Fast-emerging fan favourite earns plaudits and plays pivotal role in history-making victory
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Rangers’ Filip Helander earns plaudits in history-making Sweden win over Spain

Rangers star Filip Helander played the entire 90 minutes as Sweden inflicted the first World Cup Qualifying defeat on Spain for 28 years.

Sweden came from behind to secure a legendary 2-1 win against a talent-strewn Spain side with Viktor Claesson scoring what turned out to be the eventual winner in the second half.

Spain had taken the lead through Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler after only four minutes by Sweden only for Alexander Isak to equalise less than a minute later.

Claesson would then score 12 minutes after the restart as the Scandinavians held on despite managing only 75% possession in the match.


Filip Helander – who scored the winning goal in last weekend’s 1-0 Old Firm derby win over Celtic – came up against the likes of Gerard Moreno, Alvaro Morata and Ferran Torres in the match.

It was an assured display from the big defender and as a result Big Fil earned the plaudits from football fans on Twitter after the match:

There’s a reason why Helander is a firm fan favourite at Ibrox and his performance is sure to do his chances of breaking into the Sweden XI permanently no harm.

The big defender has also been speaking about Rangers fans adopting the song Gimme, Gimme, Gimme by ABBA in homage to him.

“It was a lot of fun and cool to score the winning goal in such a big match. I rank it very high, it was perhaps my most important goal in my career,” said Helander [Sportbladet].

“So it was a great game to play in and I have never experienced such an atmosphere around a stadium like then. I could not hear properly during the game.

“I heard the fans singing my song, but it’s been quite a while since I sang any Abba songs myself and I may not have been completely sober when I did it!”

Big Fil has also been opening up on reported interest from the Premier League heading into the summer transfer window.

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