Skipper Andreas Granqvist coolly converted a 65th minute penalty awarded after video review to hand Sweden a 1-0 victory over South Korea in a scrappy Group F encounter at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.
Sweden, which is playing without the retired Zlatan Ibrahimovic, beat Italy in the playoff round to deny the Italians a World Cup spot for the first time since the 1958 tournament and secure their own place in Russian Federation.
In both countries' first match at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation the decisive moment was the spot-kick awarded thanks to VAR.
The Swedes created a string of chances, most falling to Marcus Berg, who had one close-range side-foot shot spectacularly saved by Cho off his knee in the 21st minute.
Subs: Hiljemark (6), Thelin (6), Svensson (6).
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Veteran Swedish skipper Andreas Granqvist scored the only goal of the game from the spot after Viktor Claesson was upended by South Korean substitute Kim Min-woo Kim in the 62nd minute.
South Korea XI: Cho Hyun-woo, Lee Yong, Kim Young-gwon, Jan Hyun-soo, Park Joo-ho; Kim Shin-wook, Koo Ja-cheol, Ki Sung-yueng, Lee Jae-sung; Hwang Hee-chan, Son Heung-min.
Subs: Min-Woo Kim (6), Seung-Woo Lee (6), Woo-Young Jung (6).
Shin has been keeping secret his lineup against Sweden, using different lineups in each of their World Cup tuneups.
Sweden throughout much of the first half, and Marcus Berg almost put his side up first in the 21st minute, but Jo stopped his close-range shot, from just outside the box, with the inside of his right knee.
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When he was finally beaten it was from the spot by Granqvist midway through the second half. Claesson goes over in the penalty box and Sweden are demanding a spot-kick!
The result means Mexico, 1-0 winners over world champions Germany on Sunday, and Sweden have a three-point lead after the first round of matches in Group F.
Sweden are unbeaten in all five of their previous meetings with South Korea (W3 D2). "Even though the fans might be from Sweden, we'd think of them as Korean fans cheering for us".
When Sweden needed a match victor, the captain, Granqvist, stepped up and delivered for Andersson's side.
And after VAR intervention, they were handed the chance of breaking that run and a nervous looking Granqvist stepped up, tucking the ball into the bottom to score his side's first goal at a World Cup since 2006.
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