Andreas Granqvist's strike gets Sweden off to a flyer, watch video

21 June, 2018, 04:51 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Sweden and South Korea meet on Monday

Sweden's Andreas Granqvist scores from the penalty spot during the group F match between Sweden and South Korea at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. "I think he probably tore it", Shin said after the game. "We got the penalty, we scored, and then it was just a fight to the end". But he took another look and decided Kim had tripped Claesson as he tried to clear the ball. There was no doubt that the penalty should have been called straightaway. France and Peru have also benefitted from the technology, though the Peruvians missed their penalty kick.

The video review system, making its World Cup debut in Russian Federation, appears to be working so far.

South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong thinks it could be a serious problem for the left-back.

Sweden next face Germany, while Korea take on in-form Mexico who pulled off a major shock by beating the world champions in their Group F opener.

Gaining three-points over a weak South Korea, following Germany's loss, will place them in a comfortable position. There is always something we have to do to analyse the other team and we do what we can to win the match. "The Swedes were so tough to beat in the box".

He said he had set his team up to include taller players, such as 1.89 metre (6 feet two inch) goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo, who excelled.

South Korea, which has won only two World Cup matches since its incredible run to the semifinals in 2002, had a chance to level in injury time but Hwang Hee-chan put a header wide from in front of goal.

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There is a real sense of unity with this team, undistracted by the charisma and overall dominance of Zlatan and coach Janne Andersson has some optimism that the Swedish side he has overhauled since Euro 2016 can upset the odds and make their way to the knock-out rounds.

Sweden now shares the top spot in the group table along with Mexico.

Sweden go into their game against Germany with confidence.

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

It was a cage game light on goalmouth action, and after going 1-0 down the Asian side did not seem to have any options to bring themselves back into the game.

Asked about his thoughts on how his team will fare against Mexico, Shin said, "The ball is round". "Since we now have one loss, we must play more aggressively".

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.


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