FIFA World Cup: 3 things Sweden did right in 1-0 win over South Korea
#2 Seizing their chance
With South Korea punching above their weights with robust defending, Sweden were increasingly frustrated. So the penalty in the second-half was the only clear chance to get a goal and also get something from the game. And Granqvist made no mistake from 12 yards.
The 33-year old centre-back chose to take a crack at it himself, despite the presence of attacking stars such as Berg and Forsberg. And he delivered; coolly nudging the ball into the right corner with Hyun-woo diving the wrong way.
The importance of penalty in this World Cup cannot be understated. As many as 7 of them have already been awarded, and each of them have had a significant impact on the proceedings. In the two that were missed - Messi against Iceland and Cueva against Denmark - the teams had to bear the consequences as Argentina were held while Peru were consigned to a 1-0 loss.
Granqvist, then, would be happy to have taken his chance as Sweden enjoyed a win on their return to the World Cup.