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Saturday 17 November 2018

VAR is Swede for Granqvist

Sweden 1 South Korea 0

Andreas Granqvist scores for Sweden from the penalty spot. Photo: REUTERS/Murad Sezer
Andreas Granqvist scores for Sweden from the penalty spot. Photo: REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Sweden coach Janne Andersson questioned why VAR needed to be used in his side's World Cup victory over South Korea - but was pleased it was.

The Swedes opened their campaign in Russia with a 1-0 victory in Nizhny Novgorod after technology was used to award them a second-half spot-kick.

Captain Andreas Granqvist tucked home from 12 yards but Andersson wondered why referee Joel Aguilar did not penalise Lee Jae-sung for a foul on Viktor Claesson unaided. Andersson said: "I do question a little bit the VAR in this case - it wasn't even needed, it was crystal clear.

"From the position the referee had, he could have blown for the penalty straight away. The wait was unnecessary.

"But, if for some reason he missed it, it was excellent he was able to use the VAR."

With World Cup holders Germany having been beaten by Mexico in their first match, Sweden's victory has put them in a strong position in Group F. Andersson said: "Germany's defeat did possibly make it more important to win."

South Korea's Kim Min-woo brings down Viktor Claesson in the penalty area. Photo: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
South Korea's Kim Min-woo brings down Viktor Claesson in the penalty area. Photo: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
South Korea players greet the fans following their defeat at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
South Korea players greet the fans following their defeat at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

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