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NT Defeated by Sweden

Date : 2018.06.19 View : 1176
Korea Republic National Football Team led by head coach SHIN Taeyong lost at the first group stage match with Sweden National Football Team by the score of 0-1. The match was held on the 18th at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Russia. The goal was made by Andreas Granqvist, the captain of Sweden, at 20’ of the second half through penalty kick. Losing the first group stage match with Sweden, Team Korea will hold the second match with Mexico on the midnight of 24th at Rostov-On-Don Stadium.

Team Korea kicked off with 4-3-3 formation. KIM Shinwook(Jeonbuk Hyundai) was placed at the front with SON Heungmin(Tottenham Hotspur) and HWANG Heechan(FC Red Bull Salzburg) at both sides. KOO Jacheol(Augsburg), LEE Jaesung(Jeonbuk Hyundai) and KI Sungyueng(Swansea City) were at the center, making an inverted triangle shape, followed by PARK Jooho(Ulsan Hyundai), KIM Younggwon(Guangzhou Evergrande), JANG Hyunsoo(Tokyo FC) and LEE Yong(Jeonbuk Hyundai) as defenders. JO Hyeonwoo(Daegu FC) kept the goal post.

At the start of the game, both teams went fierce. Although Team Korea had more chances, it was Sweden that led the counter-attacks. Team Korea lost a point at 20’ of the second half. KIM Minwoo conceded a penalty following confirmation by VAR while trying to tackle Viktor Claesson within the penalty box. With the given penalty kick, Andreas Granqvist scored a goal.

Team Korea continuously pushed hard, trying to pierce through the Swedish defense, but to no avail. Passes to SON Heungmin and HWANG Heechan from both sides were missed or blocked by Swedish defenders. Korea Republic tried to find their way back to the game until the extra time, but there were no scores, losing the game by the score of 0-1.

<2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group F Group Stage 1st Match (June 18th, Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Russia)>
Korea Republic 0 - 1 Sweden
Goals: Andreas Granqvist(65’, Sweden)
Entry List: JO Hyeonwoo(GK), PARK Jooho(28’ to KIM Minwoo), KIM Younggwon, JANG Hyunsoo, LEE Yong, KOO Jacheol(72’ to LEE Seungwoo), KI Sungyueng, LEE Jaesung, SON Heungmin, KIM Shinwook(66’ to JUNG Wooyoung), HWANG Heechan

Words=Ahn Kihee
Photos=KFA