MARIBOR, Slovenia — 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.
Liverpool drew 2-2 in the other game in Group E.