Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) defeated AC Milan (Italy) and rose to the top of the group. Lee Kang-in, who started on the bench, was on the pitch for about 20 minutes after coming on as a substitute in the second half, and had his best night by scoring his debut goal.
PSG played the third match of Group F of the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League group stage against AC Milan held at Parc des Princes (Princes Park Stadium) in Paris, France on the 26th (Korean time). Kylian Mbappe, Langdal Colo Muani and Lee Kang-in tied the score for a 3-0 win.
PSG, with 2 wins and 1 loss, took the lead in Group F with 6 points. At the same time, Borussia Dortmund defeated Newcastle United 1-0, and Dortmund, which was last, rose to 2nd place, Newcastle to 3rd place (4 points), and AC Milan to 4th place (3 points).
Lee Kang-in, who had attracted a lot of attention before the game as to whether he would start, ended up starting on the bench.
PSG coach Luis Enrique adopted the 4-3-3 formation that day. Italy national team goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma guarded the goal, while Ashraf Hakimi, Milan Skriniar, Marquinhos and Lucas Hernández formed the back four. Warren Jair-Emery, Manuel Ugarte, and Vitinha took charge of the midfield. Ousmane Dembele, Randal Kolo Muani, and Kylian Mbappe played as the top three at the front. In particular, it is no exaggeration to say that the French national team, which finished runners-up in the Qatar World Cup last year, has been significantly replaced, with all three frontline attackers being selected as starting players for the French national team.
Lee Kang-in, who had started as a right winger in the previous game against Strasbourg, was sent to the bench and Dembele took his place.
To counter this, AC Milan also used 4-3-3. Mike Meignan puts on his goalkeeper gloves. Theo Hernández, Fikayo Tomori, Malik Chiau and Pierre Kalulu were in charge of defense. Tijani Lijnders, Rade Krunic, and Yunus Musa worked together in midfield, while Rafael Leao, Olivier Giroud, and Christian Pulisic aimed to score.
The highlight of this day’s game was the confrontation between the Hernández brothers. Lucas, who plays for PSG, was born in 1996, and his younger brother Theo, who plays for AC Milan, was born in 1997, and both can play center back and left back at the same time. At last year’s World Cup, Theo was taken out due to injury in the first half of the group match against Australia, and his older brother Lucas came on as a replacement.
Although Lee Kang-in was left out of the starting lineup that day, he was happy to return to the Champions League and strengthened his will to win against AC Milan. In an interview with the club’s media channel PSG TV, he said, “The Champions League is a stage that not only me but all players want to play on. It is an important competition for me and the team,” and added, “I will prepare well (against Milan) and make sure to win.” Burned it.
He continued, “We are well aware that this is a very important game. We are a team that always wants to win every game, and we only think about winning. If we do what we prepare, we can win.” He added, “I’m really looking forward to it and hope that day comes quickly. When I was young, “I moved to the team I dreamed of from the beginning and am playing with the best players in the world. I want to play quickly,” he said, looking forward to playing against AC Milan.
Coach Luis Enrique also said, “Milan plays 4-3-3. They show organized play regardless of whether they have the ball or not. Sometimes they put five people on defense and adjust the formation,” adding, “We also have the ability to adapt to the opponent’s strategy. “If Milan makes a change, we will do what we have prepared, and if there is no change, we will play as usual,” he said, revealing his game plan to respond according to the opponent’s strategy.
If Coach Enrique starts the rotation, Lee Kang-in is likely to play as a substitute, and if he prepares as usual, it is expected that Lee Kang-in will start again. In the end, Coach Enrique changed the rotation and Lee Kang-in waited on the bench in the game against AC Milan.
The predictions of UEFA and many foreign media outlets turned out to be correct. In the expected starting list for the PSG-AC Milan match released by UEFA on the official website on the 24th, Jair-Emery, who is five years younger than Lee Kang-in, formed the midfield along with Ugarte and Vitinha. Mbappe and Dembele were also positioned as strikers on the left and right sides.
Several foreign media also predicted that Lee Kang-in would be sent to the bench. France’s RMC Sports said, “Jair Emery has returned from injury. He is fit to play in the next game (against Milan). Vitinha, who missed the Newcastle game, is also expected to take charge of the midfield.” The line is expected to operate.
Football Italia, who predicted the same starting list as RMC Sports, said, “PSG may play Fabian Lewis to strengthen the midfield after the loss to Newcastle,” and predicted that Fabian would more likely play as a substitute instead of Lee Kang-in.
British Sports Mall also predicted the combination of Jair Emery, Ugarte, and Vitinha as the midfield starting card in the match against Milan, and WhoScored.com, a statistical company, predicted that the combination of Vitinha, Ugarte, and Fabian would play.
L’Equipe was the only player to predict Lee Kang-in’s selection, but as most media expected, Lee Kang-in started on the bench, and the combination of Jair Emery, Ugarte, and Vitinha was activated.
This season, PSG accepted the worst draw in the competition. They were placed in the group of death along with AC Milan, a traditional Italian powerhouse, Borussia Dortmund, who finished runner-up in the German Bundesliga last season, and Newcastle United, an emerging powerhouse in the Premier League.
In the first leg, they faced Dortmund and got off to a fresh start, winning 2-0 with goals from Mbappe and Hakimi. At the time, Lee Kang-in had just recovered from a thigh injury and came on as a substitute in the second half to help the team win. However, they suffered a crushing 1-4 defeat in the second game away to Newcastle. PSG, who were dragged by conceding three goals first, scored a chasing goal from Lucas, but collapsed after conceding one more goal in extra time in the second half.
PSG, with 3 points with 1 win and 1 loss, maintained second place in the group ahead of Milan, which had 2 draws. In order to advance to the round of 16, it was necessary to widen the gap in this match with Milan.
PSG pushed AC Milan from the beginning of the game. Milan took on the risk early on, with Krunić and Chiau receiving yellow cards just six minutes into the game. PSG launched a flank attack using Dembele, who started on the right wing instead of Lee Kang-in.
Milan also attacked PSG diligently. In the 10th minute of the first half, we made two corner kick attacks and aimed at the PSG goal. Pulisic took a low, quick corner kick, and Leao, who went behind the defense’s line of sight, hit a right-footed non-stop shot, but it missed the side of the goal.
Milan gradually increased its possession. PSG was unable to systematically block Milan’s attack. The team continued to expose space and continued to display unstable performance. PSG gave away a free kick in the danger area in the 16th minute of the first half. Hakimi blocked Leao’s breakthrough and committed a foul in the penalty arc area. Leao attempted to take the free kick himself, but it hit Skriniar’s head and went out on the goal line.
In the 20th minute of the first half, PSG went on the offensive for the first time in a long time. After stealing the ball from Milan with forward pressure, they launched a counterattack… However, Vitinha’s pass to Dembele was too long. Dembele quickly chased after him, but the ball had already gone out of the stadium.
Mbappe tried to change the atmosphere with a surprise shot. In the 22nd minute of the first half, when Dembele’s shot hit the defense, Hakimi caught it and connected it to Mbappe, who followed up with a quick shot in response. The surprise shot caught goalkeeper Maignan in a bit of a reverse motion, but he caught it well.
Immediately afterwards, the game was stopped for a moment. Spectators invaded the stadium and security personnel were mobilized. Players on both teams could only stare blankly. There was a commotion for a little over a minute, and after security managed to pull it out, the game resumed.
In the 26th minute of the first half, Leang caught the ball on the left side, strode in, and kicked with his right foot. The ball missed the goal slightly. Mbappe also tried to score with a shot accurately placed on the instep of his right foot during a counterattack, but unfortunately missed.
It was PSG’s best ace, Mbappe, who broke the balance between the two teams who clashed tightly for 30 minutes in the first half. In the 33rd minute of the first half, Jair-Emery created space with a forward dribble from the halfway line and connected with Mbappe. Mbappe placed Tomori in front of him and gave him a feint by pretending to hit him inside with a step over (missed leg). As Tomori’s center of gravity collapsed, he stabbed the near post with his right foot. It was a shot that caught Goalkeeper Meignan, who was caught in a reverse move, so caught off guard that he didn’t even have time to move. When Mbappe’s goal was scored, the Milan players, who had a slightly better performance, smiled helplessly.
Leang displayed a wonderful individual performance. In the 40th minute of the first half, Marseille turned and dribbled with both feet in midfield to take off PSG’s pressure. However, in the end, the ball was taken away and the opportunity was not utilized.
Two minutes of extra time were given, and the first half ended with PSG ahead by one goal.
At the start of the second half, Milan had a chance to score. While Donnarumma rose to a high position and cleared the ball, Milan attempted to score by shooting into an empty goal. However, the PSG defense was unable to take advantage of the opportunity.
Immediately afterwards, it seemed like PSG would score an additional goal. While the Milan defense was struggling at the halfway line, Ugarte rushed in and snatched the ball. Vitinha passed the ball to Dembele on the right side, who dribbled and pushed it into the opposite corner of the goal.
However, it was not recognized as a goal. As a result of the video review (VAR), it was ruled that Ugarte stealing the ball from Musa was a foul, and the goal was cancelled.
After overcoming the crisis, Milan took another good opportunity. Pulisic caught the long ball from the back and passed it to Giroud, who was rushing from the other side. Giroud quickly connected with a non-stop shot, but hit the side net and hit the ground.
However, PSG escaped by one more goal. In the 8th minute of the second half, in a corner kick attack situation, Mbappe quickly deployed while Milan’s defense settled down. Dembele caught the ball and shot inside the penalty box. Meignan parried the ball, but the ball found its way to the feet of Colo Muani. Colo Muani finished it effortlessly and effortlessly.
PSG continued to create opportunities. This time, PSG took the ball from Milan and launched a counterattack, but Mbappe finished the match with a powerful right-footed shot inside the box, but was unable to score by heading straight to Meignan.
Milan went on the attack for the first time in a long time. Pulisic drove from the right flank to the center and struck hard with his left foot, but Donnarumma caught it.
Dembele created space after exchanging a one-two pass with Colo Muani. Dembele, who completely broke down the defensive line, made a long connection towards Mbappe on the left. However, the pass was a bit long and Mbappe could not catch it. At the same time, the assistant referee’s spirit rose. Mbappe was ahead of the ball and was flagged for offside.
And Lee Kang-in was brought in. Lee Kang-in replaced Dembele in the 26th minute of the second half. At the same time, Fabian Luis was also substituted in place of Ugarte.
Lee Kang-in shook up the opposing defense with a simple dribble and then handed a pass to Mbappe. Mbappe attempted to break through the center, but was caught by the defense and a corner kick was declared.
There were also scenes that almost led to a point-loss crisis. A missed pass in the center gave possession to Milan, and Leao even fired a shot. Fortunately, Marquinhos blocked it well and it did not result in a goal being conceded.
Milan also made a substitution. He brought in Krunic and Musa and brought in Yashin Adli and Tom Masso Pobega to make changes. Immediately afterwards, Leang took a good opportunity. Leang, who penetrated into an empty space in the defense, received a pass and fired a shot aimed at the corner of the goal. Donnarumma was startled and threw it away. Adli then fell after being pushed by Jair Emery in the box, but the referee continued the game.
Milan gained strength. Giroud tried to score with a header through a corner kick in the 36th minute of the second half, but it went straight at Donnarumma.
The attack started from Lee Kang-in’s toes, followed by passes to Hakimi, Vitinha, and Mbappe. Mbappe kicked with his right foot in an unmarked situation, but was out after hitting the hand and hitting the goalpost.
Leant had another chance, but this time his final touch was long and he was unable to capitalize on the opportunity. Lee Kang-in demonstrated a dribble that took off the pressure of three opposing players. He then delighted the audience with his dribbling that led to Theo’s foul.
And just as regular time was about to end in the second half, Lee Kang-in scored his debut goal in the Champions League.
In the 44th minute of the second half, Lee Kang-in rushed to the center after exchanging one-two passes with Jair-Emere near the right touchline just in front of the halfway line. Jair-Emery drove the ball in from the right side of the penalty area to the center, and substitute Hamus cleverly let the ball go. Lee Kang-in shot diagonally with his left foot from an unmarked chance near the arc and accurately put the ball into the corner of the goal. It was the moment when his PSG debut goal and Champions League debut goal was scored. All of his teammates came running to congratulate Lee Kang-in on his debut goal.
Four minutes of extra time were added, and PSG secured a comfortable victory at home. It was an unexpected 3-0 victory. Considering that AC Milan is a team that advanced to the semifinals by defeating Tottenham in the round of 16 and Napoli in the quarterfinals of the Champions League last season, the value of PSG’s victory on this day shines even more.
After the game, Lee Kang-in hugged not only his fellow players but also Lucas’ older brother, AC Milan defender Theo, and was thrilled with the score.
As a result, Lee Kang-in played well in both of his team’s games after the international break. He started against Strasbourg and played full-time, and in the Champions League match against strong team Milan, he started on the bench and came on as a substitute in the second half, even scoring a goal, gradually solidifying his position.
In fact, he didn’t show well against Strasbourg. Lee Kang-in recorded one shot in 90 minutes and delivered 48 of 53 passes to his teammates, recording a pass success rate of 91%. His opportunity creation was 1 time and his dribble success was 1 time out of 3. On defense, he recorded one interception and had seven recoveries.
Due to the nature of PSG, which revolves around Mbappe, it was somewhat disappointing that Lee Kang-in had few opportunities to touch the ball. The frequency of attacks on the left side, where Mbappe mainly played, was 59% higher than on the right side where Lee Kang-in was located. He also made most of his passes sideways or back passes. He didn’t stand out much other than the kill pass that led to Carlos Soler’s additional goal.
He had no choice but to have a low rating. Footmob, a soccer statistics company, gave Lee Kang-in a rating of 7.1. The overall rating was high, and Lee Kang-in, along with Danilo, had the lowest rating among the field players.
Sofa Score, another statistical company, also gave Lee Kang-in a rating of 6.9 points. It was the lowest rating among the 11 starters. WhoScored.com also gave Lee Kang-in the lowest score of 6.6. The overall assessment was that Lee Kang-in’s appearance was virtually invisible.
Lee Kang-in, who failed to impress against Strasbourg, had his best night yet as he scored his debut goal against Milan. Even in limited playing time, he scored impressive goals and clearly caught the eye of Coach Enrique. Lee Kang-in, who has not had many opportunities until now due to injury, is expected to gain momentum in the competition for the starting position in the future through this game.
This day’s game was Lee Kang-in’s 7th Champions League game. Lee Kang-in, who previously played for Valencia in Spain’s La Liga, made his ‘dream stage’ debut by coming on as a substitute in extra time in the second half of the first leg of the 2018/19 Champions League group stage against Chelsea on September 18, 2019. In the home game against Ajax on October 3 of the same year, he played for about 34 minutes in the second half, increasing his playing time. Afterwards, Lee Kang-in, who played three more Champions League games for Valencia, ended his relationship with the Champions League when he transferred to Mallorca in the same La Liga season in the 2021/22 season.
However, his Champions League challenge began again when he wore the PSG uniform this season.
Lee Kang-in, who completed rehabilitation from an injury and played about 10 minutes in the second half of the first group match against Dortmund on September 20, later lost 1-4 in the away match against Newcastle United in the second match due to participation in the Hangzhou Asian Games. He heard the news on his mobile phone in China, but despite his short playing time, he played a big role in this game against AC Milan, scoring his debut goal in the Champions League and contributing to the team’s 3-0 victory.짱구카지노 도메인
Moreover, if Klinsmann’s two and one goals scored in this month’s match against Tunisia and Vietnam, respectively, he has scored four goals in the last four official matches. He made it known that he has the ability to make team play smoothly in the midfield and not only help his teammates score, but also has the ability to solve problems on his own.
Lee Kang-in, who scored his first goal in the Champions League, is now preparing to soar in Ligue 1. They will play a Ligue 1 away game against Brestois at 9pm on the 29th and a home game against Montpellier on November 4th. Considering the rotation, there is a high possibility that Lee Kang-in will be selected again in the match against Brestois. His Ligue 1 debut goal is also worth looking forward to. Then, they will play another Champions League match against AC Milan at 5 a.m. on November 8.