All Eyes On Son Heung-min As South Korea Take On Sweden

Sweden and South Korea meet on Monday

That was the case Monday morning when Sweden defeated South Korea 1-0 in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group F opener.

Sweden's well-organized defense comfortably contained the attack of South Korea, which failed to muster much of a response to Granqvist's goal, and the game petered out over the last 20 minutes.

"It's very important we show respect to all our opponents in all circumstances. if someone could interpret it in another way we regret it".

South Korea are likely deploy the center back duo of Jang Hyun-soo and Kim Young-gwon, who are now the most experienced defenders on the squad. We have to accept this result and reorganise ourselves for Mexico.

South Korea could only garner a single point at the group stages during 2014 and there's little reason for them to be optimistic with this, the worst team they've had for some time. It is now tied for first place in Group F with Mexico, which beat Germany 1-0.

"[Mexico] is a very tough team".

Skipper Andreas Granqvist said at the same press conference that the players could not wait to start the match.

"Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose".

The astonishing claim came just 24 hours before his side open their World Cup campaign against Sweden, a seemingly tame encounter which has been spiced up by claims of spying as well as the Korean coach's shirt subterfuge. "I was surprised of course [by Mexico's victory], but still for me Germany is one of the best teams in the world". But it's football and the decision was a penalty, of course it's disappointing.

Die Mannschaft are still expected to progress to the knockouts, but if Sweden can upset them or even draw their tie, then matters may not be in their hands. The South Koreans never really threatened in a game disrupted by over 40 fouls.

"Pressure-wise for me, I think it's a lot less, but now I'm captain and I feel a stronger sense of responsibility".

He needn't have anxious too much about apologizing as South Korea's Shin recognized that at the World Cup, every team will try and get an edge.

The Swedes were rewarded for an enterprising performance in which they created a series of goalscoring chances.

"I think definitely", Andersson said, "the goalie was their best". "That was probably why the Swedish keeper became bored".

Sweden's breakthrough goal eventually arrived 25 minutes from time thanks to the use of VAR, which saw referee Aguilar correctly rectify his initial call when substitute Kim Min-woo lunged in on Claesson inside the box.

Sweden's ploy did not faze the Koreans, insisted Shin, who said such in-depth analysis of opponents was now the worldwide norm.

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