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Marcus Berg reveals what the referee said to him at half-time of Turkey v Sweden

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Sweden kept their hopes alive of gaining promotion to the top tier of the Nations League by defeating Turkey 1-0 in Group B2.

Andreas Granqvist's 71st minute proved to be the match winner as Sweden got their first group win.

They now need to defeat Russia on Tuesday to ensure they top the group and seal their promotion.

Turkey, on the other hand, have been relegated after failing to get a single win from their four group games.

Following the game, Sweden striker Marcus Berg has revealed a quite shocking conversation he had with the referee at half-time.

Berg believed he had won a penalty in the first half but his protests were waved away by Istvan Kovacs.

The Al Ain forward could not believe the decision and had to confront Kovacs during the break.

And, according to Berg, Kovacs told him that he would give Sweden two penalties in the second-half.

He said, per Swedish outlet Afronbladet.se: "To me it's obvious. He probably thinks I'm onto their defender.

"Clearly there is maybe some contact but it feels like an obvious penalty. He stumbles and pulls me down, otherwise I would've had a good heading opportunity.

Sweden celebrate defeating Turkey

"I had a talk with the referee at half-time and he said 'if it's a penalty I'll give you two in second half' and we got one, but we won anyway so it was nice."

Wow. Of course, Sweden actually won the game with a penalty, after Berg was felled in the area.

Although it looked a blatant penalty, it is still extremely strange that the referee made such a promise at half-time.

If Berg is indeed telling the truth, then Kovacs may well find himself in trouble for making such a promise.

This definitely won't be the last we have heard of this story.

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