FC Spartak Moskva kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League knockout stage with a narrow victory against SL Benfica.
With Spartak hampered by injuries, coach Unai Emery was forced to send out a makeshift side for their third match in Group G. They got off to the perfect start nonetheless thanks to Rafael Carioca's third-minute strike, and while Lima equalised midway through the half, an own goal just before the break by Jardel gave the Russian team an all-important win which lifts them off the foot of the section.
We were really good on the ball. Not only did we score twice, we were really intense in attack and defence. We didn't allow Benfica to do that much.
Unai Emery, Spartak coach
We pushed hard for an equaliser but couldn't find it and we have to win our two remaining home games – I'm sure with our support we will go through.
Artur, Benfica goalkeeper
|32||Rebrov (GK)||1||Artur (GK)|
|14||Maxi Pereira (C)|
|23||D. Kombarov (C)||24||Garay|
|31||Dykan (GK)||13||Paulo Lopes (GK)|
|Unai Emery (ESP)||Jorge Jesus (POR)|
|Mark Clattenburg (ENG)|