Sweden´s midfielder Gustav Svensson (L) and Sweden´s defender Andreas Granqvist embrace following their victory 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. Kim had tripped Claesson, though, and the converted penalty was enough to give Sweden its first World Cup victory since 2006.
Sweden won an opening World Cup game for the first time since 1958 and ended their worrying goal drought with a 1-0 victory over South Korea that was a must-win if they want to progress from a tricky-looking Group F.
Subs: Hiljemark (6), Thelin (6), Svensson (6).
In the second VAR-awarded penalty of the World Cup, Sweden's 33-year-old captain Andreas Granqvist stepped up to sweep the ball low and left of otherwise impressive goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo.
Substitutes: Kim Seung-gyu, Lee Seung-woo, Yun Young-sun, Kim Jin-hyeon, Jung Woo-young, Ju Se-jong, Moon Seon-min, Hong Chul, Ko Yo-han, Jung Seung-hyun, Oh Ban-suk, Kim Min-woo.
Sweden and South Korean will take to the field tonight, 10PM our time.
Berg was denied again nine minutes later by a desperate last-ditch block from Kim Young-gwon.
Sweden were then presented with the opportunity to break the deadlock midway through the second half, courtesy of VAR.
Sweden throughout much of the first half, and Marcus Berg almost put his side up first in the 21st minute, but Jo stopped his close-range shot, from just outside the box, with the inside of his right knee.
Defeat will be a huge blow to South Korea who will now likely need to beat Germany and Mexico to progress to the last 16 of the competition.
Sweden will next play Germany, which lost to Mexico 1-0 in the other Group F match, on Saturday.
Sweden then got the breakthrough their positive approach deserved after Kim's clumsy challenge on Claesson.
When Sweden needed a match victor, the captain, Granqvist, stepped up and delivered for Andersson's side.