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SWE vs KOR Match Result - FIFA WC 2018
Sweden
1 - 0
FT
Korea Republic
A. Granqvist (P) 65'
PEEP! PEEP! PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! FULL TIME!

SWEDEN BEAT SOUTH KOREA IN THEIR FIRST WORLD CUP MATCH IN 12 YEARS. That's their first win in an opening match since 1958. Well deserved, that one. 

Anirudh Menon signing out. Toodle-ooo!
92' OH MY! OH MY! OH MY! Son's delivery caused all sorts of confusion insed the Swedish box, Granqvist's clearance smacks of Kiese-thelin's arms and the Koreans are up in arms. Thelin's arms are right by his body, though. Nothing he can do. 
91' WOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! KOREA! Just as I moan as to the ineffectual of crossing into a box full of 6 and a half foot tall Scandinavians; Kim's superb ball is headed across the face of goal by Jung Woo-Young - to Hwang; who, totally free inside the box, heads his effort well wide of Olsen's near post. Should have grabbed the equaliser there, should Korea's best forward of the match. 

90' OH! OH! Son does get on the ball, and he tries to slip in Ki, but the ball's an utter waste. They'd worked themselves into a decent bit of spae had those two. Four minutes to be added on
89' Korea need to find a slice of magic somewhere. They need to get the ball to Son. 
88' Lee Sung looks to play in Hwang, but Granqvist gets in his way; Son pings it out wide to Kim Min Woo - who's ball into the box is rather easily cut out by Svensson
86' The industrious Claesson does superbly to rob Lee Seung Woo off the ball and the Swedes play some keep ball of their own. Game management. 
85' It's all a bit scrappy now - Sweden are really good at defending 1-0 leads, just ask Italy - and Korea are struggling to penetrate this massive block of yellow shirts in front of Olsen's goal. 
83' A lazy header from Jansson almost allows Jung Woo-Young to scream onto the ball - but Granqvist and Svensson hold their nerve and clear the ball up the field

82' The corner comes to nothing. Ki then looks to pick out Hwang's late run into the box but the ball's got just too much oomph to it. 
81' Son's delivery comes to nothing, but after a bit of faffing around they pass it to Lee Seung-Woo, who's come into the game with real intent - has a whack at goal that bounces off Granqvist and out for a corner.

80' Hwang wins a freekick with a cleaver bit of play - drawing Granqvist into a foul 30 yards out, just right of centre
79' Gustav Svensson come on instead of the superb Seb Larsson's who's taken  knock in tackling Heung Min Son. More seconds eaten up, this, as the Korean contingent boos him off the park. The Swedes look to drown it out with loud applause of their own
78' Korea play some much better football now. Lee Seung-Woo twists hither, thither, and ends up losing the ball to Larsson. Young drags Korea back up the field - but his whipped delivery is easily seen off by Granqvist. Bread and butter
77'  OH! OH! OH! Hwang slips as he looks to seize upon Son's superb cushioned-header from Kim Min Woo's lovely dink -- and the chance to have a shot at goal goes begging. 
76' The Swedes kill a few more seconds as they take off Toivonen and bring on Isaac Kiese-Thelin in his stead. 
75' Ola Toivonen's gone to the ground as a part of his running battle with Young - but the ref asks him to get on with it. Korea move forward with real intent but Seung Woo loses it. 
73' The Asian Messi, Lee Seung-Woo, comes on in Koo's stead as Tae-Yong Shin hoists that good ol' kitchen sink on his shoulders and throws it at the Swedes. For those who don't know, this lad is said to have Leo Messi' U-13 scoring record at La Masia

72' Korea move forward down the flanks, Sweden allowing them all of the freedom to do so. The man mountains in the Swedish backline will see all of this of all day long.  
71' The excellent Albin Ekdal is taken off for the impossibly named Oscar Hiljemark of Genoa. Touted to be a big talent, this lad
70' OH LOVELY FOOTBALL FROM SWEDEN! Claesson stopped Ki as he looked to pass his way out of trouble at the edge of the box. The ball fell to Toivonen who's run almost led to Berg seizing upon it. Took another lovely Young tackle to stop him. 
69' Son looks to dribble his way through trouble is Ekdal is having none of it. The Swedes move it forward and it takes a good block from Jang to stop Forsberg from screaming one of his specials into the Korean goal
68' The Swedes will fall back into their solid lines of yellow now, won't they. This is not going to be easy for the Koreans
66' THe Koreans make a change as that giant Kim Shin Wook is taken off for Jung Woo-Young as they look for an equaliser

Ah, the wise old man waits for Jo to fall to one side and steers the ball into the other corner. Smashing penalty
65' GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! GRANQVIST!
64' PENALTY! CLEAR AS DAY! KIM MIN WOO TOOK CLAESSON OUT FROM UNDER HIS FEET! ALL HAIL VAR
62' OH OH OH MADNESS! CONTROVERSY! THE SWEDES ARE ABSOLUTELY FURIOUS AS THE REFS WAVE PLAY ON AS CLAESSON GETS SMASHED INTO BY KIM! THE SWEDES HAVE STOPPED IN THEIR TRACKS AND THE REF HAS GONE TO VAR. 
61' OOO! A couple of tasty tackles fly in as first Young Lee is taken out (fairly, adjudges the ref) by Forsberg and Hwang gets smashed into by Viktor Claesson. Who wins himself the grand prize of one yellow card. 
60' They play it short and win another. Which is well cleared by the Swedes; and Larsson does well to win a freekick off Ki to ease this sudden burst of pressure on their goal. 
59' Hwang harries and hassles Granqvist into giving the ball away --  before ripping into the box and attempting to square it across the face of the box; where Jansson is on hand to steer it clear for a corner. 
58' Ola Toivonen steams forward and bullies Kim Min Woo to win a corner. Which comes to nothing.
57' Under considerable pressure, Ki comes up with a belter of an interception to push Korea forward -- and Sung wastes their initiative with a hopeless whack at goal that doesn't clear the Swede parked five yards in front of him
56' OH! OH! OH! Larsson swings in a delightful ball that Toivonen leathered at goal with his head - but straight at Jo in the Korean goal. 
55' Hwang gets into the ref's book for a petulant kick out on Augustinsson. Naughty, naughty - the Korean tried to get the ball through Augustinsson's prone body
54' Kim Min Woo smashes into Claesson and he's a lucky man that the ref sees it as a mere foul. Couldn't have had complaints if it was a yellow. 
53' The game's got a rather stretched quality to it now - proper end to end stuff with the midfield being passed over like they're both playing for Stephen Constantine/Tony Pulis
52' OOO! KOO! The midfielder ghosted, unmarked, into the box where Kim's cross met his forehead perfectly; but his header fizzed just wide of Olsen's near post. 
50' The Koreans are playing it around a touch better now - and Seb Larsson's forced to pull back Koo as the Augsburg lad tried to drbble his way through the middle of the park. He then ended up plunging his knee into Koo's calf. OUCH!
48' OH FORSBERG! OH EMIL! Claesson broke forward from a quickly taken Larsson freekickm before shimmying in and teeing up Forsberg for the Forsberg shot. All the Leipzig magician could do, though, was smash it into row Z
G. Svensson
S. Larsson
81'
I. Thelin
O. Toivonen
77'
72'
Lee Seung-Woo
Koo Ja-Cheol
O. Hiljemark
A. Ekdal
71'
66'
Jung Woo-Young
Kim Shin-Wook
A. Granqvist, Penalty
65'
V. Claesson
61'
55'
Hwang Hee-Chan
28'
Kim Min-Woo
Park Joo-Ho
12'
Kim Shin-Wook
Korea Republic (4-3-3)
Tae-Yong Shin (Manager)
1
R. Olsen
6
L. Augustinsson
4
A. Granqvist
18
P. Jansson
2
M. Lustig
10
E. Forsberg
8
A. Ekdal
7
S. Larsson
17
V. Claesson
20
O. Toivonen
9
M. Berg
23
Cho Hyun-Woo
6
Park Joo-Ho
19
Kim Young-Gwon
20
Jang Hyun-Soo
2
Lee Yong
13
Koo Ja-Cheol
16
Ki Sung-Yeung
17
Lee Jae-Sung II
7
Son Heung-Min
9
Kim Shin-Wook
11
Hwang Hee-Chan
Korea Republic (4-3-3)
Tae-Yong Shin (Manager)
Sweden Subs
21
J. Durmaz
11
J. Guidetti
14
F. Helander
15
O. Hiljemark
12
K. Johnsson
16
E. Krafth
23
K. Nordfeldt
5
Martin Olsson
19
M. Rohdén
13
G. Svensson
22
I. Thelin
Korea Republic Subs
14
Hong Chul
8
Ju Se-Jong
15
Jung Woo-Young
3
Jung Seung-Hyun
12
Kim Min-Woo
21
Kim Jin-Hyeon
1
Kim Seung-Gyu
22
Ko Yo-Han
10
Lee Seung-Woo
18
Moon Seon-Min
4
Oh Ban-Suk
5
Yun Young-Sun
56% POSSESSION 44%
15 SHOTS 5
4 SHOTS ON GOAL 0
20 FOULS 23
6 CORNERS 5
1 OFFSIDES 0
1 YELLOW CARDS 2
0 RED CARDS 0
0 SAVES 3
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
Group A
1 Russia 2 2 0 0 7 6
2 Uruguay 2 2 0 0 2 6
3 Egypt 2 0 0 2 -3 0
4 Saudi Arabia 2 0 0 2 -6 0
Group B
1 Spain 2 1 1 0 1 4
2 Portugal 2 1 1 0 1 4
3 Iran 2 1 0 1 0 3
4 Morocco 2 0 0 2 -2 0
Group C
1 France 2 2 0 0 2 6
2 Denmark 2 1 1 0 1 4
3 Australia 2 0 1 1 -1 1
4 Peru 2 0 0 2 -2 0
Group D
1 Croatia 2 2 0 0 5 6
2 Nigeria 2 1 0 1 0 3
3 Iceland 2 0 1 1 -2 1
4 Argentina 2 0 1 1 -3 1
Group E
1 Brazil 2 1 1 0 2 4
2 Switzerland 2 1 1 0 1 4
3 Serbia 2 1 0 1 0 3
4 Costa Rica 2 0 0 2 -3 0
Group F
1 Mexico 2 2 0 0 2 6
2 Germany 2 1 0 1 0 3
3 Sweden 2 1 0 1 0 3
4 Korea Republic 2 0 0 2 -2 0
Group G
1 Belgium 2 2 0 0 6 6
2 England 1 1 0 0 1 3
3 Panama 1 0 0 1 -3 0
4 Tunisia 2 0 0 2 -4 0
Group H
1 Japan 1 1 0 0 1 3
2 Senegal 1 1 0 0 1 3
3 Poland 1 0 0 1 -1 0
4 Colombia 1 0 0 1 -1 0
MATCH DETAILS
Tournament FIFA WC 2018 - Week 1
Stadium Stadion Nizhny Novgorod
Match time Mon, 18 Jun 2018, 05:30 PM
Updated: Jun 18, 2018 19:22 PM | Published: Jun 18, 2018 17:15 PM
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