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.
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.
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.