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Spartak Moscow 4-3 Rangers: 11-game unbeaten Europa League run ends

Lorenzo Melgarejo (left) scored for Spartak in Moscow

Two goals in a minute gave Spartak Moscow a thrilling win that ends Rangers’ 11-game unbeaten run in the Europa League this season.

Rangers had taken the lead three times in the first half through Roman Eremenko’s own goal and fine strikes by Daniel Candeias and Glenn Middleton.

But they were pegged back by Lorenzo Melgarejo, a Connor Goldson own goal and, after the break, by Luis Adriano.

And Sofiane Hanni’s drive deflected off Goldson to give the home side victory.

Steven Gerrard’s side were left to rue an offside flag that denied Rangers a 4-2 lead, with TV replays suggesting Alfredo Morelos was onside, and a last-minute James Tavernier effort off the post.

It means that the Russians, who drew 0-0 at Ibrox last month but whose poor domestic has continued under caretaker manager Raul Riancho, leapfrog Rangers into second place in Group G thanks to a better head-to-head record.

Villarreal, thanks to a 0-0 draw away to Rapid Vienna, now lead the section by a point, but only two points separate all four sides with two fixtures remaining.

More to follow.

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