Sweden vs. South Korea
Group F, Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
The sport turned chippy at across the 54th minute when Hwang Hee-Chan delivered a kick to the decrease again of Ludwig Augustinsson as he lay on the pitch and, not lengthy afterward, Sweden broke by with a aim.
Hwang was given a swift yellow card, however Sweden couldn’t convert and moments later Viktor Claesson was given a yellow card for lunging at Hwang.
In the 64th minute, a sliding Kim Min-Woo was slapped with a penalty after referees reviewed the decision and Swedish captain Andreas Granqvist transformed on the kick, giving Sweden a 1-Zero lead.
Just after halftime, South Korea had an ideal scoring probability by Koo Ja-Cheol, who solely moments earlier than had rolled on the bottom in agony after Bo Larsson stepped on his higher calf.
Scoreless at half
Expectations for this sport weren’t nice, and it has lived up — or down — to these, with end-to finish motion, loads of fouls (25) and 0 scoring at halftime.
The Guardian’s Rob Smyth was succinct: “This is poor. Sweden have been the better team, but only in the sense that gout is better than gangrene.”
Oof. Still, the assembly of groups The Post’s Steven Goff picked to complete third and fourth, respectively, in Group F has new significance as a result of, after Germany’s shocking loss to Mexico, the winner of this match has an opportunity to vault over the Germans in Group F.
South Korea got here out sturdy, pressuring Sweden even because it raised the query of whether or not South Korea might sustain the depth. Twenty-one minutes into the match, South Korea’s Jo Hyeong-Woo made a stellar cease on Marcus Berg, who couldn’t consider his misfortune.
Shortly earlier than halftime, Sweden had an opportunity, with Mikael Lustig sending a cross towards the aim. Claesson, nevertheless, mistimed his header into an opponent and over the aim.
As ESPN factors out, the Swedes haven’t received of their final seven World Cup openers and South Korea is winless in its final six World Cup matches.
Park Joo-Ho went down with a proper leg damage, placing South Korea at a drawback.
Slightly over an hour earlier than kickoff, Sweden introduced that Pontus Jansson would start over Victor Lindelof, who’s underneath the climate.
This sport is probably going to attract quite a lot of Italy followers who will hate-watch, nonetheless more than a little salty about how Sweden bounced the Azzurri from the match. A gaggle of Italian followers in Canada took out an advert in a Swedish newspaper, explaining how they’d be rooting for “Everyone but Sweden!”
Don’t inform the Swedes, who’ve turned out in droves (reportedly over 30,000 are in Russia, in contrast with round 2,000 South Korean followers).
One of Asia’s most constant performers, South Korea — which has certified for each World Cup since 1986 — superior by a weak qualifying part. Coach Uli Stielike was fired halfway by qualifying after a loss to Qatar and ties within the nation’s final two video games. He was changed by Shin Tae-yong.
There have been accusations main as much as World Cup that Sweden was spying on South Korea’s exercises and Shin alluded to that, telling reporters: “We put four different numbers on our players’ shirts in training to confuse Swedish spies. Europeans can’t tell our players apart by their faces.”
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When: Monday, June 18, eight a.m. Eastern
How to observe on TV: FS1.
How to stream on-line: Fox Sports and the Fox Soccer Match Pass apps and FoxSportsGo.com.
How to observe in Spanish: Telemundo.
How to observe in Canada: Bell Media’s TSN and CTV networks, the TSN GO app and TSN.ca/live.
- Last World Cup exhibiting: Round of 16, 2006.
- Best end: Runner-up to Brazil in 1958, when the match was in Sweden.
- Notable: Sweden is a four-time semifinalist, however this marks its first journey to the World Cup since 2004. It additionally superior to the spherical of 16 in 1998 and 2002.
- FIFA world rating: 24. ELO world rating: 22.
- Last World Cup exhibiting: Group stage, 2014.
- Best end: Fourth in 2002, when the match was staged in South Korea and Japan.
- Notable: This marks South Korea’s 10th look in World Cup play.
- FIFA world rating: 57. ELO world rating: 39.
Players to observe
Sweden’s Emil Forsberg has a knack for killer feeds, however don’t hassle in search of Zlatan Ibrahimovic; he isn’t taking part in for the Swedish nationwide group anymore. Jakob Johansson, whose aim despatched Sweden into the World Cup, will miss the match with a knee damage. The star of the South Korean group, Tottenham’s Son Heung-min, is understood for his counterattacking capability and will be essentially the most recognizable participant for a lot of American followers. (He had 18 objectives and 11 assists for Tottenham this season.)
Belgium vs. Panama: High hopes for the Red Devils (11 a.m. Eastern)
Sweden: vs. Germany in Sochi, June 23, 2 p.m.
South Korea: vs. Mexico in Rostov-on-Don, June 23, 11 a.m.
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