Rangers missed a chance to fortify their position at Europa League Group G\.
An Roman Eremenko own goal has been accompanied by strikes from Glenn Middleton and Daniel Candeias since Rangers took the lead 3 days in a remarkable first half dozen.
Spartak replied through Lorenzo Melgarejo in the 22nd minute after which an own goal by Connor Goldson to track 3-2 in half-time.
Spartak Moscow: Maksimenko (5), Bocchetti (5), Melgarejo (6), Kutepov (5 ) ), Rasskazov (5 ) ), Fernando (6), Eremenko (5 ) ), Zobnin (5 ) ), Adriano (7), Popov (7), Hanni (6 ) )
Subs: Glushakov (5), Timofeev (5), Ze Luis (5)
Rangers: McGregor (7), Tavernier (5), Goldson (4 ) ), Katic (5), Flanagan (4), Arfield (5), Coulibaly (5), Ejaria (5), Candeias (7), Middleton (7), Morelos (5 ) )
Subs: Halliday (5), Grezda (5), McAuley (5)
Man of the match: Ivelin Popov
But two goals in 66 seconds from Luiz Adriano and SoFIAne Hanni from the second half put Spartak and they held on to receive their first win and also depart Rangers’ qualification hopes in the balance.
Defeat ends Rangers’ 11-match unbeaten run in Europe this year and means they slip down to third in Group G following a 0-0 draw between Villarreal and Rapid Vienna in another group game.
The tone for a frenzied first half Moscow was set after five minutes as Eremenko stooped and led a corner from 12 yards out.
Rangers immediately reach back to regain the lead, although spartak responded in the 22nd minute when Melgarejo headed in at the back post.
Jon Flanagan chose Candeias using a pass out on the top and he fired in a low shot.
As both defences struggled more goals appeared probable, and it had been as Goldson deflected a cross in the 35th minute past Allan McGregor, Spartak who struck next\.
Rangers took the lead for the next time at the 41st minute after Salvatore Bocchetti poked a pass towards his own goal as a few more slack defending from Spartak \watched 18-year-old Middleton finish in the back post.
Alfredo Morelos watched a target wrongly ruled out for offside although rangers must have gone.
McGregor saved at the beginning of the second half but could do little to prevent Spartak out of equalising from the 58th minute.
Hanni was refused by the goalkeeper at the near post but the rebound looped up for Adriano to head home.
Spartak took the lead just over a second later distance as Hanni’s shot distracted off Goldson and beat McGregor.
The hosts hit the post through Bocchetti, who saw his followup shot superbly saved by McGregor, also Rangers’ opportunity to degree came in injury-time as Nikola Katic headed against the post.
- Spartak Moscow vs Rangers became the highest scoring single game in the Europa League thus far this season (7 targets ).
- Together with Spartak’s Roman Eremenko and Rangers’ Connor Goldson scoring personal objectives, this was the very first Europa League game to see either side score a personal goal since October 2011 (FK Austria Wien vs AZ).
- Glenn Middleton (18y 312d) became the youngest player to score at a Significant European competition for Rangers since Alexander O’Hara at October 1973 in the Cup Winners’ Cup (16y 347d).
- Daniel Candeias has either scored (1) or assisted (2) a target in 3 of Rangers’ four Europa League group stage games this season – the other finished 0-0.
Man of the game – Ivelin Popov
Were he not on the \side McGregor might have obtained the man-of-the-match honours as he made several excellent saves to stop scoring even more goals\. However, Ivelin Popov \was unfortunate to not win a penalty in the second half when Nikola Katic stood his foot and appeared a threat throughout for Spartak.
What is next?
Rangers host Motherwell on Sunday\. Following the break that is Global they are also at home against Livingston on November 24, Saturday and Villarreal in the Europa League on Thursday , November 29.