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Legia Warsaw beats Spartak Moscow as Europa League begins

September 15, 2021 GMT
Legia's Lirim Kastrati, left, celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the Europa League Group C soccer match between Spartak Moscow and Legia Warsaw at the Otkritie Arena, in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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Legia's Lirim Kastrati, left, celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the Europa League Group C soccer match between Spartak Moscow and Legia Warsaw at the Otkritie Arena, in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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Legia's Lirim Kastrati, left, celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the Europa League Group C soccer match between Spartak Moscow and Legia Warsaw at the Otkritie Arena, in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

MOSCOW (AP) — Legia Warsaw scored in stoppage time to beat Spartak Moscow 1-0 in the opening game of this season’s Europa League group stage on Wednesday.

Spartak created far more chances than the Polish visitors but couldn’t solve Legia’s 41-year-old goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

Legia took full advantage to snatch three points with a 91st-minute goal from substitute Lirim Kastrati off a cross from Ernest Muci.

Leicester and Napoli round out Group C and play Thursday.

Legia and Spartak played a day ahead of the week’s other Europa League games to avoid a clash with Spartak’s cross-city rival Lokomotiv Moscow, which hosts Marseille on Thursday.

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