South Korea opened their 2018 World Cup campaign in Russia with a 1-0 defeat, as Sweden claimed a narrow win in Nizhny Novgorodthis afternoon.
The two sides saw Group E favourites Germany lose 1-0 to Mexico in Moscow on Sunday afternoon, meaning a win for either side would put the 2014 World Cup winners in major trouble.
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.
Kim Min-woo's challenge on Viktor Claesson initially went unpunished, but with the help of VAR, a penalty was awarded in Sweden's favour – and defender Andreas Granqvist stepped up to score.
South Korea attempted to get back into the game but didn't have the cutting edge to find an equaliser, with Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min left frustrated out wide.
One player who did impress for South Kroea though was goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo, as he not only pulled off a superb save to deny Marcus Berg from close range, but continuously kept Sweden at bay before being beaten by a penalty.
The Daegu FC star, 26, was earning just his seventh cap for South Korea but has now had a breakout performance which has earned him praise on Twitter, with various fans wanting their clubs to sign him.
Liverpool fans were unsurprisingly vocal, urging their club to sign Cho as a replacement for Loris Karius, claiming he is better than the German and needs to be signed after such an impressive breakout performance.
This Korean keeper is better than Karius— Colm Kirby (@LFCSupreme) June 18, 2018