- A Video Assisted Referee (VAR) aided-penalty in the second half was all that Sweden needed to pip South Korea Republic 1-0 in their Group F opener
- The match referee Joel Aguilar from El Salvador initially missed the call earlier on, but after a second look on the monitor, he revised his decision
- Sweden will now tackle Germany next in their other Group F fixture on Saturday
A Video Assisted Referee (VAR) aided-penalty in the second half was all that Sweden needed to pip South Korea Republic 1-0 in their Group F opener at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Monday.
The match referee Joel Aguilar from El Salvador initially missed the call earlier on, but after a second look on the monitor, he revised his decision to award the penalty.
Television signals captured South Korea substitute Kim Min-woo fouling Viktor Claesson in the vital area before Sweden’s Andreas Granqvist stepped out and converted nicely on the 65th minute. The goals from the spot handed Sweden a first World Cup victory since 2006.
Earlier on in the first half, the European side created series of opportunity in the first hand but failed to convert the numerous chances that came their way.
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Also, in the second half Sweden continued from where they stopped but the goal failed to score until the crucial moment when the goal arrived.
The encounter saw South Korea defender Park Joo-ho was stretchered off during the match.
The 31-year-old was injured while gunning for the ball in the 27th minute of the match.
Before the penalty, Sweden controlled the game and showed most of the intent to score.
South Korea had a chance to stage a comeback in the added time but Hwang Hee-chan failed to connect with a header in front of the goal.
The victory handed Sweden 3 points and see them level on point with Mexico at the top of Group F.
Interestingly, the goal from the spot, ensured Sweden claimed their first World Cup Group game victory for the first time since 1958 and extended their unbeaten run at this stage to ten games.
The European side will now tackle Germany next a fter the defending champions 0-1 loss Mexico 1-0 in the other Group F fixture, on Saturday.
The South Koreans on the other hand will battle Mexico same day.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that defending champions Germany got their title defence off to a losing start after bowing to Mexico in their opening Group F.
PSV Eindoven winger Hirving Lozano fired the south American country to their first victory of the tournament after hitting the Germans on a counter.
The 22-year-old forward dribbled past his opponents before carefully placing the ball beyond Manuel Neuer's reach in the 35th minute of the encounter.
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