After a successful start to the world cup, the relieved swedes immediately set their sights on another goal. "Germany is the next opponent we want to beat," coach janne andersson said after his charges’ 1-0 start against sudkorea.
Saturday’s duel with the stumbling world champions in sochi is taking on an explosive quality not thought possible: the swedes can knock out the defending champions with a win. This would have been the first first-round exit for germany in its glorious world cup history – and the second win in the second match would probably mean a safe qualification for the eighth finals for the three-crowned team.
"They have to win now, it won’t be easy," warned matchwinner andreas granqvist, who scored the winner with a penalty kick (65 minutes) in a low-scoring match against very weak asians. Minute) the decision was made by. "It’s wonderful that we won. But mexico’s win makes the group a little tougher for us," said the 33-year-old captain, who also impressed as a tackler and leader.
The swedes had to play the game themselves in an unaccustomed role and had a hard time doing so for a long time. One thing is clear: andersson and his eleven expect a completely different game against the world champions, who are under a lot of pressure from national coach joachim low. "After mexico’s success, it was even more important for us to get the first three points, too," the coach stressed. He was "happy and proud," he said after the 1:0 in front of 42,300 spectators in nizhny novgorod. It was sweden’s first opening treble since the home world cup in 1958.
Heung-min son and co. With their uninspired and sluggish performance, they gave little hope and could be the supplier of points in the fiercely contested preliminary round group F if the 2002 world cup fourth-place team does not improve. "After the defeat we are not in a good position. And now we have very strong opponents in germany and mexico," said tottenham’s son, who made his own substitutions on the right offensive side. Only hyeon-woo jo, who was spontaneously called up for the goal, was convincing and saved sud korea from an even greater defeat. "We need to push forward faster," complained tae-yong shin.
The swedes, on the other hand, had a number of chances in their first world championship match since 2006. Even without the departed superstar zlatan ibrahimovic, ex-hamburger marcus berg and his colleagues were able to close deals again and again. "We had a hard time making the gate," andersson said. But it took video evidence: after a foul on the lively viktor claesson, the referee initially wanted to keep the ball in play, but after reviewing the video footage decided to call a penalty. A correct decision, as sudkoreas trainer shin later admitted.
The offensive accents are actually only set by the europeans. Berg, his forward colleague ola toivonen and pontus jansson, who has been replaced in the starting eleven by the ill viktor lindelof, all love their chances. In a low-scoring game, south korea relied on rare counter-attacks and rustic defensive work. Augsburg’s ja-cheol koo awarded a prize in the 52. Minute one of the few good opportunities.