FIFA World Cup 2018: Sweden vs. South Korea Review

first_imgAlso read: FIFA World Cup 2018: Sweden vs South Korea PreviewFIFA World Cup 2018: Belgium vs Panama Preview AdvertisementSweden’s Andreas Granqvist(left) celebrates after scoring a penalty; photo credits: Clive Brunskill/Getty ImagesThe second Group F match saw European underdogs, Sweden take on Asian giants, South Korea in Nizhny Novgorod. It was an important match for both teams as each wanted to secure 3 points early on in the group stage. However, in what seemed to be an evenly balanced match between these two in the turf, it was Sweden who got the last laugh thanks to a VAR penalty which Swedish defender, Andreas Granqvist made full use of.Advantage #SWE💪#SWEKOR pic.twitter.com/XwCHazXoTN— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 18, 2018 #SWEKOR | That was the first #WorldCup goal for #SWE since Henrik Larsson scored against #ENG in 2006… pic.twitter.com/IX05YL4vbw— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 18, 2018 The first half of the match was not at all tense or action-packed but was rather forgettable which saw players of both the team missing a lot of sure-shot opportunities. Also, this Sweden side was obviously lacking in speed as is evident with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s absence in this World Cup. But they came back in the second half and made most of their opportunities and grabbed the goal to win the game.Sweden now joins Mexico at the top of the table while Korea joins Germany at the bottom. Sweden will face group favourites Germany next Saturday while South Korea will face Mexico on the same day. With this World Cup already looking to be an uncertain one, it remains to be seen which two teams will qualify from this Group for the Round of 16. Advertisementlast_img read more

After consulting psychologist, Alvaro Morata ‘happier than ever at Chelsea’

first_imgJust a month ago, Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata wore a dejected expression and looked bereft of self-belief.Unreliable with his back to goal and the ball at his feet, it seemed as though Chelsea playmakers Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro preferred to work with the steadier, less combustible figure of Olivier Giroud as a target man up front.There was media speculation that Chelsea, uncertain whether it could maintain its Premier League title challenge with a non-goalscoring center forward, would be offloading Morata in the January transfer window.The transformation has been extraordinary in the last four weeks.Also read – Referee, who asked captains to play rock-paper-scissors for kick-off, bannedMorata appeared sharp, busy and hungry on Sunday as he took his tally to four goals in four league games, one more than in his previous 23 games in the competition, with two goals in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace.And in a recent interview, Morata revealed the reason for his turnaoround.”I had never thought about training the mind, really. When a player hears the word psychologist at the first, you are taken aback, but I realised that I needed help,” Morata told Spanish newspaper ABC.”At first, I was a bit embarrassed to talk to the psychologist and tell him all my problems and with the help of everyone I have managed to recover happiness in football.Also read – Brexit in Premier League: FA planning to reduce number of foreign players”This summer I said to myself once or twice that I wanted to go to a team where I would be happy again, without pressure.advertisement”Now I am happier than ever at Chelsea and happier than ever in the national team even if it is not my best moment on the pitch,” he added.His manager at Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri, too was happy for him.Also read – Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge charged by FA for alleged breach of betting rules”I am really very happy for Alvaro,” Sarri said. “He improved in the last month in confidence and personality. He improved also from a tactical and technical point of view.”Sarri believes Morata is finally showing the form that persuaded Chelsea to pay a club record fee of about 60 million pounds ($78 million) to tempt the Spanish striker away from Real Madrid 18 months ago.”Potentially he can be (a top striker),” Sarri said. “He has great potential physically and technically. He can improve more. Sometimes he is a little bit fragile.”Hazard also seems delighted with Morata’s recent resurgence. The Belgium forward sported a wide grin when he hugged his teammate after producing the free kick that led to Morata’s second goal against Palace.Morata almost ended up with three goals but was unable to lift the ball over Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey when he went clean through in the closing stages.(With inputs from AP)Also watch –last_img read more