Live score, FIFA World Cup 2018, Novogorod, Sweden 1-0 South Korea

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Live score, FIFA World Cup 2018, Novogorod, Sweden 1-0 South Korea

Andersson's counterpart, Shin, a former star for the national team as a player who rose up the ranks after coaching South Korea's youth teams, seemed to take the whole thing in stride.

There's been some controversy in the build-up to Monday afternoon's World Cup opener between Sweden and South Korea. "I was pretty sure", Granqvist said of the wait. "We got the penalty, we scored, and then it was just a fight to the end".

Sweden are back in the tournament for the first time since 2006.

Substitute Kim Min-woo appeared to have hacked down Viktor Claesson, and, after initially waving away furious appeals from Swedish players, referee Joel Aguilar consulted VAR and eventually pointed to the spot. He later signalled for a review by the video assistant referees, who determined that Kim committed a foul after all by tackling Claesson without touching the ball.

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.

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Taeguk Warriors coach Shin Tae-yong told reporters Sunday that his team swapped around their numbers after a member of Sweden's coaching staff was caught trying to spy on their closed training session in Austria earlier this month.

Mexico, who top the group on three points alongside Sweden, are next up for South Korea on Saturday in Rostov.

Looking at what both Sweden and South Korea had to offer and it is hard to see past Germany and Mexico in this group.

Shin fielded Jo, the team's third-choice goalkeeper, because he is the tallest of the three keepers and the Koreans wanted to use his height against the Swedes.

South Korea: Cho Hyun-Woo 8, Lee Yong 6, Kim Young-Gwon 8, Jang Hyun-Soo 6, Park Joo-Ho 6, Lee Seung-Woo 6, Koo Ja-Cheol 6, Ki Sung-yueng 6, Lee Jae-Sung 6, Hwang Hee-Chan 6, Son Heung-Min 6.

"Without Ibrahimovic, they were able to work stronger as a team". He is the tallest player on South Korea's team at 1.97 meters (6-5 1/2).

The 23-year-old has stayed behind at Sweden's team hotel and will take no part in the match.

"We need to dare to do even more", the coach said. "We have worked a little bit more on our attack now in the last few days and I hope that tomorrow it will work and we will score".

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

South Korea has just two games at the World Cup since its run to the semifinals at home in 2002.

The Manchester United centre-back was expected to start the match alongside Andreas Granqvist in Nizhny Novgorod, but he has been replaced by Pontus Jansson.

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