Sweden gets benefit of video review to beat South Korea

Sweden gets benefit of video review to beat South Korea

Sweden now have the chance to all but knock Germany out of the tournament on Saturday, while South Korea face Mexico desperately needing a win to maintain their hopes of qualifying for the knock-out stages.

South Korea took on Sweden on Monday and were looking to capitalise on Germany's shock defeat to Mexico the day before.

It was little surprise, then, that when they headed into half time 0-0 against South Korea on Monday, it had been 382 minutes since they scored a goal.

There have been several uses of VAR so far at the World Cup, despite us not being out of the first round of matches.

Sweden dominated the first half but struggled to break through and needed VAR to come to the rescue when Hwang Hee-Chan brought down Viktor Claesson in the penalty area in the 63rd minute.

Sweden's Andreas Granqvist, left, celebrates after opening the scoring from the penalty spot.

Although Sweden used the video review to win, it was the better team and showed most of the attacking intent.

In the second half, Jo started with a denial on Ola Toivonen's header in the 56th.

"Germany are the ones faced with a dilemma".

In both countries' first match at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation the decisive moment was the spot-kick awarded thanks to VAR. "I just wanted to play without regret".

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The referee initially played on following Lee's challenge on Claesson before halting play with South Korea on the attack and pointing to the penalty spot after being given advice from VAR and watching the replay on the pitchside screen.

"Without Ibrahimovic, they were able to work stronger as a team". Sweden is now without striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who retired after the 2016 European Championship and ultimately failed in a bid to make a comeback to the squad for Russian Federation. Or what was running through his mind as Berg snatched at a chance in the 29th minute. It defies rationality to think that having the LA Galaxy striker on the bench wouldn't have strengthened Sweden's chances.

Sweden are unbeaten in all five of their previous meetings with South Korea (W3 D2).

Swedish coach Janne Andersson admitted that one of his scouts, Lasse Jacobsson, covertly watched South Korea in training. It was a novel tactic.

Tottenham's Son Heung-min created a rare Korea opportunity as he broke away from Granqvist but he was unable to pick out a colleague in the box. One particular photo grabbed many eyeballs and became the highlight on the micro-blogging site.

Against Sweden, he was wasted.

"Anyone who has seen Marcus Berg play knows he will score all three chances next time around", he said.

Its more like Son vs Sweden.

It is expected that Swedish fans will vastly outnumber South Korean supporters at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, but Shin said his players can handle the atmosphere.

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