnold's delivery ballooning over from two yards.


Real Madrid are now 3-2 up against Borussia Dortmund courtesy of Lucas Vazques, who headed Theo Hernandez's cross past Burki.


Liverpool almost gifted a seventh, but Salah is adjudged offside. Major let-off for Spartak.


Mane starts the move, robbing Pasalic before offloading to Salah, who finds Sturridge. The substitute's pullback is slightly behind Mane, who just about manages to guide the ball home.


GOAL! Liverpool 6-0 Spartak Moscow (Mane)


Spartak's rare foray forward ends with a very decent effort from Promes, who bends the ball just past Karius' post.

The Dutchman has now been substituted, with Samedov taking his place.


The man with the goal of the night, cuddling the hat-trick hero.

Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho
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Final change for Liverpool this evening - Roberto Firmino, scorer of the third, receives a standing ovation as he makes way for Daniel Sturridge.


Liverpool have certainly taken their foot off the gas now. The game is already more than won, no need to overly exert themselves with the Merseyside derby looming.

Spartak - who have the Moscow derby coming up themselves - seem to be following suit.


Monaco have pulled goal back against Porto; Glik with it. 3-1 to the Liga NOS leaders.


Salah almost makes it six with a placed effort but it's well saved by Selyukov.


Milner's presence has provided Liverpool with added impetus down the left channel.

The utility man surges into a dangerous area once again, looking for Coutinho, but his cross is blocked.

Spartak make a change with Dzhikiya replaced by Pasalic, while Klopp withdraws Lovren for Alexander-Arnold.


GOAL! Liverpool 5-0 Spartak Moscow (Coutinho)

Milner involved again, this time finding Coutinho with a low pass. The Brazilian's effort takes a wicked deflection past Selyukov and finds its way into the back of the net. A hat-trick for Coutinho, delirium for the Reds.


Spartak look for an instant reply through Promes, who stings the palms of Karius with a well-struck effort.


Coutinho drives from deep and finds Milner on the wing. He crosses exquisitely for Mane, whose stunning volley almost tears the net in two. Phenomenal from Mane, who worked his body ever so well to connect with Milner's ball.

4-0. If the game wasn't over already...


GOAL! Liverpool 4-0 Spartak Moscow (Mane)


Salah gets the second half underway.


Not too shabby.


Liverpool's stand-in captain has certainly led by example this evening.

Salah, Can and Coutinho
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Half-time: Liverpool 3-0 Spartak Moscow

The Reds are in cruise control and could be further in front in truth. Coutinho's brace and Firmino's smart finish put paid to some shoddy Spartak defending, though Klopp will be wary of momentous second-half comeback...


Porto 3-0 up against Monaco now, Brahimi makes the game safe.