Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018: Sweden beat South Korea 1-0

Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018: Sweden beat South Korea 1-0

The penalty was awarded after a foul by Kim Min-woo forced the match officials to consult the Video assistant referee (VAR).

'The VAR took a while but we are very pleased they had it.

"I think definitely", Andersson said, "the goalie was their best".

That fired up the hordes of yellow-clad Swedish fans, who had been fearful their team would misfire again after failing to score in any of their previous three games.

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

The Asians began the game brighter, harrying for the first 15 minutes against an initially sluggish-looking Sweden.

Sweden started without Victor Lindelof after the Manchester United defender fell ill overnight, with his replacement Pontus Jansson and the rest of the defence scarcely tested by a tepid South Korean attack in the early stages. Andersson said: "I do question a little bit the VAR in this case - it wasn't even needed, it was crystal clear".

Kim Young-gwon produced two impressive blocks inside the area to deny Marcus Berg and Granqvist, the latter of whom also shot straight at third-choice keeper Cho Hyun-woo towards the end of the first half. I don't know how many Swedish players have played in the World Cup but we have quite a few players who have had that experience. Though Sweden has some great players, Son Heung-Min and team can give them a tough competition.

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And on Sunday, we were treated to the second best game of the tournament so far as Germany met Mexico at the Luzhniki stadium . Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio named an attacking trio of the highly-rated Hirving Lozano , Javier Hernandez and Carlos Vela.

South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong said his players were intimidated by the height of the Swedish players.

Following Mexico's upset of defending champion Germany, the pressure was put on both South Korea and Sweden in their opener.

Though not the most attractive of games, there was a terrific atmosphere in the 42,300-strong crowd at the blue-and-white Nizhny Novgorod stadium next to a cathedral at the confluence of the Volga and Oka rivers.

The Swedes, many in their now de rigueur Viking helmets, easily outnumbered and out-sang their red-clad rivals in the avant-garde, sun-kissed dome that is meant to evoke wind and water.

Half-hearted appeals for a penalty were turned away in the dying minutes, but Sweden held on for what was a comfortable win in a poor game. It certainly wasn't the one that Germany would've wanted. - The first shot in this match came after exactly 20 minutes - the second longest wait for a first attempt in a World Cup match since 1966 (20:59, Netherlands vs Costa Rica in 2014).

South Korea finished seven points behind Iran in the weaker of the two qualifying groups in Asia, losing to the likes of Qatar and China on the way, while defeats to European trio Northern Ireland, Poland and Bosnia since March suggests they don't have what it takes to get something from this game.

The second half started in much the same vain before Korea's luck ran out in the 64th minute.

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