McGeady scores and gets sent-off as Spartak's European hopes fade
Spartak Moscow's chances of playing European football next season have suffered a huge blow after Aiden McGeady scored and was then sent off in a 2-1 defeat to Mordovia Saransk.
The visitors led after six minutes after a stunning run and goal from Republic of Ireland international Aiden McGeady but the Republic of Ireland winger then saw red five minutes before the interval for a foul on Vladimir Bozovic.
His dismissal changed the complexion of the match and Andrey Pazin pulled Mordovia level four minutes into the second half before Daniel Oprita added a second after 70 minutes.
Spartak remain in fifth place but just one point ahead of Dinamo Moscow, who have a game in hand.
Mordovia, meanwhile, move three points clear of basement side Alania Vladikavkaz but still have five points to make up on the relegation play-off places with just three rounds remaining.