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Sweden - Korea Republic
World Cup - 18 June 2018
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Sweden won their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1958! Andrea Granqvist, their centre-back captain, stepped up to score a penalty and South Korea couldn't find an equaliser.
The result means Sweden are level with Mexico on three points at the top of Group F.
SOUTH KOREA CHANCE!
Hwang is unmarked at the back post to meet a devilish corner from the left, but he inexplicitly heads wide from a matter of yards out.
What an opportunity to draw the game...
There will be FOUR minutes of added time. Can South Korea find a much-needed equaliser?
South Korea would probably need six points to advance in Group F and you don't need me to tell you that it's a tall order to beat both Mexico and Germany.
As mentioned earlier in my pre-match notes, this game was arguably a must-win for both sides after Mexico's shock victory over Germany yesterday. It becomes very difficult for South Korea to progress if they lose this one.
South Korea's goalkeeper has been impressive this afternoon but his efforts will have been in vain if his side fail to score...
As it stands Sweden are holding on pretty comfortably. They haven't won an opening World Cup game since 1958!
But there are still over five minutes to play...
Seung Woo-Lee has looked lively since his introduction and now he wins a corner for South Korea as his shot is deflected behind by Granqvist.
- OffSebastian LarssonSweden
- OnGustav SvenssonSweden
It doesn't look too good for Larsson as he limps off the pitch in some pain. He is replaced by Gustav Svensson.
Son tries to engineer an opportunity all on his own as he attempts to dance through a crowded midfield but runs into trouble.
Hwang has a chance to get a shot away inside the Sweden penalty area but he slips at the crucial moment. It's been that kind of day for South Korea, hasn't it?
- OffOla ToivonenSweden
- OnIsaac ThelinSweden
Toivonen is replaced by Isaac Thelin.
South Korea have failed to threaten in the attacking third for 75 minutes, they just haven't offered enough in attack. Son looked dangerous in the first-half, but he has been a virtual spectactor since the restart.
There has been much debate about VAR during this year's World Cup but Gary is right, the correct decision was made on this occasion.
- OffJa-Cheol KooKorea Republic
- OnSeung-Woo LeeKorea Republic
SOUTH KOREA SUB!
Third and final change for Korea: Seung-Woo Lee replaces Koo Ja-cheol.
- OffAlbin EkdalSweden
- OnOscar HiljemarkSweden
Oscar Hiljemark replaces Ekdal in midfield.
- OffShin-Wook KimKorea Republic
- OnWoo-Young JungKorea Republic
SOUTH KOREA SUB!
Korea make their second change, with Jung Woo-young replacing Kim Shin-wook.
Eyebrows were raised when Granqvist stepped up to take the penalty, but he was cool, calm and collected and scored with minimal fuss. Sweden are in a great position now and it's a deserved lead.
- Goal by penaltyAndreas GranqvistSweden
GOAAAALLLL! Sweden 1-0 South Korea
The captain Granqvist steps up from centre-back to take the penalty... and side-foots it into the bottom corner, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way!
THE PENALTY IS GIVEN!
Sweden have a perfect chance to take the lead... The replays show Kim Min-wo committed a clear foul on Claesson. It's the right decision.
VAR IN USE!
Claesson goes over in the penalty box and Sweden are demanding a spot-kick! The referee is having a look at the video replay...
WATCH: Sweden go close through Jansson.
- Yellow cardViktor ClaessonSweden
Claesson overruns the ball and then fouls Hwang Hee-Chan in an attempt to win possession back, earning himself a booking.
Hwang out-muscles Granqvist and drives to the by-line, he has four team mates waiting in a central position but his cross is intercepted by Jansson at the near post.
Larsson's cross finds Jansson at the near post but his header is parried clear by Cho Hyun-woo and a defender hacks clear the loose ball.
- Yellow cardHee-Chan HwangKorea Republic
Hwang Hee-chan bundles over Augustinsson and then appears to kick out at his Swedish counter-part, earning himself a yellow card while conceding a free-kick in a dangerous position in the process.
Koo-Ja cheol has seemingly made a quick recovery and he almost gives South Korea the lead, heading into the side netting after meeting Kim Min-woo’s in-swinger.
Larsson stands on the back of Koo-Ja-Cheol's legs and though it's a painful one the South Korean midfielder is OK to continue.
It looked accidental and Larsson escapes without a yellow card.
Sweden launch a rapid counter-attack, with Claesson leading the charge. He cuts the ball back to Forsberg who checks onto his right-foot but curls his shot into the stands from the edge of the box.
Lee-Yong's cross is played to the near post but it's too close to Olsen who gathers with ease. It's been a low-key start to the second period.
- 2nd Half
Sweden get the second half underway. There were no changes in personnel for either side at the break.
- End of 1st Half
And that's it for the first-half, folks.
Sweden have fashioned the better opportunities but South Korean have stood firm in defence as the sides go in level at the break.
Listig's great delivery is met by the head of Claesson but his bullet header drifts agonisingly wide of the goal. Replays show it came off a defender last and Sweden win the corner.
Two minutes will be added on at the end of the first-half.
Swden have a corner, which falls to Granqvist on the edge of the box, but it's a defender's finish as he shoots straight at Cho Hyun-woo who makes a comfortable save.
Another penalty appeal... this time Ki appears to catch Toivonen but replays show the South Korean defender won the ball, even if he follow through on his marker. Right decision to wave play on.
Berg controls with his chest as he is played through on goal, he tries to lift the ball over the goalkeeper but gets his angles wrong.
Son goes to ground inside the box under the challenge of Augustinsson but the referee is well positioned and ignores South Korea's half-hearted appeals for a penalty.
Sweden work the ball into a wide area but again the delivery isn't good enough as Larsson's whipped cross is headed clear by Hyun-soo Jang.
Former Swansea midfielder Ki tries to go it alone, shooting from the edge of the box but his powerful effort is charged down. Sweden supporters aren't happy, they feel Forsberg was fouled in the lead up to that South Korea chance.
Son has space to run into on the right channel, he's far too quick for Granvist but the Sweden defender shows good positioning to get back into central defence and cut out the Tottenham forward's cross.
Sweden made a slow start but the Europeans have improved and have looked the better side in the last 10 minutes. They have had 63 per cent of possession, registering four shots while South Korea have yet to muster an effort at goal.
Berg has spurned two great chances for Sweden and now he is flagged offside. It just hasn't gone his way thus far.
CRUCIAL CHALLENGE! Larsson's corner delivery falls to Berg inside the penalty area but not for the first time this afternoon Young Gwon-Kim slides in to make an important intervention!
- OffJoo-Ho ParkKorea Republic
- OnMin-Woo KimKorea Republic
SOUTH KOREA SUB! Min-Woo Kim comes on for the injured Joo-Ho Park.
INJURY! Joo-Ho Park falls awkwardly as he tries to keep the ball in play and immediately South Korea are preparing a substitution. It looks like a hamstring injury.
Hyun-Woo Cho has enjoyed a fine match thus far and he's alert to claim Lustig's cross from deep.
Hwang Hee-Chan catches Forsberg with a high foot and the Sweden midfielder goes down in some pain. It was clumsy and he's fortunate not to be booked.
In truth the South Korean goalkeeper should have had absolutely no chance there. What a great save but Berg ought to have scored. Will Sweden be made to rue that missed chance?
WHAT A SAVE!
A cross trickles its way through to Berg who has time and space to pick his spot, but from point-blank range is denied by the legs of Cho Hyun-Woo who gathers himself to punch the loose ball out for a corner.
GREAT TACKLE! Berg's clever back-heel releases Granqvist but he's stopped in his tracks by Young Gwon-Kim's last-gasp challenge to prevent a certain goal.
Son has been virtually anonymous thus far - until now. He receives the ball on the left-hand-side of the penalty box, in a one-vs-one situation with Jansson but the Leeds defender times his challenge to perfection to win possession back for Sweden.
Sweden get plenty of players in the box in anticipation of Claesson's cross but his delivery is too close to South Korean goalkeeper Hyun-Woo Cho.
- Yellow cardShin-Wook KimKorea Republic
YELLOW CARD! Shin-Wook Kim goes into the book for a strong but late challenge on Ekdal.
Park Joo-Ho likes to get forward from full-back and he finds plenty of space on the left flank just now, but his early cross is too high for any of his team mates to meet.
Berg is probably Sweden's most dangerous attacker, scoring eight goals in qualifying. He is playing very deep at the moment as South Korea continue on the front foot.
Since finishing as runners-up on home soil in 1958, Sweden have progressed past the second round of the World Cup only once, it was in 1994 when they finished third.
South Korea win a free-kick on the left flank, which Son swings in... but the referee spots an infringement as the ball is delivered. Shin-Wook Kim had his arms all over Larsson.
Sweden's goalkeeper Olsen is off his line to bravely punch clear, but the danger isn't quite over yet as South Korea recover possession.
After a surging run down the channel, South Korean wideman Hee-Chan has to settle for a corner - the first of the afternoon.
Is it or isn't it?
- 1st Half
South Korea, wearing white, get us underway. Sweden haven't won an opening game in the World Cup in over 50 years - can they change that today?
The players are making their way out onto the pitch and it's almost time for the national anthems. It's a fine afternoon at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, with temperatures of a soaring 27 degrees.
DID YOU KNOW?
Sweden haven't won in five games and haven't scored more than one goal in a match since an 8-0 win over Luxembourg last October, while South Korea have won only one of their last six matches, losing four of those.
Mexico's shock 1-0 victory over Germany on Sunday has left Group F wide open.
Both managers probably saw this game as a must-not-lose but yesterday's result gives both nations a great chance of making it out of the group if they can find the win.
There are concerns this Sweden side isn't creative enough but you cannot question their robust defence, led by Andreas Granqvist.
The former Wigan man, 33, won the Guldbollen as Sweden’s best footballer in 2017 - the first time in 10 years that it had not gone to Ibrahimovic.
If South Korea are to repeat their heroics of 2002 when they reached the last four of the World Cup then they will need their talisman Heung-Min Son at the top of his game.
The Tottenham forward netted 18 times for his club last season - but can he deliver for his country?
"I feel great when people say good things about me but what's important is that I have to show it on the pitch," said Son.
"I know lots of people's expectations are on me, so I also feel a responsibility."
South Korea have qualified for nine successive World Cups but recorded only one point in 2014's tournament. And like Sweden, Shin Tae-yong's side have struggled in the warm-ups, winning only once in six games including a 2-1 defeat to Northern Ireland.
Their 1-0 victory over Italy back in November was the last time Sweden tasted victory. Andersson's side have struggled in front of goal and have not scored in their last three outings. Expect them to be strong in defence but struggle in the final third.
Sweden are missing Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof through illness while Jakob Johansson, who scored the defining goal in Sweden's play-off victory against Italy, is injured and misses the tournament.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, of course, is not in the squad after his international retirement.
As expected Tottenham forward Son Heung-min leads the South Korean attacking line, supported by captain and former Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng.
Their World Cup preparations were disturbed by injuries and missing out on the squad altogether are attacker Lee Keun-ho, midfielder Kwon Chang-hoon and defender Kim Jin-su.
The pre-match talk has been dominated by a member of Sweden's coaching staff spying on a Korean training session during their pre-tournament preparation camp in Austria and was asked to leave.
Speaking through an interpreter at his pre-match press conference, manager Janne Andersson said: “He heard about a practice session. He didn’t understand it was a closed session and he was asked to leave.
“It is very important that we show respect for opponents, always and in every way. If it has been perceived in another way, we apologise.
“For 99 per cent of the time we are mainly interested in what happens in a match situation. You are turning something small into something bigger, making a mountain out of a molehill.”
SOUTH KOREA TEAM NEWS
Starting XI: Cho Hyun-Woo, Lee Yong, Kim Young-Gwon, Jang Hyun-Soo, Park Joo-Ho, Lee Seung-Woo, Koo Ja-Cheol, Ki Sung-yueng, Lee Jae-Sung, Hwang Hee-Chan, Son Heung-Min.
SWEDEN TEAM NEWS
Starting XI: Olsen, Lustig, Granqvist, Jansson, Augustinsson, Larsson, Ekdal, Claesson, Forsberg, Toivonen, Berg.
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