Sweden gets benefit of video review, beats South Korea 1-0

Sweden gets benefit of video review, beats South Korea 1-0

Sweden gets benefit of video review, beats South Korea 1-0

"I knew he (Granqvist) would kick the ball after checking the direction, but it didn't go well as I planned", he said. "We got the penalty and then we were just fighting until the end".

Referee Joel Aguilar referred the decision to the video assistant referee, who confirmed that the penalty should be awarded. But he took another look and decided Kim had tripped Claesson as he tried to clear the ball.

The Swedes screamed for a penalty, and the VAR review confirmed that their winger had indeed been fouled, with the only question how the referee missed it. We were the better team today.

South Korea is one of the weakest teams in the FIFA World Cup 2018, and their recent record is particularly poor.

Gaining three-points over a weak South Korea, following Germany's loss, will place them in a comfortable position.

With the stadium's stands mostly occupied by Sweden's yellow jersey, Jo could well have felt the pressure.

Swedish captain Andreas Granqvist converted a 65th-minute penalty for the match's lone goal at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

Hwang Hee-chan spurned a glorious opportunity late on, heading wide from 10 yards out, as Sweden ultimately held on for a precious three points.

Sweden, coached by Janne Andersson, have been pretty much sticking to their 4-4-2 system, with Al Ain striker Marcus Berg and Toulouse forward Ola Toivonen playing upfront.

The win was reward for Sweden's more attacking approach, but it was unsurprising the victor came from the penalty spot in a game between two sides who had only managed two goals between them in seven games heading into Russian Federation.

Germany enters the tournament as the defending champion after winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Sweden: Granqvist was inspirational for Sweden, but the team still showed a lack of skill up front and that needs to be addressed before the match against Germany.

South Korea: Shin had high hopes for an attacking trio of Son, Hwang and Kim, but it didn't work well enough.

The Asians' coach Shin Tae-yong had no complaints about the penalty, and praised his team's battle with Sweden for aerial superiority.

"We need to dare to do even more", the coach said.

As expected, both teams' single star players provided their creative drive, the silky Son Heung-min busting a lung to try and drive Korea forward from the left flank, and the pacy Emil Forsberg constantly feeding Sweden's big frontmen.

A more direct game worked for them to get to Russian Federation 2018, but coming up against a side in South Korea that were also willing to sit back, soak up pressure and hit on the break, the Scandinavians needed a bit of X factor, some flair.

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