Slumping Spartak Moscow held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw in Russia during Tuesday's UEFA Champions League action.
Fernando gave the hosts a shock lead with a free-kick, but Philippe Coutinho tied things up before half-time. The Reds had their chances after the break but failed to make the most of them.
Here's a look at the two teams that started the match:
Liverpool FC @LFC
📋 The #LFC team to face Spartak Moscow. https://t.co/3mEQuJLPqf2017-9-26 17:27:04
FC Spartak Moscow @fcsm_official
Наш состав на матч #ЛигаЧемпионов #СпартакЛиверпуль! #UCL #SpartakLFC https://t.co/yYYbDV6uDz2017-9-26 17:45:07
Spartak came into the match in dreadful domestic form and found themselves on the back foot early, as Liverpool were the more aggressive side. It resulted in an early yellow card for Emre Can, as well as early chances for Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino, who drew an excellent save from Artem Rebrov.
The Reds were clearly the better team but went behind midway through the half, as Spartak converted their only shot on target of the half. Coutinho gave away a needless free-kick and Loris Karius reacted too late to Fernando's solid strike.
Eurosport UK couldn't help themselves:
Eurosport UK @Eurosport_UK
Spartak take the lead against Liverpool thanks to a delightful free-kick from Fernando 😅 https://t.co/LTyvlkmw4F2017-9-26 19:09:32
Sadio Mane thought he had tied things up soon after, but his diving header was rightly ruled out for offside. Rebrov again had to be alert to deny Mane, but there was nothing he could do about Coutinho's equaliser after 31 minutes, which came after great interplay between him and the Senegal international.
Sports writer Karl Matchett loved it:
Karl Matchett @karlmatchett
Firmino almost took advantage of a defensive miscue to give his side the lead, pushing the ball wide instead, and a late move between Mane and Mohamed Salah didn't result in a goal, as the half finished with a 1-1 score.
The first real chance of the second half was another free-kick, with Rebrov reacting quickly to deny Coutinho. Karius did well to save an effort from Andrei Eschenko, and Salah perhaps had a penalty shout when Rebrov stopped him from shooting by clipping his foot.
The goalkeeper needed treatment after the incident, and the rest of the players were forced to wait as a result. As shared by Liverpool FC news, the injury looked serious:
Liverpool FC News @LivEchoLFC
Rebrov is getting carted off in a golf buggy after a long, long delay. Selikhov comes on. Expect lots of injury time https://t.co/mcKNeHSCNO2017-9-26 20:09:45
Liverpool also made changes, introducing Daniel Sturridge for Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum for Can. The lengthy delay had taken all of the momentum out of the match, however, and chances became rare, with Alexander-Arnold firing over.
Firmino rushed an effort from a promising position, firing over, and Sturridge missed the ball completely from six yards out. The England international went close again moments later, firing high, and a header couldn't find its way past replacement goalkeeper Aleksandr Selikhov.