The first goal was allowed, but Lee Kang-in’s performance was great.
The Korean national soccer team, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, faces off against Uruguay (ranked 16th in the FIFA rankings) in the ‘메이저놀이터Hana Bank Invitation National Football Team Friendly Match’ held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium at 8:00 pm on the 28th. Korea is currently leading 0-1 in the first half.
Coach Klinsman started Hwang Ui-jo, Son Heung-min, Lee Kang-in, Lee Jae-seong, Jeong Woo-young (Al Sadd), Hwang In-beom, Kim Min-jae, Kim Young-kwon, Lee Gi-je and Kim Tae-hwan as starters. Cho Hyun-woo was chosen instead of Kim Seung-kyu as the goalkeeper.
On this day, Lee Kang-in started. In the previous match against Colombia, Jung Woo-young (Praliburg) played the left winger, but in the match against Uruguay that day, Lee Kang-in started. It is the first A-match selection in two matches since the match against Portugal in the third round of the last World Cup group stage in Qatar.
Korea allowed an early run. In the 10th minute of the first half, Valverde raised a corner kick, and Coates rose high and split the net with his head. Korea, who allowed the first goal, counterattacked. In the 13th minute of the first half, Hwang In-beom took a shot with his left foot, but the Uruguayan defense blocked it.
Korea got the mood little by little. The main character of Korea’s attack in the first half was Lee Kang-in. Lee Kang-in, who received a one-two pass in the 14th minute of the first half, deceived the defense with a turn in the penalty box, but was blocked by the Uruguay defense.
Lee Kang-in started on the left at the beginning of the first half, but moved to the right after the middle. Mainly left fullback Lee Ki-je’s right conversion pass was delivered to Lee Kang-in. In the 25th minute of the first half, Lee Kang-in, who received a reverse conversion pass, folded from the right and hit it with his left foot, but was hugged in front of the goalkeeper Melee. It was a scene where Lee Kang-in’s light movements were confirmed.
Lee Kang-in was sharp not only in dribbling but also in kicking. In the 38th minute of the first half, Lee Kang-in crossed from the right, and Lee Ki-je fired a left-footed volley, but it missed the goal slightly. Lee Kang-in continued to show confident play. In the 42nd minute of the first half, Lee Kang-in tried to break through the dribble between the three defenders from the right and earned a free kick. The first half ended with Korea leading 0-1, but Korea continued to be sharp in attack thanks to Lee Kang-in’s performance. Lee Kang-in is 100% living up to director Klinsman’s expectations.