By Hwang Sun-hong Ho Prodigy midfielder Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) is on a roll.
Starting as a central attacking midfielder in the round of 16 match between Kyrgyzstan and Hangzhou at the Jinhua Sports Center Stadium in Zhejiang, China, on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET, Lee is showing off all of his skills, including dribbling, crossing and passing.
After a brief 36-minute appearance in the first half of the final group game against Bahrain on Sept. 24 to check his fitness, Lee was much lighter on his feet on this day and was active in the second line. He moved back and forth between the center and flanks to assemble the attack.
In the eighth minute, Lee exchanged one-on-one passes with Jung Woo-young before attempting a left-footed shot to the bottom right corner of the goal from a diagonal spot on the left side of the box. The process was smooth, but the ball left Lee’s left foot and went just wide of the goal. 토토사이트
In addition to stripping defenders with phantom dribbles in the opponent’s half, Lee created a golden opportunity for Jung Woo-young in the 31st minute with a sharp pass through the back of the defense. Jung Woo-young caught the ball and scored with a right-footed volley, but the goal was nullified by an offside penalty.
Lee Kang-in was not done. In the 36th minute, he sent in another cross, this time from the left side of the box, with his left foot out front. It’s a difficult technique. There were gasps from the stands.
South Korea took the lead in the first half with a penalty from Baek Seung-ho in the 11th minute and a header from Jung Woo-young in the 12th minute. However, in the 28th minute, Baek Seung-ho made a mistake with a ball touch in the South Korean zone, which led to a counterattack and a goal by Mascat Aligulov.
With South Korea holding a precarious 2-1 halftime lead, Lee Kang-in was the player who shone the brightest in the first half, even without an offensive point.