‘Midfield commander’ Hwang In-beom, 27, exploded against ‘giants’ Manchester City. He recorded his first UEFA Champions League (UCL) ‘debut goal and debut assist’ at the same time.
Zvěna Zvezda scored in a 2-3 home defeat to Manchester City in the final sixth leg of Group G of the UCL 2023-2024 season at Stadion Raiko Mitic in Belgrade, Serbia, on Thursday (June 14). Zvezda finished last in the group with one draw and five losses. City, who had qualified early for the round of 16 by topping the group, looked like the defending champions, winning all six of their group games.
Zvezda lost, but Hwang In-Bum shined. He scored his UCL debut goal and added a debut assist to complete a multi-point performance (1 goal, 1 assist). Hwang, who started all six UCL group stage games, scored the game-winning goal in the 31st minute with his team trailing 0-2. He then assisted on Alexandre Lacazette’s goal in stoppage time to finish with one goal and one assist. According to soccer stats site Footmob, Hwang In-bum made a team-high five key passes on the day. At the center of Zvezda’s attack, he led the team with sharp forward passes at the right time.
Hwang dominated the top ratings. The Footmob voted Hwang In-bum the Man of the Match with an 8.8 rating, the highest on either side. Most of Zvezda’s players had ratings in the 5-6 range, with Hwang being the only one with a significantly higher rating. Even goalkeeper Stephan Ortega (8.0), who has the highest rating among City players, was not as good as Hwang. Another statistical outlet, Fourscore.com, also gave Hwang In-Bum an 8, the highest rating for both teams.
Having already qualified for the round of 16, City went out with a near-second-string squad. They were missing Elling Holland, who has a stress fracture in his foot, as well as the core of their defense, including Phil Foden, Rodriguez and Jubeng Dias.
City took the lead in the 19th minute through rookie Micah Hamilton. Picking up the ball just outside the box, Hamilton beat two defenders before firing a shot into the back of the net. It was Hamilton’s first professional goal. His City teammates rose from the bench to applaud and celebrate his debut.랭크카지노
With the score at 1-0, City added another goal midway through the second half. This time, it was a fantastic goal from a 20-year-old rookie. In the 17th minute of the second half, Oscar Bove picked up the ball in the center of the Zvezda box, dribbled through on goal, and rattled the net with a left-footed shot.
In the 16th minute, Hwang In-beom played a fantastic forward pass. After cutting in a City ball, Hwang cut in on the counterattack and sent a roving pass to the frontline striker who slipped behind the defense. The chance was denied by Ortega getting out of the way, but Hwang’s crisp pass stood out.
The midfield press also shined. The amount of activity was reminiscent of national team senior Park Ji-sung. In the fifth minute of the second half, Hwang In-bum blocked a City counterattack with a tackle, opening up a shooting opportunity for his teammate.
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In the 23rd minute of the second half, Hwang In-beom received the ball near the center line and fed a forward pass across two defenders to a forward running into the back of the defense. Hwang was always at the center of Zvezda’s attack.
Zvezda countered with a goal of their own. In the 31st minute of the second half, Hwang exchanged passes with Osman Bukiri and penetrated the defense. He received the ball back from Bukari and split the goal with a left-footed ground ball. It was Inbum Hwang’s first goal for UCL. Hwang celebrated with the home fans before returning to his seat. Hwang, who scored his league debut against Serbia Superi in the 17th round at home, showed off his sharp toes by scoring for the second game in a row.
However, Zvezda failed to capitalize on the momentum and conceded another goal. In the 38th minute, a Zvezda defender brought down Hamilton as he dribbled through the box. The referee awarded a penalty kick (PK), which Calvin Phillips converted cleanly. Phillips, who is in his second season with City, scored his first goal in 30 official matches.
Second-half stoppage time saw In-Bum Hwang assist on his UCL debut. Hwang’s corner kick from the left flank was headed in by Katayi to rattle the net. Zvezda pressed until the end of the game but were unable to find an equalizer and suffered a one-point defeat.
This is not Hwang’s first time on the UCL stage. He was also all over the place against Young Boys in the fourth group stage match last month. He hit four shots on target and made three key passes. He also showed his dedication on defense, winning one aerial contest, making one tackle, one clearance, and one interception. Despite Zvezda’s 0-2 record, Hwang earned the team’s highest GPA (7.2).
Hwang joined Zvezda last summer from Olympiakos in Greece for a new challenge. He signed a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee. According to Serbian media outlet Politika, Zvezda will have to pay a transfer fee of €5 million (approximately $7 billion) in three years. This is the highest transfer fee in the club’s history.
Zvezda is considered the strongest team in Serbia. It has won the title for six consecutive seasons, from 2017-18 to last season. This season, they’re leading the league with 14 wins, 1 draw, and 2 losses (43 points). However, it’s not a safe bet. They are being closely followed by second-place Partizan, who have the same number of points as Zvezda.
Hwang In-beom, who broke into the main squad upon his arrival, scored his league debut goal 15 games after joining the club. He rattled the net in the 43rd minute of the home match against Mladost Lukani on Oct. 10 with a fantastic shot. Jovan Mijatovic floated the ball to Hwang In-Bum, who played a sensational pass. Hwang used his explosive speed to break away from the opposition before unleashing a cannonball shot. The ball bounced off the crossbar and into the goal.
At the time, Hwang said on his social networking site, “I finally scored my debut goal. Thank you to all the fans who have supported me since I joined Zvezda. I hope I can help the team in the future.”
Zvezda also posted an image of Hwang In-beom on the club’s official social media, saying, “My first goal for Zvezda.” “National team senior” Son Heung-min (Tottenham) also liked the post and congratulated Hwang.
Hwang In-bum revealed during the A-Match call-up in November that playing in the UCL was a decisive reason for his move to Zvezda. “I’ve played so many leagues and each one has its own characteristics. Serbia has a lot of physically strong players. Especially when they play against us, they are very rough and drop down defensively. They lack infrastructure, but our team is very good, so we are grateful.”
“Along with the World Cup, UCL is a dream for every player, not just me. It was a big factor in my decision to transfer. Now that I’m here, I can see why I wanted to play at UCL so badly. The atmosphere, both away and at home, is magnificent and unique. The opponents are also good players, so I learned a lot from them. Manchester City and Leipzig are big teams, and it was an opportunity to learn from players who play in the same position. It also gave me confidence that I have something to show,” he said.
In fact, many believe that the Serbian league is too small for him to play in. When asked what he needs to improve in order to make it to the big leagues, Hwang said, “There are too many players. There were many players who were so good that they would make decisions if given a little space and time. I felt that to survive at a higher level, I needed to be a little tighter in the defense. I’ve always been confident, but I think I can do better if I work on my deficiencies.”