Sweden vs. South Korea - Football Match Report

Sweden vs. South Korea - Football Match Report

Sweden vs. South Korea - Football Match Report

A reckless challenge by Kim on Viktor Claesson initially went unpunished but - upon consultation with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) - a penalty was awarded, which Granqvist made no mistake in sending Cho the wrong way.

Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist stepped up and sent his side in front before holding on for a 1-0 victory over South Korea on Monday morning in Nizhny Novgorod.

Marcus Berg had the best chance of the first half when he was put clear on goal in the 21st minute and had his close-range shot blocked by the right leg of Jo, South Korea's third-choice goalkeeper. It's not like Berg or Ola Toivonen - both, like Ibrahimovic, strong in the air - are particularly mobile. Subs: Svensson N/A, Thelin 5, Hijlemark 5.

Substitutes: Kim Seung-gyu, Lee Seung-woo, Yun Young-sun, Kim Jin-hyeon, Jung Woo-young, Ju Se-jong, Moon Seon-min, Hong Chul, Ko Yo-han, Jung Seung-hyun, Oh Ban-suk, Kim Min-woo.

The ball fell for Berg again on the half-hour mark and he was denied again, this time by an excellent last-ditch block from Young-Gwon Kim.

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Korea threatened only on the break where Son Heung-min's pace troubled 33-year-old Granqvist, who was without defending partner Victor Lindelof, who was ill.

His place was taken by Pontus Jansson but the Leeds United defender had little to do against lacklustre opponents. Swedish officials revealed the Manchester United centre-back had remained behind at their hotel but gave no other details.

Sweden's Andreas Granquist converted a penalty into a goal in the 65th minute of the game. The European nation continued their dominance in the second half when Dries Mertens found a failed defensive header in the 47 minute and smashed it into the far corner for a 1-0 lead.

"It took a long vehicle journey up the mountains to reach the house, but it was a ideal spot to observe the Korean team's training", said Lars Jacobsson, a member of the Swedish coaching staff. Meanwhile, South Korea looks to rebound against Mexico, with its spirits higher than the clouds.

South Korea haven't lost their opening group stage match in the past four World Cups, dating back to 2002, with three wins and a draw.

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Sweden never really convinced that they would score prior to the penalty despite their domination and a toothless South Korea did not manage one shot on target.

Sweden is sitting pretty after its first World Cup 2018 game.

Sweden coach Janne Andersson said his side's decisive penalty in their opening match against South Korea on Monday was so obvious there was no need for the use of VAR.

However, they arrived in Russian Federation without a goal in their previous three matches and without Zlatan Ibrahimovic after his retirement from worldwide football.

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