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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spartak in Last Chance Saloon

Both Spartak Moscow and Inter Milan go into their Champions League Group B match Tuesday knowing they cannot afford to lose if they are to remain in contention to progress from the group.

Bayern Munich tops the table with 9 points followed by Sporting Lisbon with 4. Inter has 3 and Spartak 1.

Spartak knows this is its last realistic chance of keeping its Champions League hopes alive.

"The current Inter team is not what it used to be in the past few years," Spartak captain Yegor Titov said.

"There is no better time to play them, and if we can't beat them this time we probably never will."

Inter won four of its five previous matches with Spartak in European competition by the identical scoreline 2-1, drawing the other.

Spartak is also hoping to snap its 20-game winless streak in the Champions League. Sixteen of the 20 have been defeats.

The Muscovites were held to a 1-1 draw at Shinnik Yaroslavl in the Russian premier league Saturday, losing ground to bitter city rivals CSKA.

Spartak's chances of winning its first Russian title since 2001 are also now looking bleak. Though the nine-time champions remained in second place, they slipped 4 points off the pace with just four matches left in the season.

Fresh from its derby win over Associazione Calcio Milan on Saturday, Inter Milan's players will be full of confidence as they prepare for the trip to Moscow.

After producing some uneven performances at the start of the season, the Italian champion finally seems to be hitting its stride.

It dominated Milan on Saturday, building up a 4-1 lead before the sending off of defender Marco Materazzi forced it to hang on for a 4-3 victory that kept the Milanese outfit at the top of Serie A.

A 2-1 victory over Spartak at the San Siro stadium earlier this month gave Inter its first Champions League points this season.

Midfielder Dejan Stankovic, who capped a lively display in the Milan derby with a goal against AC Milan, believes the trip to the Russian capital will be a tough test of his side's European credentials.

"On Tuesday we've got to have the same determination and the same will to win as we showed against Milan," he was quoted as saying on Inter's web site.

"It will not be easy. It will be cold and we will be playing on a synthetic pitch, but I believe we're capable of winning."

Patrick Vieira will miss the match after spraining his ankle against Milan, but Javier Zanetti has recently been filling in the gaps in midfield with Douglas Maicon coming in at right-back.

Up front, Inter's first-choice strikers Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Hernan Crespo are fit and ready to start.