WC FIFA 2018: Sweden wins against South Korea by VAR penalty

WC FIFA 2018: Sweden wins against South Korea by VAR penalty

WC FIFA 2018: Sweden wins against South Korea by VAR penalty

Sweden were awarded the penalty after a video review of defender Kim Min-woo's tackle on Viktor Claesson.

The starting lineup released by Federation Internationale de Football Association shows South Korea are likely to use a 4-3-3 formation, with Kim, listed at 197 centimeters, as a surprising starter upfront in their Group F opening match against Sweden at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, some 425 kilometers east of Moscow.

They next take on a wounded Germany on June 23, before completing their group stage campaign by facing off with Mexico on June 27.

Who knows what Zlatan Ibrahimovic, here in Russian Federation, was thinking as Marcus Berg failed to net in the 21st minute as the goal gaped in front of him and the Al Ain striker could only find goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-Woo. The Swedish captain Granqvist stepped up to the spot and buried the penalty to give his side a 1-0 lead in the 65 minute.

There was little doubt about the validity of the penalty as replays showed Claesson, who plays his club football in Russian Federation, was clearly caught. Few will be giving a chance to Korea, who have now only won one of their last 10 World Cup games.

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.The somewhat rancorous build-up to the game - where Sweden were accused of spying on their opponents - was increasingly reflected in the niggly nature of the match. Sweden will face Mexico next in group match.

But this was a lethargic display and their failure to test keeper Robin Olsen will be a big concern for boss Shin Tae-yong. "All that's left is for us to show you on the pitch".

"Other teams will have difficulties with the Swedes who will be threatening.at this World Cup due to their height".

However, their day to forget was summed up when the unmarked Hwang headed wide from eight yards. "We need to dare to attack".

Sweden coach Janne Andersson: "I felt the wait for the VAR was unnecessary". The scoreless half ended with each team having a soft penalty shout, but both were waved away by the referee. Luckily the referee had VAR to help him to be able to make the right decision. "I am incredibly proud of all the lads and now we focus on the next match against Germany".

"He's very, very good at what he does and he is an important part of our team".

"Germany are the ones faced with a dilemma. Yes, that's why we did that", Shin said. "Since we now have one loss, we must play more aggressively".

However, it was Granqvist's penalty kick in the 64th minute of the match that handed Sweden full three points in a low-scoring affair.

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