Sweden picked up a 1-0 win over South Korea in the Group F 2018 F match. Andreas Granqvist scored the only goal through the penalty spot given following the use of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) technology.
Sweden created many chances when faced with South Korea at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Monday (18/06/2018). But no goals were produced in the first half.
The new impasse was solved by Sweden in the second half. The team nicknamed The Blue-Yellow got a penalty in the 65th minute and Granqvist managed to convert it into goals.
This victory brings Sweden to the top of Group F with Mexico, who in the first game managed to win 1-0 over Germany.
South Korea first gave a threat to the heart of the Swedish defense. Son Heung-Min sent the ball home with a free kick, but the ball was thrown off the field.
Swedish opportunities to steal a goal first created in the 18th minute. Granqvist face one on one with goalkeeper and chance to shoot the ball from close range. But Kim Young-Gwon acts quickly to throw the ball with his tackle.
The threat again given Sweden lapse two minutes later. Marcus Berg got the ball inside the penalty box and stayed face to face with Cho Hyun-woo, but the ball kicked his results about the goalkeeper’s feet.
South Korea must strive to survive so far. Team made by Shin Tae-Yong was made exhausted in the 29th minute through a cross that fell to the feet of Berg. Looks goals will happen, but Koo Ja-Cheol reacts very well to block the ball.
South Korea began a bit of a counterattack through a long pass. However, the effort often fails because of the lack of assistance from the second line.
Meanwhile, Sweden still often make threats in five minutes of normal time remaining. Again, South Korean defense is very sprightly to cut the ball with a tackle before the opponent fired a shot.
Coming ahead of the Swedish drink back threaten South Korea’s defense. Viktor Claesson unleashes a header after striking a cross from the right side, but the ball still bounces slightly above the goal. Until the first half after no goals that can be created both teams.
South Korea pushed first at the start of the second half. A cross was directed into the Swedish penalty box, the ball was overcome by goalkeeper Robin Olsen.
Swedish turns attacked in the 50th minute. The ball was directed to Emil Forsberg, who had a one-touch touch before firing a shot from outside the penalty box, but the ball was still not on target.
Hose two minutes later South Korea to make the Swedish team was anxious. Kim Min-Woo releases a bait of chips that leads to Koo Ja-Cheol, the ball is gored and almost fruitful goal after a little widened from goal.
Cho Hyun-Woo made a resounding save in the 57th minute. he managed to dismiss the ball from Berg’s header from close range.
Sweden just managed to break the deadlock in the 65th minute. Referee Joel Aguilar pointed to the penalty spot for Sweden after stating Kim Min-Woo violated Viktor Claesson based on a video assistant referee (VAR).
Granqvist advanced as executor. Swedish defender and captain of the team managed to perform the task well after the direction of the ball kick failed to read by South Korean goalkeeper. 1-0 Sweden lead.
South Korea began trying to increase the intensity of attacks. The coach even to put 20-year-old players junior Barcelona team player, Lee Seung-woo.
Sweden stayed in the final 10 minutes, while South Korea had trouble creating chances. Teams nicknamed Taegeuk Warriors was also unable to create a goal back. The game was completed with the score 1-0 to victory Sweden.
Composition of Players:
Sweden: Robin Olsen; Mikael Lustig, Pontus Jansson, Andreas Granqvist, Ludwig Augustinsson, Viktor Claesson, Albin Ekdal (Oscar Hiljemark 71 ‘), Sebastian Larsson (Svensson 81’), Emil Forsberg, Marcus Berg, Ola Toivonen (Isaac Kiese Thelin 77 ‘).
South Korea: Cho Hyun-Woo, Lee Yong, Kim Young-Gwon, Jan Hyun-Soo, Park Joo-Ho (Kim Min-Woo 28 ‘); Kim Shin-Wook (Jung Woo-Young 66 ‘), Koo Ja-Cheol (Lee Seung-woo 73’), Ki Sung-yueng, Lee Jae-Sung; Hwang Hee-Chan, Son Heung-Min.