Sweden 1-0 South Korea

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Granqvist took full advantage, rolling the ball into the bottom corner to score Sweden's first goal in 402 minutes of worldwide football and secure a crucial three points.

South Korea´s defender Jang Hyun-soo (L) vies for the header with Sweden´s defender Mikael Lustig during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group F football match between Sweden and South Korea at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod on June 18, 2018.

Sweden will next play Germany, which lost to Mexico 1-0 in the other Group F match, on Saturday.

Four minutes later, Cho had to be alert once more to keep out a bullet header by Toivonen, but there was little he could do to prevent the Swedes from opening the scoring five minutes after the hour mark.

South Korea has just two games at the World Cup since its run to the semifinals at home in 2002.

Next up for Sweden is a much bigger challenge as they face Germany on June 23rd in Sochi, with the reigning world champions hungry for their first win of the World Cup following a disappointing 1-0 loss to Mexico in their opening game of Russian Federation 2018. "I've experienced the U-20 World Cup and the Olympics".

Before Granqvist's penalty, Sweden showed most of the attacking intent at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

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When he was finally beaten it was from the spot by Granqvist midway through the second half.

Sweden XI: Robin Olsen; Mikael Lustig, Pontus Jansson, Andreas Granqvist, Ludwig Augustinsson; Viktor Claesson, Albin Ekdal, Sebastian Larsson, Emil Forsberg; Marcus Berg, Ola Toivonen.

South Korea: Cho Hyun-Woo (7), Lee Yong (7), Kim Young-Gwon (7), Jang Hyun-Soo (6), Park Joo-Ho (6), Lee Seung-Woo (6), Koo Ja-Cheol (6), Ki Sung-yueng (7), Lee Jae-Sung (6), Hwang Hee-Chan (6), Heung-Min Son (7). Hwang is unmarked at the back post to meet a devilish corner from the left, but he inexplicitly heads wide from a matter of yards out.

"We switched them around because we didn't want to show our opponents everything and to try and confuse them", Tae-yong told ESPN.

South Korea put on some early pressure before Sweden turned the tide in their favor.

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Sweden apologized for the incident, but South Korea said it was "perfectly natural" for teams to gather information on one another. The 31-year-old attacker is likely to start against South Korea and will be a threat from set-pieces.

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