Glasgow Rangers should have beaten Benfica on Thursday in the Europa League, and the performance of Filip Helander was partly to blame for their collapse.
With less than 15 minutes left on the clock, the Gers were 3-1 up in Portugal. Benfica were even down to 10 men after Nicolas Otamendi was sent off early in the first half. Goals from Glen Kamara and Alfredo Morelos, as well as a Diogo Goncalves own-goal, appeared to have given the Ibrox outfit a famous victory.
However, Rafa Silva and Darwin Nunez struck late on to earn their side a point. The Gers are still unbeaten this season in all competitions and share the lead at the top of their Europa League group with seven points, but to drop points in such a fashion will feel like a defeat.
Sweden international Helander will be gutted with his display. Two of the goals arguably came from his mistakes, and he was dribbled past on no less than three occasions. Usually solid, he won just two from eight duels.
Should Filip Helander start for Glasgow Rangers?
The Gers were far from happy with his display, and they took to Twitter to share their thoughts.
Let’s see what they had to say about Helander below
Too soon, we should have humped them but bottled it big time with poor finishing and a Helander disasterclass
— The Meatball (@TheMeatball4) November 5, 2020
Would be harsh to drop Helander for the weekend. Even if he was on Benfica’s payroll today.
— Matt G (@MattG95) November 5, 2020
A draw isn’t bad for us under the circumstances either, you play in that stadium, you know it well, as we do Ibrox. Helander has never played worse for Rangers. You have a player in that team that costs more than our entire squad. Ibrox awaits. Well played tonight.
— Self-Isolating Ryan Jack (@RampantRyanJack) November 5, 2020
Still gutted about that result! 3 sloppy goals ruined an all round brilliant performance. Big Helander would struggle to keep up with Lewis Capaldi in a 100m sprint
— Alan (@basilbolisbro) November 5, 2020
Drop Helander,and keep him dropped,he’s a liability against decent opposition.
— DGM79 (@Davidmullen1979) November 5, 2020
Phoning the police on helander
— Robbie mcpherson (@robbie_mc17) November 5, 2020
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