Match Report: Spartak Moscow 4-3 Rangers

By Cameron Crawford 

Rangers squandered a wonderful opportunity to go two points clear at the top of Group G at the Otkritie Arena. After being ahead three times the Scottish side fell to a sloppy 4-3 defeat.

An early fifth minute own goal from Roman Eremenko was followed up by a Daniel Candeias strike, Glenn Middleton then scored a close range effort as the Gers went ahead three times in the first half.

Spartak replied through Lorenzo Melgarejo in the 22nd minute and a Connor Goldon own goal, but Steve Gerrard’s led 3-2 at the break. Despite Candeias looking lively throughout, his link up play with striker Alfredo Morelos was lacking, with the striker failing to find much joy against Russian outfit.

Two goals within 69 seconds from a Luiz Adriano, a header from close-range and a deflected long-range effort from Sofiane Hanni, put Rangers on the back foot.

And the Russians held on despite Gers defender Nikola Katic hitting the post in injury time.

This defeat ends Rangers 11 game unbeaten run in Europe and sends them down to third in Group G on 5 points with Rapid Vienna and Villarreal drawing in the other Group G game.

Rangers host Motherwell in the SPL on Sunday, their next Europa League is at home to Villareal on November 29.

Edited by Harry Trend

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