Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho celebrates after scoring againstSpartak Moscow in the 1-1 draw.
Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho celebrates after scoring againstSpartak Moscow in the 1-1 draw. Ivan Sekretarev

English clubs have decent night in Champions League

A SUBLIME Philippe Coutinho goal cancelled out Fernando's free-kick, as Liverpool returned from Spartak Moscow with a point in the UEFA Champions League.

Jurgen Klopp's side enjoyed a number of solid chances to claim all three points, with Roberto Firmino's first-half header, and Daniel Sturridge's late shot over the bar from point-blank range, the pick of the opportunities before Mohamed Salah had a header spectacularly saved deep into stoppage time.

Indeed, the Reds could have taken three points three times after the 90th minute, with Firmino scuffing a chance to tee up both Salah and Sturridge in the 95th minute before substitute goalkeeper Alexander Selikhov's brilliant stop to thwart Salah.

There were also shouts for a penalty when Salah was bundled over trying to latch onto a delightful Sadio Mane through ball.

They had been trailling 1-0 after a sensational Fernando free-kick against the run of play - although questions will be asked of Loris Karius in goal, and the construction of his wall.

Kevin De Bruyne and Harry Kane grabbed the headlines from the two other matches involving English Premier League clubs.

Manchester City sensation De Bruyne continued his rich form to start the season, breaking the deadlock early in the second-half at Etihad Stadium with a glorious strike against Shakhtar Donetsk; Raheem Sterling sealed the win late on.

The win came despite Sergio Aguero seeing a penalty saved, after a soft foul on Leroy Sane.

For Spurs, travelling to Cyprus to take on APOEL, Kane continued his tremendous scoring streak since the end of his notorious August drought.

In the striker's last nine away games for club and country, he has netted 19 times, and put the finishing touches on a game where Tottenham dominated with the ball.

Spurs' group is one of the toughest, and Real Madrid ensured they picked up a pivotal three points with a 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund in Germany.

Gareth Bale's sizzling first-time, first-half strike opened the scoring off a Dani Carvajal cross, before he turned supplier, teeing up Cristiano Ronaldo to make it 2-0.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made things interesting, pulling a goal back, but Ronaldo's bullet-like finish with 11 minutes to play sealed the contest in an intriguing clash.

News Corp Australia


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