Moscow [Russia], June 18: Sweden starts off their World Cup run clocking a 1 – 0 win over South Korea. In the Group F match here at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, the sole goal came after Andreas Granqvist successfully netted the penalty awarded using the newly introduced Video Assistant Reference (VAR).
It was only in the 65th minute of the match that Sweden managed to break the stalemate when Granqvist converted the spot kick by calmly slotting the ball to the left of the goalkeeper.
The penalty was awarded to Sweden after substitute Kim Min-woo had fouled Viktor Claesson in the box. Referee Joel Aguilar used the VAR technology and decided in favour of Sweden.
The last few minutes saw South Korea trying hard to make something out. While Korea had the possession, Sweden were sitting deep and not allowing any loopholes.
In the four minutes of additional time, Korea tried hard to score the equalizer, but Sweden kept pushing hard and managed to hold on to their lead.
The game also witnessed South Korea suffering a big blow as defender Park Joo-Ho fell awkwardly while trying to head a long pass. He was forced off the field to get eventually replaced by Min-Woo Kim.
The two teams went goal-less into the half-time.
Sweden will next face Germany while South Korea will take on Mexico in their next Group F clash. (ANI)
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