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Rangers Defeated In Seven Goal Europa League Thriller

Steven Gerrard’s Rangers have fallen to a 4-3 defeat away to Spartak Moscow in the Europa League on Thursday in an extraordinary game. 

Rangers were looking to reach the knockout stages of a European tournament for the first time since 2010/11.

Before tonight, they were 11 games unbeaten in Europe and six consecutive away European matches unbeaten.

They went into this game top of the group on five points, with their opponents Spartak Moscow, bottom of the group with just two points. Spartak needed the win, and Rangers could have settled for the draw to consolidate their position at the top, but Gerrard’s side did not hold back from the first whistle.

In a crazy game of football, Spartak midfielder Eremenko scored an early own goal to put Rangers 1-0 up.

Winger Melgarejo headed in an equaliser on the 22nd minute before Daniel Candeias restored Rangers’ lead.

Another own goal, this time from Connor Goldson, made it 2-2 before Glenn Middleton scored before half-time to make it 3-2.

Luiz Adriano and then Sofiane Hanni scored after the break to put Sparktak 4-3 up. There were 66 seconds between Rangers going from 3-2 up to 4-3 down and seven goals in sixty minutes of action.

Spartak went close to a fifth, with Salvatore Bocchetti hitting the bar, and goalkeeper Allan McGregor made three good saves to keep the Glasgow club in the game.

In the final few minutes, the Russian side slowed the game down and saw out the win, which takes them level on points with Rangers.

Rangers led three times in the first half but couldn’t hold out at the back and they miss a great chance to boost their qualification hopes.

While commentating on the game, Ally McCoist said the game had some of the worst defending he has ever seen.

The other game in the group has finished 0-0 between Rapid Vienna and Villarreal, so just two points now separate top from bottom in Group G.

Meanwhile, Chelsea defeated BATE 1-0 through an Olivier Giroud goal, to maintain their record as the only unbeaten side in all competitions in all of Europe’s top five leagues.

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