Granqvist's VAR penalty gives Sweden win over S Korea


"I think we should reorganize to have a better team atmosphere".

"I$3 f what we did has been perceived in another way, then we apologize", said Andersson. The ref had initially waved play on.

Veteran Swedish skipper Andreas Granqvist scored the only goal of the game from the spot after Viktor Claesson was upended by South Korean substitute Kim Min-woo Kim in the 62nd minute.

This call, the one in the France v Australia game and the smooth way the penalty was called in Peru's first match prove that VAR is the future.

As Italian fans ceremoniously cried "Mamma Mia" the Swedes progressed to their first World Cup appearance since 2000 without charismatic striker Zlatan Ibrahimović who, despite retiring from global football, has made it to Russian Federation as part of Bein SPORTS' coverage of the tournament.

There was a scrappy start to the game with Kim Shin Wook booked for a foul on Albin Ekdal as South Korea looked to impose themselves early on.

A gutsy Sweden began their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign off with a 1-0 victory over Korea Republic on Monday. Next up, the South Korean team plays Mexico on Sunday.

Before Granqvist's penalty, Sweden showed most of the attacking intent at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. The Swedes just couldn't beat goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo until the penalty.

Granqvist was denied a shot at goal by a superb last-ditch interception by Kim Young-gwon in the game's first notable moment before Marcus Berg squandered a golden opportunity to hand his side the lead midway through the half. He also stopped a powerful, dipping header from Ola Toivonen in the second half.

He was unable to steer it past Jo in the Korea goal and Shin's team made it to the break on level terms.

Kim will be flanked by Son Heung-min on the left and Hwang Hee-chan on the right.

There was much talk about the larger than life striker changing his mind and looking to get back into the squad heading to Russian Federation but nothing materialised, much to the relief of head coach Janne Andersson. Sweden had 15 shots, five on frame, while holding South Korea to zero shots on goal.

Asked about his thoughts on how his team will fare against Mexico, Shin said, "The ball is round".

He said: "There are many different ways to score and many different ways you can do it in our way of playing". "We need to dare to attack". "It was a good game out there, an honest fight between two good teams".

It's a big win for Sweden, which will face an angry and pumped up Germany side coming off a loss in its first match.

Some fans were seen wearing uniforms from 2002 as they watched the game on giant displays set up in downtown Seoul.