With defending champions Germany looming large in Group F, Sweden and Korea Republic are well aware that their opening match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia could well decide their future in the competition. Also Read - FIFA World Cup 2022 Organisers Hoping For More Indian Eyeballs Than Previous Edition

The game is Sweden’s first in the world finals in 12 years, and while they make their return without their talisman of the last decade, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, they are a solid, well-knit unit that qualified for Russia 2018 at the expense of Italy no less. Also Read - Pele Backs Kylian Mbappe to Become Best Player of His Generation, Says French Forward Can Emulate His Tally of 1000 Goals

As for the South Koreans, who are embarking on their tenth World Cup campaign, they have a very clear objective: to improve on their performance in Brazil four years ago, when they collected a solitary point in the group stage and went home early. Also Read - Manchester City Striker Gabriel Jesus Reflects on His Dipped Form Following World Cup Campaign

(With Inputs from FIFA official website)

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  • 7:28 PM IST

    Sweden manage to hold on to the only goal to beat South Korea 1-0. FULL-TIME

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    80: Substitution: Gustav Svensson in for Sebastian Larsson

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    64: GOOAAAL !!!! Sweden 1-0. Andreas Granqist breaks the deadlock as he converts penalty into goal.

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    64: VAR has been used for the first time in the match. let’s see whether Sweden get a penalty or not? It’s a penalty to Sweden. Andreas Granqist is on it’s way to take a penalty kick.

  • 6:49 PM IST

    58: Hwang wins the ball from Granqvist and he gets into the penalty area.The cross is played across the goal but Jansson is there to block at the near post.

  • 6:43 PM IST

    54: YELLOW! H C HWANG gets booked for a foul. Its a free-kick for Sweden

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    50: J C Koo goes down, it looks serious. The studs of the Swedish player was upon his knees!

  • 6:37 PM IST

    48: Sweden number 10 fires from outside the box, it goes wide! good effort by Sweden.

  • 6:31 PM IST

    Sweden Looked threatening and physical but Korea Republic defended well. Lets see how the story develops in the second half.