Rangers lose seven-goal Europa League thriller against Spartak Moscow

Ruben Hill
November 9, 2018

Dismayed by the loss of two second half Spartak goals in a calamitous 60 second spell, however, Gerrard rounded on his backline as his team slipped to third in their Europa League group.

Steven Gerrard's Rangers missed a chance to pick up a famous result away to Spartak Moscow on Thursday night, eventually losing 4-3 in UEFA Europa League action. You saw two sides of our performance tonight.

Daniel Candeias scored a superb goal to restore Rangers' advantage but Connor Goldson knocked a Nikolai Rasskazov cross into his own net to level again.

One positive from the evening was the impact of teenager Glenn Middleton, who confidently scored in the first half to put his side 3-2 up on the night.

And they conceded twice in a minute just before the hour mark, when Luiz Adriano headed home on the rebound and Goldson deflected Sofiane Hanni's strike past Allan McGregor.

Eremenko nearly added a fifth but headed against the crossbar before referee Ivan Bebek booked a second Spartak player for diving, with James Tavernier hitting the post deep in added time as Rangers were unable to mount a late fightback of their own.

"Football is about levels and if you don't do the basics well enough and defend properly then high level teams will normally punish you and that was the case tonight". Players who have had a lot of praise, who have done very, very well to get us to this opportunity, just didn't do the basics well.

"Normally you come away to a place like this and get three goals, you expect to at least get a result". I'm bitterly disappointed with how we defended tonight'.

However, Gerrard refused to spare his ropey rearguard and knows more lamentable defending in their next two group games will cost them any shot at the last 32.

Gerrard said: "If the problem was tactically I would have looked to have changed personnel or formation but the goals we conceded were not due to tactics, but basic errors of defending". We had a bad five minutes and paid the price.

Katic was unhappy with what he described as "four stupid goals" and called on his teammates to rally for the visit of Motherwell to Ibrox on Sunday.

Gerrard was alluding to a disallowed goal by Alfredo Morelos just before half-time with Rangers 3-2 ahead, and replays suggested the striker was onside.

"It (the Morelos offside) was a big decision now and it's hard as a manager to answer and not say the wrong thing and get into big trouble". We should have had four goals, but that is another story.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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