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South Korea feel no pressure against
Sweden says coach Shin Tae-yong

NIZHNY NOVGOROD Russia (Xinhua) -- South Korea are going to fight for a victory in their World Cup Group F opening match against a post-Zlatan Ibrahimovic Sweden, coach Shin Tae-yong said during a pre-match press conference on Sunday.

Given the following opponents to be Germany and Mexico in Group F, South Korea consider the first game against Sweden a better opportunity for points, so do the Swedes presumably.

The South Koreans are looking for three points instead of one.

"I think both teams see tomorrow’s match a must-win," Shin said.

He added that South Korea will get well prepared as they did in the past, and they don’t feel pressure or nervous.

Shin believed that South Korean fans will give his team their support for a victory.

In Brazil 2014, the South Korean team finished last in their World Cup group without a win and returned home met with angry fans pelting them with toffee candy as an insult at Incheon International Airport.

Referring to an alleged spying incident by Swedish team staff, Shin said that his players switched shirts during training, and "the westerners don’t recognise Asian faces."

Swedish coach Janne Andersson apologised for the misunderstanding regarding the spying incident. He also insisted that Sweden has moved on from Ibrahimovic and will get ready for the match against South Korea.

The showdown between South Korea and Sweden is scheduled on Monday, at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.


Sweden coach Janne Andersson plays down 'spying' allegations

MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) -- Sweden coach Janne Andersson on Sunday played down stories that a member of his coaching staff had spied on the preparations of the South Korea national team ahead of the World Cup group F between the two on Monday.

In quotes to the Swedish media, Lars Jacobsson, a member of the Swedish technical staff appeared to confirm he had used a house with a view of the South Korean training ground in Austria in order to watch Monday’s rivals at work before they travelled to Russia, saying "it took a long car journey up the mountains to reach the house, but it was a perfect spot to observe the Korean team’s training."

When asked about the spying controversy during Sunday’s pre-game press conference, Andersson refused to answer questions over whether Jacobsson had spied on South Korea using a telescope and a video camera.

All he would confirm was that there had been a mix-up over a coach ejected from a closed-door session held by the Koreans.

"He heard about a practice session...

"He didn’t understand it was a closed session and he was asked to leave, so he watched from more of a distance as a result," explained Andersson.

The Swedish coach insisted that "it’s very important," that Sweden showed "respect for opponents, always and in every way...

"If it has been seen in another way, we apologise."

He said that in general his side preferred to learn information about rivals by watching them play.

"You’re turning something small into something much bigger.

"You’re making a mountain out of a molehill," he concluded.



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