Son takes the blames as South Korea fail to shine


South Korea's coach Shin Tae-Yong said Sunday he deliberately made his team wear different numbered shirts in recent friendlies to confuse World Cup opponents who can not tell his players apart.

Albin Ekdal believes Sweden will not be affected by the pressure of taking part in their first World Cup since 2006 ahead of their Group F clash with South Korea.

It promised to be a tight, cagey affair between two low-scoring sides, and that's exactly how it panned out as a second half penalty proved to be the only difference between the two sides.

"Gosh, we need to talk about the great players we have in this team I believe". "We prepared to play against tall players and, rather than contact, we focused on height", he explained. "We'll analyse the game against Germany and try and find a way to deal with Mexico team".

Asked about claims that Sweden had spied on his team, Shin Tae-yong was calm, saying: "I don't think that's bad", adding that all teams needed to know about their opponents.

After dominating the game but missing a string of chances, Sweden won a 65th-minute penalty when Kim Min-woo brought down Viktor Claesson in the box.

The team will next face Mexico, who beat defending champions Germany 1-0 on Sunday.

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Sweden ended up beating South Korea in their match on Monday, 1-0.

Sweden never really convinced that they would score prior to the penalty despite their domination and a toothless South Korea did not manage one shot on target.

"We were anxious about the height of the players and I think we became a little bit too subdued".

He needn't have anxious too much about apologizing as South Korea's Shin recognized that at the World Cup, every team will try and get an edge. We also had a few set-piece opportunities.

The next football day at the World Cup was held without surprises.

Korea lost 1-0 in its first FIFA World Cup match against Sweden at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Russian Federation on Monday. That win is also their only clean sheet in their last 12 matches in the competition.