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FIFA 2018 Match 12 – Sweden vs. Korea Republic Match Preview: Its Asia vs Europe

FIFA 2018 Match 12 – Sweden vs. Korea Republic Match Preview: Its Asia vs Europe
Written by Aman Kumar Singh

Sweden will clash with Korea Republic today evening at 05:30pm IST in the 5th matchday of FIFA 2018. Yesterday in a breathtaking match between Mexico and Germany in which the Mexicans defeated the former Champions Germany with a score of 1-0, and now the Group F match will continue with Sweden (ranking 24th) colliding with Korea Republic (ranking 57th) today. It will also be an opening game for both the teams of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.

After missing the last two World cups Sweden returns to FIFA but without its star player Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Sweden had last appeared in the World cup in 2006 so for them this year’s FIFA was more than 8 years in the making. And its not that they are a weak team, they have been preparing and they have qualified for the FIFA in the 32 teams even if they will be playing without one of the best player of this generation – Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Just like Germany who is also in Group F, Sweden will be one team to watch as previously they have beaten Portugal 3-2, France 2-1, Italy 1-0, Denmark 1-0 and in their match against Chile they matched the score within 60 seconds. The Swedish football team have performed well at World Cups before, in 1958 they were the runner ups to Brazil while in 1994 they came third. These Europeans have proved many times that they have what it takes to score on the world stage. And now with Ibrahimovic’s retirement his No.10 Jersey has been inherited by the brilliant Emil Forsberg, who has made quite a name for himself and from the Swedish side he will be the player to watch today.

However the South Koreans shouldn’t be taken lightly as they are the former World Cup semi-finalists. Despite ranking 57th position in the FIFA world rankings they have produced some of the most stunning displays in the past, but currently they have been struggling with their teams and line-ups. Even though Korea has struggled to reach the qualifiers despite having played in World Cup finals on every occasion since 1986, the semi-finalists from 2002 return to take their place among the contenders. They are also the best performing Asian team in FIFA World Cup history. But this world cup 2018 has not been going according to expectations at all as the lesser and weaker teams have also scored and won the games against their stronger counter-parts. This will be South Korea’s ninth appearance at the World stage but despite their veteran status not much is expected of the team as they have lost consecutive matches. Last time they had entered in semi-finals in the world cup was back in 2002, and to perform today they will need their players to give a top-notch performance in the match against European counterpart.

This will also be the fifth meeting between the two teams, Sweden are unbeaten in the previous four, including a 12-0 win at the 1948 Olympics.

Squad Details:

Sweden Squad Line-up(4-4-2): Olsen; Augustinsson, Granqvist, Lindelof, Krafth; Forsberg, Ekdal, Larsson, Durmaz; Berg, Toivonen.

South Korea Squad Line-up(4-3-3): Kim Seung-gyu; Park Joo-ho, Kim Young-gwon, Kim Min-woo, Lee Yong; Ki Sung-yueng, Lee Jae-sung, Koo Ja-cheol, Jung Woo-young; Heung-min Son, Hwang Hee-chan.

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