Spartak score their 1st Champions League group win beating Benfica 2-1

Spartak Moscow 2 – Benfica 1 (Champions League, October 23, 2012) Spartak took just three minutes to punch through the Benfica backline courtesy of a simple finish from Rafael Carioca. Having been outplayed for the opening half hour, Benfica levelled in the 33rd minute when Lima headed home a right wing cross. Spartak deservedly retook the before the break when an incisive team attack saw a right wing cross converted by an own goal from Jardel.