Sweden Vs South Korea world cup 2018 Live Stream
Sweden is playing in a major tournament without Zlatan Ibrahimović for the first time since 2000. Where Sweden used to style their game around getting the best out of their world-class striker, they have now focused on working as a close-knit team.
The squad looks thin and shallow on quality, meaning their manager, Janne Andersson, prefers to play a 4-4-2 formation to get as many players involved in attacking moves as possible.
Sweden have struggled to score goals and drew blanks against Denmark and Romania in friendlies. Ola Toivonen no longer makes the first team at Toulouse, Marcus Berg plays in the United Arab Emirates, Isaac Kiese-Thelin has been doing okay in the Belgian league, and John Guidetti has just one international goal to his name. Sweden have a big attacking problem.
Sweden vs South Korea – 13:00, Monday 18 June
A lot of South Korea’s hopes for the World Cup were already riding on Son Heung-min’s shoulders, and now even more so with Lee Keun-ho and Kwon Chang-hoon ruled out with injuries just before the tournament. The Tottenham forward has had another great season in the Premier League and his country will be willing for him to continue that form in Russia.
South Korea have qualified for their ninth consecutive World Cup and their manager, Shin Tae-yong, is calling for the team as a whole to perform, taking away some of the pressure on Son. “Rather than having one player stand out, everyone needs to play together,” said Shin who became a manager in 2017. “We’re trying to implement the formation that Tottenham use.”
A fourth-place finish at their shared home World Cup in 2002 is the best South Korea have managed. They later managed to reach the round of 16 in 2010 where they were beaten by Uruguay.
23-man final squad: Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Filip Helander, Emil Krafth, Pontus Jansson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Gustav Svensson, Oscar Hiljemark, Viktor Claesson, Marcus Rohden, Jimmy Durmaz, Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Ola Toivonen, Isaac Kiese Thelin
South Korea Roster
23-man final squad
Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe, Japan), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka, Japan), Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC)
Defenders: Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande, China), Jang Hyun-soo (FC Tokyo, Japan), Jung Seung-hyun (Sagan Tosu, Japan), Yun Yong-sun (Seongnam FC), Oh Ban-suk (Jeju United), Kim Min-woo (Sangju Sangmu), Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Hong Chul (Sangju Sangmu), Go Yo-han (FC Seoul), Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors)
Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City, England), Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe, Japan), Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa FC), Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg, Germany), Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Verona, Italy), Moon Seon-min (Incheon United).
Forwards: Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Son Heung-min (Tottenham, England), Hwang Hee-chan (FC Red Bull Salzburg, Austria)