VAR decides again as Swedes see off Korea

VAR decides again as Swedes see off Korea

VAR decides again as Swedes see off Korea

South Korean captain Ki Sung-yueng will act as a deep-lying playmaker behind Koo Ja-cheol and Lee Jae-sung. The Swedish staffer thought the training session was open, Andersson said, and left when asked.

"We had already talked about things like giving the ball away and lack of cover".

"They might know a few of our players, but it is very hard for Westerners to distinguish between Asians and that's why we did that".

The plan may have backfired on the Koreans though as they lost to Senegal 2-0, and drew with Bolivia 0-0 in their final warm-up games for Russian Federation.

"I think definitely", Andersson said, "the goalie was their best".

Next up for the Swedes is an intriguing encounter against Germany in Sochi on June 23.

Jacobsson had apparently rented a house in the town of Leogang, near Salzburg to "spy" on Sweden's first opponents. He added: "It's been made a mountain out of a molehill".

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The win was reward for Sweden's more attacking approach, but it was unsurprising the victor came from the penalty spot in a game between two sides who had only managed two goals between them in seven games heading into Russian Federation. Andersson also said he had a full squad of players to choose from and pretty much knew which team he would pick, but refused to reveal more details.

"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 yesterday. "I was just focused on this game and wanted to win it but, looking ahead, the opportunities for us now are so much greater after winning". Now that Zlatan has taken retirement, 26-year-old Emil Forsberg is expected to show the same skills he showed in the play-offs against Italy.

Having qualified by finishing second behind Iran in a six-team group, they were hoping to at least match their efforts of 2010 when they reached the last 16 in South Africa.

South Korea and Sweden found themselves scoreless at halftime in their World Cup Group F showdown on Monday.

Marcus Berg had the best chance of the first half when he was put clear on goal in the 21st minute and had his close-range shot blocked by the right leg of Jo, South Korea's third-choice goalkeeper.

When: Monday, June 18 at 5 a.m. - The first shot in this match came after exactly 20 minutes - the second longest wait for a first attempt in a World Cup match since 1966 (20:59, Netherlands vs Costa Rica in 2014).

After 14 minutes we had been treated to ten fouls already, an indictment of the type of game this was. They are the official broadcasters of the tournament.

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