Russian Federation 2018 Watch: Spot-on Swedes see off South Korea

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Andreas Granqvist scores a second-half penalty, awarded through the use of VAR, as Sweden grind out a 1-0 win against South Korea in Nizhny Novgorod.

Sweden's well-organized defense comfortably contained the attack of South Korea, which failed to muster much of a response to Granqvist's goal, and the game petered out over the last 20 minutes.

He said: "I think we showed an excellent attitude out on the pitch".

Thousands of "Red Devils" South Korean fans, many clad in the team's signature scarlet and chanting "Go Korea!" gathered at major thoroughfares and football stadiums across the country to watch the opening game.

"Of course it is a bit different, because when I play at Tottenham, every player is one of the best players", Son said.

Gaining three-points over a weak South Korea, following Germany's loss, will place them in a comfortable position.

Shin's men will next face Mexico, who beat defending champions Germany 1-0 on Sunday and will hope for a better result if they are to improve on their showing from four years ago when they finished bottom of their group with a solitary point. I really want the players to take advantage of this opportunity. But in a squad containing only five players that ply their trade outside of Asia, Son is the only Korean player anywhere near elite level. Each of these teams will need to raise their game above the choppy level of play seen today.

"Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose".

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Sweden is sitting pretty after its first World Cup 2018 game.

Die Mannschaft are still expected to progress to the knockouts, but if Sweden can upset them or even draw their tie, then matters may not be in their hands.

Ki Sung-yueng says he has no problem getting tough with his South Korea team-mates if it helps them to make the most of their World Cup campaign. "If we win against Germany, we are through. That was the attitude from the players coming into the match", Shin told a news conference. "I think I just performed like I've been preparing for this match".

Kim's foul wasn't the only problem for South Korea, who didn't put one shot on target despite a solid start.

However, the European nation dominated their Asian opponents for the most part and the decisive moment came in the 62nd minute when match referee Joel Chicas awarded the Swedes a penalty. "That was probably why the Swedish keeper became bored".

Sweden, competing at the tournament for the first time since 2006, won a 65th-minute penalty after the South's Kim Min-woo brought down Viktor Claesson in the box.

"We all try to get as much information on each other as we can", said Shin. "We do agree that it was a good call".