FIFA 2018: VAR penalty gives Sweden a narrow win over South Korea

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South Korea opened their 2018 World Cup campaign in Russian Federation with a 1-0 defeat, as Sweden claimed a narrow win in Nizhny Novgorodthis afternoon.

Korea lost to Sweden 1-0 in Nizhny Novgorod in its first match of the World Cup in Russian Federation on Monday.

Resilient Sweden held firm after the goal and the Hwang late scare aside, and a half-hearted South Korea appeal for a penalty, their defence rarely looked troubled. But I do not want to believe it affects us too much.

[He] said he deliberately made his team wear different numbered shirts in recent friendlies to confuse World Cup opponents who can not tell his players apart. I don't think that that's bad.

The deadlock in this hard fought battle was finally broken after VAR was utilised to judge on an obvious penalty after Kim Min-Woo's clumsy challenge on Viktor Claesson in the box.

"We have to focus on our defensive side first so that we don't concede and then maybe we can get something on the counter attack or from set pieces".

Getting out of Group F is a realistic target for the Swedes but will have a tough time against experienced campaigners South Korea & Mexico along with defending World Champions Germany.

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"It took a long auto journey up the mountains to reach the house, but it was a ideal spot to observe the Korean team's training", Lars Jacobsson, a member of the Swedish coaching staff, said on Sunday.

"I feel great when people say good things about me but what's important is that I have to show it on the pitch".

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South Korea's 23-man squad took a chartered flight from Saint Petersburg to land in Nizhny Novgorod, where they will take on Sweden for their Group F opening match at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Monday.

Ki, who was only 21 at his first World Cup in South Africa in 2010, added: "Compared to 2010, I've got a little bit older".

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. That win is also their only clean sheet in their last 12 matches in the competition.

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