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Andersson: ref shouldn't have needed VAR to give us penalty

Spot on: Andreas Granqvist celebrates scoring a penalty
Spot on: Andreas Granqvist celebrates scoring a penalty

By Robert Jones

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.

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Andersson said: "I do question the VAR a little bit 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 it was excellent he was able to use 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. I was just focused on this game and wanted to win it but, looking ahead, the opportunities for us now are so much greater after winning."

Korea's gameplan had focused on negating Sweden's physicality, and coach Shin Tae-yong conceded they may have become too preoccupied with that issue.

He said: "We were worried about the height of the players and I think we became a little bit too subdued. We have to prepare ourselves very well for Mexico."

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