UEFA Champions League: Flare endangers referee as Maribor, Spartak Moscow draw 1-1https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/football/uefa-champions-league-flare-endangers-referee-as-maribor-spartak-moscow-draw-1-1-4842933/

UEFA Champions League: Flare endangers referee as Maribor, Spartak Moscow draw 1-1

Alexander Samedov scored on a rebound in the 59th minute as Spartak returned to the Champions League after a five-year absence. Samedov had come on as a substitute in the 29th after the Russian club's captain Denis Glushakov asked to be taken off with an apparent injury.

Champions League, Spartak Moscow, Maribor, Deniz Aytekin
Spartak Moscow returned to the Champions League after a five-year absence. (Source: AP)

A Champions League referee narrowly escaped being hit by a flare on Wednesday as Spartak Moscow drew 1-1 with Maribor. The nautical-style flare was fired from a sector packed with Spartak fans after around 15 minutes, with the score at 0-0.

It flew over the pitch and landed in the center, near German referee Deniz Aytekin, who briefly stopped the Group E game. It resumed shortly after.

Alexander Samedov scored on a rebound in the 59th minute as Spartak returned to the Champions League after a five-year absence. Samedov had come on as a substitute in the 29th after the Russian club’s captain Denis Glushakov asked to be taken off with an apparent injury.

Maribor salvaged a draw in the 85th as Damjan Bohar curled a shot past Artyom Rebrov.

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