Sweden 1-0 South Korea: 5 things we learned

Sweden came out on top in a dour affair with South Korea that was settled by a VAR-gifted penalty.

by Jon Mackenzie

REUTERS/Matthew Childs

After the frenetic excitement of the weekend, a less excitable World Cup match was on the cards. There will have been little surprise, perhaps, that the encounter between South Korea and Sweden would provide it.

As both teams huffed and puffed their way towards parity, Kim Min-woo brought down Victor Claesson in the box and, after the referee allowed play to continue, the Video Assistant Referee asked him to take another look.

When Andreas Granqvist slotted the ball away cooly, it very much looked as though that was that. South Korea did fashion a number of chances but it proved to be insufficient to affect the scoreline.

With Germany losing on Sunday, the result puts Sweden in poll position in the group. However, a result will be needed against one of Germany and Mexico if the Scandinavians are to progress.

Here are five things we learned from the game:

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Jon Mackenzie