As it happened: Andreas Granqvist earns Sweden victory from the spot.

As it happened: Andreas Granqvist earns Sweden victory from the spot.

James Rees
Sweden(4-4-2) Olsen; Augustinsson, Granqvist, Jansson, Lustig; Claesson, Larsson (Svensson 81'), Ekdal (Hiljemark 71'), Forsberg; Berg, Toivonen (Thelin 77').
South Korea(4-3-3) Cho Hyun-woo; Lee Yong, Jang Hyun-soo, Kim Young-gwon, Park Joo-ho (Kim Min-woo 28'); Lee Jae-sung, Ki Sung-yueng, Koo Ja-cheol (Lee Seung-woo 72'); Son Heung-min, Kim Shin-wook (Jung Woo-young 66'), Hwang Hee-chan.
SCORE1-0, Granqvist 65' (P).
REFEREEJoel Aguilar (SLV). Booked: Kim Shin-wook (12'), Hwang Hee-chan (55'), Claesson (61').
INCIDENTSFIFA World Cup Group F match at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod.
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Andreas Granqvist's second half penalty, awarded after an excellent use of VAR, is the difference between the two sides, and it was a deserved victory for Sweden, as limited as they seemed. South Korea looked better after their substitutions but Son failed to have the influence they really needed him to have.

FULL TIME. Sweden 1-0 South Korea.

90+4: Lustig down on the edge of the box, possibly with cramp. Should buy the time his team needs.

90+3: Svensson needlessly puts the ball out for a corner. Played short again. Son gets it back but he cut back comes off a couple of defenders. Appeals for handball but the referee declines. Off the chest of Granqvist.

90+2: Hwang with a big chance that goes begging. A ball into the box is headed into his path by Lee JS, yet he is only able to nudge it wide. That might have been the chance.

90: South Korea continue to try. Ki ends up put the ball out. Four minutes added on for them to find an equaliser.

89: Kim MW with a cross from the left, Svensson clears it.

88: Lee Yong tries to come forward, Forsberg covers him though and ends up winning a foul.

86: South Korea are having more of the ball now it seems, but still not doing enough to force an equaliser.

83: The ball ends up back with the defence. It's booted up the field but it's too heavy for Lee JS to claim in the box.

82: Son, of course, is the man to take it. He only succeeds in finding a Swedish head. A Lee SW shot then earns a corner as it comes off Granqvist.

81: Larsson having to hobble off here, with Gustav Svensson the man to replace him. Hwang on the floor again and earns his side a free-kick.

79: Lee SW to Son but with two defenders in front of him on the edge of the box, he loses his footing and the ball. A further delay shortly after with Larsson down.

78: Son gets his head on a ball into the box, Hwang slips as he tries to meet it, however.

77: Toivonen makes way for Thelin as the Swedes make their second alteration.

75Isaac Kiese Thelin preparing to come on as Sweden take an age to take a throw-in.

73: Berg and Jang Hyun-soo's heads come together, with the Swede coming off the worse. He should be ok though.

72: South Korea now make their final change. Koo makes way for Lee Seung-woo, once of Barcelona but now of Hellas Verona.

71: Corner fails to beat the first man. Put back in towards the box, only for Claesson to skew it wide. His side then make their first change, with Ekdal making way for Oscar Hiljemark.

70: Toivonen and then Berg with the ball in the box but both ultimately blocked out by the Korean defence. Sweden get a corner though, their sixth of the game.

69: A half chance for Sweden - Forsberg blocked.

66: A second change for South Korea, one that they had been prepared to make for a few minutes. Jung Woo-young is on with Kim SW off.

65: Despite the surprise of the ITV commentators he is a penalty taker, with three goals out of three in qualifying for his country, and he coolly slots it in towards his right, with Cho going the wrong way.


64: Kim MW with the challenge on Claesson and it doesn't look like there was much contact with the ball - PENALTY! The right decision.

63: Aguilar is going to the screen...

62: A good move from Sweden but a Forsberg ball is cleared. It's back into the box and there's huge appeals for a penalty but referee plays on and South Korea counter. And here comes VAR...

61: A first yellow to Sweden as Claesson fouls Hwang.Lee Young also down, although the physios aren't allowed on to see to him.

60: The corner is played short. Lee JS tries to put it into the box but it's put out for another corner. Short again. Ki loses it.

59: Hwang does well on the right to beat Granqvist, he has options in the box but Jansson clears as he goes looking for them.

58: Ekdal fouls Koo on the edge of the Korean box.

57: Ki instigates a counter attack but it fizzles out in the end.

56: And Sweden come close again, as Cho blocks the header on the free-kick from Toivonen.

55: A second yellow card for the Koreans for Hwang, fouling Augustinsson out on the side of the pitch. A chance for Larsson to whip one in.

54: Toivonen gets his head on a long ball but Ki is able to clear the danger, with an attempted Korean break coming to little.

52: Koo recovers quickly to have his team's best chance so far, heading a cross on the near post into the side netting.

51Koo Ja-cheol in pain after brought down and accidentally stamped on by Larsson. At least I think it was an accident.

49: Oooh... Toivonen goes over the top to Claesson who lays it off to Forsberg, a good chance but his shot is rather wayward.

48: A low Lee Yong cross for South Korea, easily taken by Olsen.

47: A long Swedish through claimed in the air by Cho.

46: Back underway. No further changes at the break.

The players are back on the pitch for the second half.

Sweden are the better team, and have had a few good chances, but need more accuracy in front of goal. South Korea need to utilise the pace of Son more, he seems their only real threat. Kim SW has laboured up front and is on a yellow card.

HALF TIME. Sweden 0-0 South Korea.

45+2: Sweden moving the ball around well. Lustig eventually with an excellent cross into the box, Claesson heads it wide off a defender. That's cleared by Cho.

45+1: Two minutes added on.

44: Larsson with the latest corner. Perhaps a little overhit. Headed away to Forsberg who's shot is block, then Granqvist with a weak shot saved by Cho.

43: Down the other end there's a chance for Berg out of nothing but again he fails to make the most of it. The ball's put back in the box and Ki gets the ball away from the feet of Toivonen. Sweden now want a penalty but nothing doing once more.

42: South Korea do well to deal with the Swedish press, with Lee Jae-sung eventually finding Son. He goes down under pressure from Augustinsson but it didn't look enough for a penalty.

39Ludwig Augustinsson shakes off Son to put a cross in from Sweden's left, but it's headed away by a Korean defender.

37: Forsberg goes down up the field but the referee allows Korea and Ki to break on the counter. It breaks down in the box but Sweden should perhaps have had a free-kick.

36: Berg and Forsberg try to create something from the left of the box, but the latter ends up putting the ball out for a goal-kick.

34: Son with a charging run down the right with Granqvist unable to stop him this time, however Sweden get back and it is in fact Granqvist there to deal with the cut-back.

33: Long ball aimed at Berg but he strays offside.

32: The free-kick fails to create a chance as Kim SW is penalised for a foul on Ekdal.

31: Granqvist blocks Son with his arm as he tries to charge forward. The Swede goes down claiming injury and gets away without a yellow card.

29: The corner poses a real danger. Berg with the shot but Kim YG with a great interception to put it out for another corner. South Korea win a free-kick in the box from that.

28: Lee Yong heads clear a free-kick whipped in from the left. Kim Min-woo on for the stricken Park.

27: Park Joo-ho is in trouble as he goes for a ball in the air and falls off the pitch. Looks like he'll need to go off - hamstring it seems.

26Mikael Lustig's cross from the right is easily claimed by Cho.

25: Hwang and Forsberg get tangled out and both go down. Hwang's leading foot went into Forsberg's shin. Both are Red Bull men of course. They're are back up soon enough though.

22: Sweden seem to be uping the intensity at the moment. South Korea's defending isn't the best so it'll be interesting to see how their hold up.

21: The resulting corner is headed wide by Toivonen.

20: FIRST BIG CHANCE! South Korea fail to clear their lines and the loose ball falls to Berg. A great chance to score but Cho does well to keep it out.

18: Kim Young-gwon comes to the rescue to dispossess Andreas Granqvist in the box has he tries to complete a one-two with Berg.

15: 11 fouls already in the first 15 minutes. It's going to be that kind of game I think. Meanwhile a ball forward from Sebastian Larsson doesn't quite come off, before a break from Son is dealt with as well.

13: Clever pass from Claesson to Berg, but Lee Yong clears. Claesson is able a few moments later to put it back in, but Cho this times claims the ball.

12: First yellow card of the game for Kim SW as he slides in on Ekdal. He's not in the team for his tackling, that's for sure.

11: Park with a cross that's a little wayward.

10: Forsberg now giving a free-kick in the middle of the park. South Korea can't make the most of the opportunity, but do eventually win another a little further up. The ball is given away but they deal with the danger.

Possible omen - it's 16 years to the day since South Korea's famous victory over Italy in the last-16 of the 2002 World Cup.

6: Son whips the latest free-kick from the left, however Sweden earn a free-kick of their own as Kim Shin-wook competes for the ball.

5: A Korean set piece comes to little, with Robin Olsen guiding it away from danger. Claesson then guilty of giving away another foul.

3: Ki fouled in his own half by Viktor Claesson.

2: Early signs are Ki are in defence. Meanwhile the first free-kick as Lee Yong fouls Albin Ekdal.

0: We're underway.

Sweden are in their traditional yellow and blue, with South Korea in their change kit of all white.

The anthems are done. It's almost time for kick-off on day five of the 2018 World Cup.

The players are out on a warm afternoon in southwest Russia. The Swedish national anthem is up first.

South Korea have opted for Cho Hyun-woo in goal over the more-experienced, but error-prone, Kim Seung-gyuKim Shin-wook leads the line with Hwang Hee-chan and Son either side of him in a 4-3-3, although it could prove to be three at the back after all, with Ki Sung-yueng dropping into defence.

For Sweden, Manchester United's Victor Lindelof is out through illness, so he is replaced by Pontus Jansson of Championship side Leeds United. Otherwise it's pretty much as expected for them.

South Korea: (4-3-3) Cho Hyun-woo; Lee Yong, Jang Hyun-soo, Kim Young-gwon, Park Joo-ho; Lee Jae-sung, Ki Sung-yueng, Koo Ja-cheol; Hwang Hee-chan, Kim Shin-wook, Son Heung-min.

Sweden: (4-4-2) Olsen; Augustinsson, Granqvist, Jansson, Lustig; Claesson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Berg, Toivonen.

Welcome back, the teams are in, and there's a couple of surprises...

That is all for now. I will return shortly for all the team news ahead of this encounter at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Whilst waiting for kick-off, at 13.00 BST (15.00 local time), don’t forget to check out our ‘interview’ with all of the Group F teams.

Joel Aguilar from El Salvador is today’s referee. He is assisted by fellow-countryman Juan Zumba, as well as Juan Carlos Mora from Costa Rica. Norbert Hauata from Tahiti is the fourth official today.

The vast majority of the 43,319 capacity at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Monday is expected to be Sweden fans, however Shin is unconcerned and hopes his team will be able to use its “experiences on big stages around the world.” He cheekily added that “even though the fans might be from Sweden, we’d think of them as Korean fans cheering for us.”

After losing several players in the build-up to the tournament through injury, there are few concerns in their 23-man squad, with Lee Yong is expected to be fit to start at right-back despite sustaining a gash to the head against Senegal. Personnel will otherwise be determined by the shape, with Hwang Hee-chan or Kim Shin-wook expected to partner Son up front.

John Guidetti has a foot problem which might make him doubt but otherwise Sweden have a full quota of players to choose from. Marcus Berg and Ola Toivonen are the most likely front two in any case, with much expected of Emil Forsberg on the left-wing after a couple of impressive seasons with RB Leipzig in Germany.

Alternatively, Shin Tae-yong could shape his side up with three at the back and look to exploit the spaces in the Sweden set-up, however they have looked vulnerable defensively when testing a 3-5-2, most notable in the 4-1 defeat to Bosnia.

In terms of tactics, both sides are expected to line-up in a 4-4-2 formation. Sweden will be well-organised and will look to sit back and force South Korea to try to take the initiative, to which Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min will be pivotal, but if they are unable to do that it could prove a drab encounter.

After a difficult qualifying campaign, South Korea have also struggled to impress in their four warm-up matches since the end of May. They beat Honduras, however they then lost heavily to Bosnia and Herzegovina, were held to a goalless draw by Bolivia and then lost a behind-closed-doors meeting with Senegal last Monday.

The lack of goals is the big concern for Sweden, which coach Janne Andersson addressed at Sunday’s pre-match press conference, saying that there are “many different ways to score” within their style of play. “We have worked a little bit more on our attack now in the last few days,” he continued, “and I hope that tomorrow it will work and we will score.”

Sweden reached the tournament with a hard-fought play-off victory over four-time winners Italy, however in the four matches since then they have failed to win. They lost to Chile and Romania in March, with goalless draws against Denmark and Peru in the run-up to the tournament.

These sides have met just four times before, most recently in two friendlies in 2005 that both finished as draws. Sweden had previously won a meeting in 1996, whilst their only competitive meeting, in the 1948 Olympic Games in London, finished 12-0 in the Swedes favour. Anything like that is not expected today, mind.

South Korea are in a ninth-successive tournament, and tenth overall but have only advanced from the group stages twice, in 2010 and, more famously, in 2002 when they went all the way to the semi-finals in their home World Cup. Sweden’s best performance also came at home, reaching the final in 1958.

This is, a little surprisingly, Sweden’s first game in a World Cup finals since 2006, when they reached the last-16, having failed to qualify for the 2010 and 2014 tournaments, and they are of course without Zlatan Ibrahimović, who retired from international football after UEFA Euro 2016.

The smart money before the tournament was on Sweden and Mexico battling it out to join holders Germany in progressing from this group. Mexico's win on Sunday has thrown the group wide open, but probably makes victory even more essential for these two sides.

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK’s coverage of the first game of day 5 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group F between Sweden and South Korea in Nizhny Novgorod. I’m James Rees and I’ll be talking you through today’s game.