Spartak Moscow Stumble in Major Loss against Terek Grozny
Will Spartak Moscow have to settle for sixth-place on the Russian Premier League table—and miss out on a chance to qualify for the UEFA Europa League—for the second year in a row? It certainly looks that way, after the Red-Whites fell 2-4 in a key match against Terek Grozny on Monday. The loss puts Spartak four points behind fifth-placers Rubin Kazan with only three games left in the 2014 – 2015 Russian Premier League season. And since the Red-Whites have a few tough matches ahead of them—including a fixture this weekend against crosstown rivals, CSKA Moskva. Still, you can show your support for the football squad by picking up a new Spartak Moscow shirt or jersey from Soccer Box!
The 2014 – 2015 season may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean you’ve missed your chance to stock up on this year’s official football merchandise. On the contrary, at Soccer Box, we still have inventory for both the red Spartak Moscow home jersey 2014 – 2015 and the white away shirt. Both shirts—from kit manufacturer Nike—are striking and attractive in their simplicity. They are also the perfect way to root for the Red-Whites in their final three weeks of competitive play! Stop by to pick up your home shirt or away jersey today!
The 2014 – 2015 Russian Premier League
The wearers of the Spartak Moscow shirt have now gone 14 years without a win in the Russian Premier League. Fans haven’t lost hope, though, because the soccer club have reliably snapped back into the runner-up position every few years, to reaffirm their status as perennial contenders.
Indeed, the Red-Whites last tasted the possibility of an RPL title three years ago, when they finished as runners-up to Zenit St. Petersburg. In 2012 – 2013 they fell to third, while 2013 – 2014 saw them drop out of the top five altogether.
This season, though, fans in the Spartak Moscow home jersey 2014 – 2015 were hoping for a return to the upper echelons of the RPL table. Indeed, the Red-Whites started out the season in promising fashion, winning five of their first seven matches—including away games against tough teams like CSKA and Rubin Kazan. In September, Spartak even escaped an away fixture at Zenit St. Petersburg with a scoreless draw.
Unfortunately, September and October also brought a nearly two-month winless streak—stopping the football club’s momentum in its tracks, and dropping the Red-Whites gradually down the Russian Premier League table. Still, even despite the rough run in the middle of the fall, the wearers of the Spartak Moscow shirt have held on throughout this football season, turning in a handful of solid victories every few weeks to remind fans that they are still relevant.
The Red-Whites even had a few glorious opportunities to move up the RPL table over the past few weeks—both of which were, unfortunately, missed.
First, the squad donned the Spartak Moscow home jersey 2014 – 2015 to take on Zenit St. Petersburg at Otkrytie Arena. With the contest taking place in Moscow, and with fans dressed in the red home shirt filling up the stands, the May 2nd game was the perfect opportunity for Spartak to turn things around for the year.
Zenit are the likely champions for the Russian top-flight football division this year (and for the third year in a row), so beating them would have been a huge badge of honor—not to mention a standings booster—for the Red-Whites. Like the September match between these two teams, though, the May 2nd fixture ended in a draw. The home side snatched themselves from the jaws of defeat in the final moments of the fixture, with a 90+1 goal from Hulk equalizing the score at 1-1, following an earlier goal from the Zenit side. It was a relief for the Red-Whites to once again escape with a draw, but the outcome was disappointing nonetheless.
On Monday, May 11th, Spartak Moscow suffered an even greater disappointment. With a 2-4 away game loss against Terek Grozny, the Red-Whites diminish their chances of overtaking Rubin Kazan for the fifth place slot on the RPL table.
To add insult to injury, Moscow were actually leading the May 11th match 1-0 going into halftime, and had things tied up at 2-2 with just moments left to go in the match. But two late-game consecutive goals from Grozny’s Ailton Almeida (at 90 and 90+2, respectively) left the Red-Whites reeling with a loss.
Help turn things around for the team, with a new Spartak Moscow shirt from Soccer Box. Spartak will surely need some fan support this weekend against CSKA—even if they will have the home field advantage. Watch for updates on the match—or for store jersey discounts—by following Soccer Box on social media. We can be found on Facebook, Twitter and others.