Lee Kang-in scored a key goal and contributed to the team’s big win.
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) faced AC Milan in the third match of Group F of the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League (UCL) group stage held at the Stade des Princes in Paris, France at 4 a.m. on the 26th (Korean time). Won 3-0. PSG, with three points, took first place in the group.
As can be seen from the point difference and rankings of the two teams, this match was a real battle between the two teams with the second place at stake. PSG won 2-0 against Borussia Dortmund in the first leg, but suffered a humiliating 1-4 defeat in the last away game at Newcastle. The idea was to win against Milan at home to regain face and increase the possibility of advancing to the round of 16.
Milan also wants to advance to the tournament. Milan was unable to win in its last away trip to Dortmund, following a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the group stage against Newcastle at home. In order to continue the race for second place, they need to beat PSG in this game and rise to second place.
It is an important game for PSG, which is placed in the ‘Group of Death’. PSG is considered a candidate to win the UCL every year, but reaching the final was its best performance in the past 10 years. After the Qatari capital took over the club, they recruited numerous star players such as Marco Verratti, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Neymar, Mbappe, and Lionel Messi to improve the quality of the squad, but they were unable to overcome obstacles at every important moment. It appears that he is only maintaining the title of a potential winner for the rest of his life.
Neymar and Messi left ahead of this season, and the squad has been reorganized by recruiting a large number of young players, so it is difficult to aim to win the UCL right away. However, if a performance like that against Newcastle is repeated, PSG may remain as a team in the round of 16 or quarterfinals rather than a permanent championship candidate.
Coach Luis Enrique also points out that tactical changes are needed out of consideration for himself. Coach Enrique is a coach who has achieved a treble with Barcelona. However, at the time, Barcelona had many world-class players, led by the ‘MSN’ line of Messi Luis Suarez and Neymar, so they could not avoid criticism that they benefited from the players.
For this reason, if the current PSG squad performs well on a big stage like the UCL, it is natural that Coach Enrique’s evaluation will also increase. Coach Enrique appears to need to improve his tactics to avoid a repeat of a game like the one against Newcastle.
Coach Enrique also seems to know the importance of the Milan match. At the press conference held ahead of the game, Coach Enrique said, “This match will be a turning point. This match is a good opportunity for us. But I don’t think we will know until the end who will advance from the group stage to the knockout stage. Focus on playing one game after another. “We have to do it. I’m happy to be playing at home with the fans,” he said.
He continued, “Milan is a great team. The team has ups and downs throughout the season, but Milan now seems like a good team. They have a really good coach and they put in a lot of effort. Milan are used to the 4-3-3 formation and their way of defending. They know and excel in all areas of the game. They can even try changing formations with five defenders. This is a team that plays very well regardless of possession of the ball. We have to do business as usual no matter what happens. The rest “We will adjust it depending on the game,” he said.
An aggressive game was predicted. Enrique said: “As always, we want to attack. In all the games so far, we have always had the ball longer than the opposition. This is ingrained in our game and we also press well and “I want to do this. This is my philosophy, and the team seems to have become accustomed to it. I am quite optimistic when I see our team training and exploring different methods,” he said.
This match was likely to be a special one for Lee Kang-in as well. Lee Kang-in, who joined PSG last summer, was unable to play much time at PSG due to injuries and national team selection schedules, including the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games. Fortunately, Lee Kang-in, who improved his performance with the national team, immediately started as a starter for PSG after returning after a long time and performed well, sparking competition for the starting position. Continuing this pace in UCL is a good thing for Lee Kang-in.
Lee Kang-in strengthened his will ahead of the game against Milan. In an interview with the club, Lee Kang-in said, “UCL is a stage that all players want to play on. It is an important competition for both me and the team. I will prepare well and make sure to win. I am aware that this game is really important. We play in every game. This is a team that wants to win, and we only think about winning. If we do what we prepare, we can win. I’m really looking forward to it, and I hope that day comes quickly. I’ve moved to the team I’ve dreamed of since I was young, and I’m playing with the best players in the world. I can’t wait to play. “I want to run,” he said, expressing his anticipation.
Expectations for Lee Kang-in’s return were considerable. French media ‘Foot Mercato’ headlined “Lee Kang-in’s impressive return” and said, “Lee Kang-in, who has not played for PSG for over a month, performed his best for the Korean national team. It is a good sign for PSG,” and said, “Lee Kang-in is back from the national team.” He said that the performance he showed was a good thing for PSG.
‘Foot Mercato’ also described Lee Kang-in as Korea’s dynamite. The media said, “Lee Kang-in has shown good form since coming to PSG. His PSG debut was very satisfactory and made many fans happy. The Korean dynamite, who joined from Mallorca for a low price of 22 million euros (about 31.4 billion won), is Louis. “He perfectly fulfilled his role as a replacement in coach Enrique’s squad. However, from mid-September, he had to return to Korea to participate in the Asian Games,” he said, explaining Lee Kang-in’s actions after joining PSG.
He continued, “Lee Kang-in started three of the five games and won the final against Japan, but did not achieve personal success. After experiencing a historic event at the Asian Games, Lee Kang-in was selected for the Korean national team ahead of the matches against Tunisia and Vietnam. “He added.
The media paid attention to Lee Kang-in’s performance in the October A match. Lee Kang-in appeared as a starter in all friendly matches against Tunisia and Vietnam held during this international match period and showed impressive performance. In the match against Tunisia, where Son Heung-min, the team’s captain and key player, was unable to play due to condition issues, he scored his international debut goal with a sharp free kick and scored an additional goal. He also scored a goal in the match against Vietnam, scoring in two consecutive games. . In the match against Vietnam, he showed off his sharp kick by assisting Kim Min-jae’s first goal with a header from a corner kick.
‘Foot Mercato’ said, “Lee Kang-in shone during the October international match, scoring 3 goals and 1 assist. He made a great performance by scoring two goals against the Eagles of Carthage (Tunisia). Lee Kang-in continued this in the second match against Vietnam. . Against Vietnam, he played as a right-wing striker in a 4-4-2 formation and performed brilliantly. The game was a 6-0 victory for Korea, and Lee Kang-in recorded 1 goal and 1 assist. Lee Kang-in showed two brilliant performances. “There is no doubt that Korea’s peaceful future is guaranteed. Moreover, his return could be of great help to PSG, which currently has little confidence.”
Lee Kang-in, who had to return to PSG for the first time in a long time and compete for the starting position, also thought he would do his best. Lee Kang-in, who met with reporters at Suwon World Cup Stadium after finishing the game against Vietnam with a big win, was asked about his feelings ahead of competing for the starting position in PSG, and said, “I think it’s always the same. I may or may not be able to play many games after returning to the team. “I don’t know yet what kind of situation will come, so I will always do my best and strive to show the best performance in the best physical condition.”
French media ‘Foot01’ said, “Lee Kang-in has everything, including a flawless mentality, skills that are clearly higher than average, and the ability to please PSG fans. Lee Kang-in, who performed brilliantly during the international match, was in the eyes of coach Luis Enrique. “I returned to Paris with the ambition to establish myself as a starting player,” he said.
However, Lee Kang-in, who previously appeared as a starter in the league and played full time, started the Milan game on the bench. Coach Enrique deployed Warren Jair Emery and Vitinha in midfield instead of Lee Kang-in.
PSG (4-3-3): Donnarumma (GK) – Hernández, Skriniar, Marquinhos, Hakimi, Vitinha, Ugarte, Jair Emery, Mbappe, Kolo Muani, Dem. AC Milan
(4-3-3): Menan (GK) – Hernández, Tomori, Thiau, Kalulu – Lijnders, Krunić, Moussa – Leao, Giroud, Pulisic.
[First half] Of course, Mbappe! PSG leads 1-0!
It was a fierce match from the beginning. Milan actively tried to block PSG’s offensive. During this process, warnings were given to Thiau and Krunic. Instead, Milan, who had many opportunities including corner kicks, threatened PSG with Leao’s shot from a corner kick in the 12th minute of the first half, but Leao’s shot missed.
The two teams harassed each other with strong pressure. Once Milan succeeded in pressing, they counterattacked at a rapid pace from that point. PSG similarly aimed for a quick counterattack using the side, but while Milan’s counterattack was effective, PSG’s counterattack was disappointing. Milan swallowed their disappointment in the 18th minute of the first half when Giroud’s sharp free kick hit the wall.
PSG missed the opportunity to score the first goal. In the 22nd minute of the first half, Dembele’s shot was blocked by the defense, and Hakimi passed the ball to Mbappe. Mbappe, who caught the ball in front of the box, tried to shoot without getting close, but it went directly in front of the goalkeeper. Afterwards, in the 23rd minute of the first half, spectators broke in and the game was briefly halted. Fortunately, the situation ended quickly, and the game resumed in about a minute. Milan announced the restart of the game with Leao’s shot in the 26th minute of the first half. Leang’s right-foot curl shot, which drove the ball to the area near the goal, missed the goal slightly.
Mbappe broke PSG’s frustrating trend. In the 30th minute of the first half, he drove the ball directly, drew the defense, and attempted a sharp shot with his right foot. However, Mbappe’s shot did not score. Although the process and shooting were good, PSG’s attack did not follow the results.
Mbappe soon succeeded in scoring and shook off his regret. Mbappe scored the first goal in the 32nd minute of the first half. Jair Emery, who caught the ball in midfield, took off the pressure of the opponent, drove the ball up, and handed a pass to Mbappe. Mbappe beat Tomori, who was pressuring him, with his personal technique, and then attempted a quick shot in half a beat, shaking the net. It was. Milan’s goalkeeper Maignan was caught in a reverse move and could not react.
After conceding a goal, Milan increased the intensity of its attack and launched a counterattack. PSG also tried to widen the gap. Two minutes of extra time were given. However, both teams failed to produce the desired results. The first half ended with PSG leading 1-0.
[Second half] Colo Muani’s additional goal, Lee Kang-in’s UCL debut goal & key goal boom! PSG wins 3-0 over Milan!
Milan, who entered the second half after conceding the first goal, used the substitution card first. Thiaw came out and Calabria came in. Thiau, who played the game under pressure and received a warning from the beginning of the first half, was substituted after 45 minutes.
PSG hit the ground with a goal canceled early in the second half. In the 3rd minute of the second half, PSG, who cut off Milan’s attack with pressure from a high position, immediately launched a counterattack, and Dembele, who received the ball, drove it into the box and scored an additional goal with a calm left-foot finish. However, after video review (VAR) and an on-field review by the referee, it was decided that Ugarte had committed a rough foul while challenging the opponent in the previous process, and PSG’s goal was cancelled.
Milan took advantage of the opportunity and aimed for an equalizer. Five minutes into the second half, Pulisic controlled a pass that came from behind and gave it to the onrushing Giroud, who connected with a shot, but the timing was late and Giroud’s shot hit the side net. Pulisic’s selfless play shone as he chose to pass even though he could have attempted a shot himself, but Milan were disappointed that it was not finished.
PSG shook off the disappointment of canceling a goal. Dembele’s shot from a corner kick in the 8th minute of the second half was blocked by the goalkeeper, but Colo Muani calmly pushed the ball in and scored. PSG, riding the momentum, actively utilized Mbappe and Dembele on the side to increase the intensity of the attack. Milan had no choice but to focus on defense to block PSG’s attack, and Tomori and Kalulu received warnings in the process.
The two teams traded attacks. In the 18th minute of the second half, Pulisic’s shot was blocked by Donnarumma. In the 19th minute of the second half, Dembele attempted to score with a powerful shot from the right side of the goal, but Mbappe’s shot went high. PSG attempted to score through a quick counterattack in the 21st minute of the second half. Dembele received the ball from Colo Muani and sent a pass to Mbappe on the other side, but Mbappe failed to touch the ball. Afterwards, offside was declared. Milan attempted a counterattack with Leang’s shot in the 24th minute of the second half, but Leang’s shot missed.
There were dizzying scenes in Milan. In the 24th minute of the second half, Pulisic collapsed complaining of pain. Pulisic received treatment right away, and fortunately, he returned to the field after treatment.
Lee Kang-in stepped on the UCL stage. In the 26th minute of the second half, PSG removed Dembele and Ugarte and sent out Lee Kang-in and Luis. Lee Kang-in, who briefly played in the first group match against Borussia Dortmund, skipped the Newcastle match due to being selected for the Hangzhou Asian Games, but returned to UCL through this match.
Lee Kang-in’s position was on the right side. Instead of Dembele missing, Lee Kang-in took his place. As soon as he was put in, Lee Kang-in sent a sharp pass to Mbappe, but because the defense cleared it, it did not lead to Mbappe’s shot.
Milan also did not lower the intensity of its attack. In the 29th minute of the second half, Leao dribbled down the left side and entered the PSG box, but Marquinhos blocked it with skillful defense. The cross attempted by Leao was hit by Marquinhos and then deflected back by Leao, resulting in PSG’s goal kick. Milan attempted a change in the 32nd minute of the second half by sending out Adly and Povega in place of Krunić and Musa.
Donnarumma saved PSG. In the 33rd minute of the second half, after receiving a pass from Pulisic, Leang tried to shoot at the near post instead of giving the ball away, but Donnarumma, who saw this, stretched out his arm and blocked Leang’s shot. Milan did not score from the corner kick that followed. I had no luck. In the 36th minute of the second half, Giroud headed a corner kick sent by Theo, but it headed straight towards Donnarumma.
PSG failed to strike a wedge. In the 37th minute of the second half, in a counterattack opportunity initiated by Lee Kang-in, Mbappe received the ball given away by Vitinha and aimed for the far side of the goal, but Mbappe’s shot grazed Menan’s fingertips and hit the goal post. PSG changed their attack by replacing Kolo Muani with Hamus before the subsequent corner kick. Lee Kang-in handled the corner kick, but nothing special happened.
Lee Kang-in came down to a low position and helped the team attack. He also showed his influence in the back line build-up process by utilizing his talents of dribbling, depressing, and passing to peel off the opponent’s defense and then sending the ball to a teammate opposite him.
PSG scored a key goal. Lee Kang-in drove the wedge. In the 44th minute of the second half, Lee Kang-in, who caught the ball on the side, gave the ball to Jair Emery, turned around a long way and went into the box, and Hamus spilled the ball that Jair Emery gave away. The ball passed Hamus and headed to Lee Kang-in, who attempted a left-footed shot toward the corner of the goal at the correct timing to capitalize on the quality of the pass. The ball left Lee Kang-in’s foot and landed in the bottom right corner of Milan’s goal. Lee Kang-in’s PSG debut goal and UCL debut goal.
PSG could not let go of the tension until the end. Milan tried to score until the last minute. PSG strengthened its defense by replacing Hakimi with Mukiele, and Milan also made a winning move through the replacement card. PSG maintained concentration and focused on defense. Four minutes of extra time were given, but Milan did not score. In the end, the game ended with PSG winning 3-0.
Football statistics media ‘PotMob’ gave Jair Emery, who accumulated two assists on this day, a rating of 8.9, the highest rating of both teams. Jair Emery showed off his best performance of the day by assisting Mbappe’s first goal in the first half with his aggressive dribbling and passing, and also assisting Lee Kang-in’s key goal at the end of the second half.
In addition to assists, Jair Emery recorded a pass success rate of 89%, one successful dribble, two successful long passes, two successful ground duels, and eight recoveries.짱구카지노 주소
The player with the second highest rating after Jair Emery was Mbappe, who scored the first goal. ‘Pot Mob’ gave Mbappe a rating of 8.5 points. Mbappe recorded 4 effective shots, including the first goal, and showed an effective shot conversion rate of 80%. In addition, he recorded 3 successful dribbles, 2 recoveries, and 4 successful ground duels.
Lee Kang-in’s rating was also quite high. Based on ‘Pot Mob’, Lee Kang-in’s rating is a whopping 7.6 points. Considering that Lee Kang-in did not play as a starter but was replaced midway through the second half, it was a fairly high score.
Lee Kang-in had a pass success rate of 93% (15 attempts, 14 successes), shooting accuracy of 100%, 1 long pass success (100%), 1 successful tackle (2 attempts), and 3 successful ground duels (5 attempts). ), etc. were recorded. In addition to his records, Lee Kang-in showed an overall influence on his team and continued his performance from the national team schedule to the UCL stage.
PSG travels to Brustois in the league and then faces Montpellier at home. Afterwards, they will face Milan again in the UCL early next month. This return match will be held at Milan’s home, San Siro.