The Gers had a chance to win the game with the last kick of the game and have plenty to play for in Moscow
Rangers were frustrated at home to Spartak Moscow in their Europa League clash at Ibrox.
Although there were a couple of penalty shouts for the hosts, Eros Grezda had the best chance of the game in stoppage time but could not convert the impressive Ryan Kent’s ball into the box.
After a frantic opening 45 minutes where the home crowd pushed the Gers all the way, the visitors were able to steady the ship.
Steven Gerrard’s men are still unbeaten in Europe, but it will surely feel like two points dropped ahead of the return clash in Moscow.
Ryan Tavernier’s inconsistent set-pieces caused more than a few grumbles amongst the Light Blues faithful but the skipper did cause momentary panic in the Muscovites’ defence 18 minutes in as he swung in from the left – with only a block from Georgie Dzhikiya preventing Lassana Coulibaly.
Alfredo Morelos and the lively Ryan Kent then combined sharply down the same flank to feed in Daniel Candeias inside the box. The Portuguese winger was faced with the option of shooting or crossing for Coulibaly but seemed caught in between the two as he smashes a wild ball across the face of goal.
The visitors made two half-time changes as Riancho threw on Sofiane Hanni and Roman Eremenko but even that failed to prevent Rangers creating the opening opportunity of the half as Morelos forced goalkeeper Aleksandr Maksimenko into a diving stop.
Spartak finally threatened themselves on 53 minutes as a Coulibaly mistake teed up Lucas Fernando to fire a deflected strike just wide.
But Gers turned up the heat again and should have grabbed the lead on 67 minutes, when Morelos did brilliantly to get in behind and fizz a dangerous ball across the box, but Coulibaly was on his heels when only a touch was needed to convert at the back post.
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Allan McGregor was called into action for the first time moments later as he parried a powerful Harri strike while Nikolai Rasskazov swept wide with another chance.
Kent’s magic almost did the trick again late on when he slalomed into the box but Tavernier could only fire over from 18 yards out.
Substitute Eros Grezda had one last chance to seal victory but blazed over Maksimenko’s bar.
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