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SportSpartak Moscow 4-3 Rangers: Gers throw away lead three times as boss Steven Gerrard suffers first European defeat

01:05  09 november  2018
01:05  09 november  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Watch video highlights of Spartak Moscow 4 - 3 Rangers (Group G) (UEFA Europa League) played on 2018.11.08 (17:55) GMT. 4 - 3 . Rangers (Group G).

Rangers train in Russia ahead of Spartak Moscow clash with boss Steven Gerrard forced to cope without Ryan Kent and Kyle Lafferty. Rangers have suffered a double blow ahead of their Europa League encounter with Spartak Moscow after Ryan Kent joined striker Kyle Lafferty on the sidelines.

Spartak Moscow 4-3 Rangers: Gers throw away lead three times as boss Steven Gerrard suffers first European defeat © Reuters Steven Gerrard before the match

In days gone by Rangers managers would have approached this game like Napoleon's retreat from Moscow. Happy to flee the scene with the troops in one piece and no collateral damage.

In a game where two defences staggered through the pyrtechnics of the Stadion Spartak like drunken sailors with smoke in their eyes, Steven Gerrard took a different approach. In a ridiculously open and entertaining game of football the Ibrox boss went for broke.

Rangers led three times here, ending a chaotic first half of five goals, two own goals and some calamitously bad defending with the three points in their grasp. A 12th straight game without defeat in Europe was there for the taking and in hindsight it seems obvious. Everything does.

MATCH FACTS

Spartak Moscow: Maksimenko, Rasskazov, Kutepov, Bocchetti, Melgarejo, Roman Eremenko (Glushakov 60), Fernando, Zobnin, Popov (Timofeev 71), Luiz Adriano (Ze Luis 81), Hanni.

Subs Not Used: Rebrov, Dzhikija, Lomovitskiy, Eshchenko.

Booked: Popov, Rasskazov, Fernando, Bocchetti, Melgarejo.

Goals: Melgarejo 22, Goldson 35 og, Luiz Adriano 58, Hanni 59.

Rangers: McGregor, Tavernier, Katic, Goldson, Flanagan (Halliday 82), Coulibaly (Grezda 82), Ejaria (McAuley 90), Arfield, Candeias, Morelos, Middleton.

McGeady backing Rangers defeat and would love to play for Celtic again

McGeady backing Rangers defeat and would love to play for Celtic again Former Celtic star Aiden McGeady is backing his former club Spartak Moscow to beat Rangers tonight, and has also admitted that he would to re-join the Hoops, the Daily Record reports.. Currently playing in English League One with Sunderland, McGeady spent four years on the books at Spartak after joining the Russian side for £9.5m from Celtic back in 2010. Despite Spartak having lost their last four consecutive home league games, McGeady is fancying his old side to dismantle Rangers tonight. McGeady said: “Given the standard of player at Spartak, I don’t think they will have any problems against Rangers.” “If Spartak play the way I know they can, then they should have no problem achieving the right result.” “I know Spartak, I still follow them and keep in touch with some of the players.” “Steven Gerrard was a terrific player and now he decided to test himself as a manager.” “And he’s started this season well, by leading Rangers into the Group Stages of the Europa League.” “Steven has the making to become a top coach, but it will take time before you can judge his success.” McGeady went on to say that he would love to pull on a Celtic shirt once again, but that he may try coaching if he does not complete a return to the club. “I think the moment where I could have returned as Celtic player has passed.” “I would be happy to finish my career in a Celtic shirt, but I don’t think it will happen.” “I have not seriously thought about coaching career, but a couple of years ago I would have flatly rejected the idea of becoming a coach, but the older I get, the more I play and watch football, the more often I think about it.” “My attention is drawn now to certain coaching decisions and I think that perhaps in some situations I would have acted differently.

Gerrard will be relieved to have finally buried that lingering hoodoo – but the performance was hardly one to Steven Gerrard was a happy man at the end. Starting with a five-man defence which became six At the same time Gers looked off the pace, were sloppy in possession and more lethargic than

RANGERS manager Steven Gerrard has some tough selection decisions to make ahead of the Europa League clash with Spartak Moscow on A win in Moscow would put the Gers in a strong position to make it through to the next round, although they will have to do so without a number of injured players.

Subs Not Used: Foderingham, Jack, Ross McCrorie, Worrall.

Booked: Coulibaly, Morelos.

Goals: Roman Eremenko 5 og, Candeias 27, Middleton 41.

Ref: Ivan Bebek (Croatia).

Yet, in the cold light of day the England icon might ask himself if the second half called for a different approach. A throwback to the Walter Smith era when Rangers thought nothing of parking the bus on the 18-yard line and completing the Napoleonic retreat with a point to show for their efforts. At least.

The win was always more important to Spartak. Defeat here saw Rangers surrender first place in the group and drop to third. A place in the last 32 is still attainable, but the failure to leave here with something makes it an awful lot harder than it might have been.

Spartak Moscow 4-3 Rangers: Gers throw away lead three times as boss Steven Gerrard suffers first European defeat © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Steven Gerrard suffered his first European defeat as Rangers boss in his 12th game in charge

Make no mistake. Beaten in each of their last four home league games Spartak were there for the taking. Leading 3-2 at half-time this was a game Rangers could and should have won, the loss of two goals in 60 crazy seconds rendering the result a huge disappointment after taking the lead for the first time in just five minutes.

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Glasgow Rangers boss Steven Gerrard secured his first win away from Ibrox in the Scottish Premiership after the Gers defeated Hamilton Academical 4 - 1 on Sunday The Gers will now face Spartak Moscow at Ibrox on Thursday in the Europa League before a League Cup semi-final with

Rangers head for Russia: Boss Steven Gerrard leads the way as they jet off for Europa League clash with Spartak Rangers face Spartak Moscow in the Europa League group stage on Thursday. Steven Gerrard and his squad have been pictured flying out of Glasgow Airport. The Gers are top of

In for the injured Ryan Kent young Glenn Middleton's first corner kick was hacked into his own net by Spartak's Finnish midfielder Roman Eremenko - brother of former Kilmarnock playmaker Alexei.

The home support took the goal badly. In the opening ten minutes alone three flares were launched onto the pitch, bringing the certainty of a UEFA fine. Yet the pyrotechnics were quickly matched on the pitch, the opening 45 minutes a frankly incredible affair.

Spartak Moscow 4-3 Rangers: Gers throw away lead three times as boss Steven Gerrard suffers first European defeat © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Spartak secured memorable win when Sofiane Hanni's deflected shot flew into the net

Spartak equalised after 23 minutes. Winger Ivelin Popov proved a menace to recalled left back Jon Flanagan on the right flank, his twist and cross finding teammates queuing up to score. Lorenzo Melgarejo got there first, swooping in ahead of Roman Zobnin to head the ball into the net from close range for 1-1.

Parity didn't last long. Flanagan's pass over the top found Daniel Candeias unmarked and onside after 26 minutes. The Portuguese winger fired Rangers back into the lead with a low finish into the bottom right hand corner. From beginning to end it was a fine goal.

Steven Gerrard explains how his emotions have changed in management

Steven Gerrard explains how his emotions have changed in management Steven Gerrard admits he has to be a much more emotionless figure as a manager. The Liverpool legend took charge of Rangers earlier this year and has impressed in his opening months in the role. Regarded as one of the Reds’ greatest captains of all time, Gerrard was always a player who wore his heart on his sleeve. Speaking to the Daily Mail, the 38-year-old admits that side of his character has had to change in management: “I have to be aware I must control my emotions a lot more,” “It’s not about me now. It was about me when I played. Now the challenge is to get a group as right as I can, using my journey and experiences to help them.” “Looking back, I didn’t hide it well, did I? But that’s me. You could see the pure ecstasy when I was at the top end of the dream.” “But the low moments? I’m not one who could put on the poker face. I never have been.” “It smacks you right in the face, the size of the job, when you have 25 fellas staring at you, waiting for every word that is going to come out of your mouth. That was completely different to having a group of kids in front of me last year.” Gerrard has inspired Rangers to third in the Scottish Premiership, just two points behind bitter rivals and leaders Celtic. His side have also thrived in the Europa League, often exceeding expectations and giving themselves a chance of reaching the knockout stages. The ferocious, emotional figure that used to lead Liverpool has been traded for a more measured, low-key individual.

Smiling Stevie gets serious: Gerrard laughs his way through training before urging Rangers to 'ignite Steven Gerrard 's Rangers host Spartak Moscow at Ibrox on Thursday night Gerrard and assistant Gary McAllister were in good spirits ahead of the clash The Rangers boss and his players enjoyed a light-hearted training session ahead of the Europa

Avoid defeat to Spartak Moscow on Thursday and the Ibrox side will reach 11 successive Steven Gerrard has warned his Rangers side they are not club legends just yet. The Gers are on the cusp of Steven Gerrard insists his Rangers team have not yet earned the right to be feted alongside the

Better, certainly, than Spartak's second equaliser seven minutes later. Connor Goldson's own goal was a bizarre affair. Coming seconds after home captain Bocchetti so nearly turned another one into his own net at the other end, the catalyst - once again - was Popov, a sliderule pass in behind Flanagan giving over-lapping right-back Nikolai Rasskazov the chance to slot the ball across the face of goal.

The obvious foot for Goldson to use to clear it was his left. Using his right instead the £3million signing watched in horror as the ball spun up and careered into the corner of the net past McGregor for 2-2.

Incredibly, Rangers came again. Spartak's defending was laughably bad at times. In the days of Stalin's Russia they'd have lined up a firing squad and put the back four out of their misery at half-time.

At the age of 18 young Middleton had a moment to savour when he slotted the Ibrox team back into the lead in 42 minutes. Alfredo Morelos had the initial chance before a fortunate break teed up a sidefooted finish for the teenager. Only an iffy, dubious offside flag prevented Morelos making it 4-2 at the interval. That the Colombian top scorer was one of the few Rangers players without a goal to his name at half-time showed just how unusual the game was becoming.

Gerrard enjoying 'buzz' of management

Gerrard enjoying 'buzz' of management With his Rangers side going well in the Scottish Premiership, Steven Gerrard says he is enjoying the challenge of managing.

Steven Gerrard expressed his frustration after Rangers failed to mark a new club record with victory over Spartak Moscow on Thursday night. Ibrox side stretched their run of unbeaten games in Europa League to 11. Steven Gerrard could not mask disappointment at failing to secure three points.

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It needed a brilliant block from the right foot of Allan McGregor to prevent Sofiane Hanni putting Rangers back in front within a minute of the restart.

Embroiled in a chaotic 5-5 draw with Hibernian on the final day of last season, this was never a game likely to finish 3-2.

Spartak Moscow 4-3 Rangers: Gers throw away lead three times as boss Steven Gerrard suffers first European defeat © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Glenn Middleton celebrates scoring the third goal for Rangers in the 41st minute

The case was there for Rangers closing things down. It might have made no difference. Yet the loss of two goals in the 58th and 59th minutes were bitter pills to swallow.

The score went to 3-3 when Hanni's audacious back-flick of a low cross was superbly blocked by the outstretched right foot of McGregor once again. Whatever happened here the Rangers keeper can honestly say there was little he could have done to prevent the goals. As the ball spun up in the air Brazilian striker Luiz Adriano bulleted a header into the unguarded net for 3-3.

There was barely time to regroup, to settle things down, when Spartak claimed the lead for the first time in the game.

It was another horrible, if deeply unfortunate, moment for Goldson. The credit for a wickedly deflected 20 yard strike was given to Hanni. Yet television pictures showed the ball spinning off the Englishman's shin and changing direction in mid-air. Spartak supporters chose not to quibble.

Only the junction of post and crossbar prevented Spartak captain Bocchetti making it 5-3 with 16 minutes to play, a bullet header from Popov's free-kick careering off the woodwork, the defender denied a goal at the second attempt by McGregor's legs.

For all their occasional brilliance, the efforts of the Spartak players to win bogus penalties were a pitiful affair. Popov could have been booked twice for simulation, the Croatian referee settling for one yellow card. Opening goalscorer Melgarejo followed him in the closing stages.

Right at the death Rangers laid siege to the home goal and almost snatched their point. A penalty box scramble saw Nikola Katic denied by the post and Spartak hack the ball clear before substitute Andy Halliday smashed a 20-yard strike inches wide of the post. The disbelief of the home fans at full-time spoke for everyone.

This was one hell of a game.

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