South Korean players swap training jerseys to confuse Swedish soccer spy

Sweden's Andreas Granqvist center celebrates with his teammates after converting a penalty kick in the 65th minute on Monday. Sweden held on to defeat South Korea 1-0

South Korea's World Cup team responded to a Swedish spy for Sweden's team by swapping their jerseys so it would be harder to tell them apart.

The lone goal of the match came in the 65th minute, after Sweden was awarded a penalty via video-assisted referee.

With Mexico shocking the world and upsetting the natural order of Group F with their 1-0 victory over Germany on Sunday, the pressure was ramped up on Sweden and South Korea to win their opening game.

There was a short delay for Kim Min-woo's foul on Viktor Claesson to be analysed on video and for the referee to point to the spot before Granqvist sent goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo the wrong way.

After enduring a hard qualification campaign, South Korea eventually sealed their place in Russian Federation, reaching their ninth consecutive World Cup finals.

Before the penalty, Sweden controlled the game and showed most of the attacking intent.

The win takes Janne Andersson's side joint top in Group F with Mexico after their shock win over reigning champions Germany.

The first chance of the game fell to Sweden and indecision in the South Korea defence saw the ball drop to Marcus Berg on the edge of the six-yard box, but the striker's poor finish was saved by Hyun-Woo Cho.

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The ball fell for Berg again on the half-hour mark and he was denied again, this time by an excellent last-ditch block from Young-Gwon Kim.

"I will not mention our game plans because I want Sweden to think about us until the last minute".

Korea threatened only on the break where Son Heung-min´s pace troubled 33-year-old Granqvist, who was without defending partner Victor Lindelof, who was ill.

Andreas Granqvist (left) celebrates with teammate Albin Ekdal after scoring from the penalty spot against South Korea.

When asked if it is harder to deal with that responsibility while playing for South Korea than it is with Tottenham, he said the situations are not the same. Ola Toivonen headed wide from the resulting corner.

On the eve of their World Cup encounter, Swedish Coach Andersson toned down the spying allegations in the build-up to the Group F clash, "It is very important we show respect for an opponent and if what we did has been perceived in another way, then we apologize".

He also made a couple of crucial interventions at the other end of the pitch to cap an excellent captain's display as Sweden got their campaign off to a winning start.

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