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Full time - Sweden 1 South Korea 0

20 Juin 2018

However, they certainly "Dared to Zlatan" with a first victory in their opening match since 1958, against South Korea in Nizhny Novgorod. The penalty was awarded after referee pressed VAR into action when Kim Min-Woo committed a foul in the penalty box. "If we can be mentally strong we could do the same but the World Cup is no easy stage", Son added.

"I think all coaches probably feel that way, that the other team is spying on them", he said.

Korea initially looked as though they would offer more in an attacking sense early in the second half, with Kim Shin-wook guiding a left-sided cross into the side-netting of Robin Olsen's goal.

Sweden had been accused of spying on a Korea training session ahead of the game. The correct decision was made and Swedish captain Andreas Granqvist stepped up and slotted the ball home.

South Korea, competing in their ninth successive World Cup, were disappointing and the closest they came to scoring was when Hwang Hee-chan headed wastefully wide in the closing moments.

The game followed a similar pattern in the second period, with neither side able to stamp their authority on the match, but Sweden would secure the win courtesy of a VAR-assisted penalty.

Granqvist made no mistake after the lengthy delay, sending goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo the wrong way to score Sweden's first World Cup goal since 2006, and the centre-back was relieved to see the controversial review system used to good effect.

Captain Andreas Granqvist calmly converted the penalty to earn his team valuable three points and put them above Germany in an intriguing Group F following Mexico's stunning victory over the holders Sunday.

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

Asked if it is harder to deal with that responsibility while playing for South Korea than it is with Tottenham, he said the situations are not the same.

Thousands of South Korean football fans who had gathered hopefully on the streets across the country fell silent after their team's uninspiring 1-0 defeat against Sweden in the 2018 World Cup.

Germany lost their opening match at a World Cup finals for the first time since 1982 after Hirving Lozano scored the winning goal in Moscow.

"We are better prepared now than for previous tournaments", he said.

The teams begin their campaigns today and have been creative in trying to study each other's tactics in the build-up to the match at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. I don't know how many Swedish players have played in the World Cup but we have quite a few players who have had that experience.

Full time - Sweden 1 South Korea 0