Hwang Hee-chan gets one assist as Wolverhampton cruise to 3-0 win
기사입력 2023.12.31. 07:05 am 최종수정 2023.12.31. 07:34 am 기사문

Hwang Hee-chan (27) led the way with a strong performance, including his third assist of the season. Although he hit the post on one occasion, he was sharp throughout the match.

Wolverhampton defeated Everton 3-0 in the 20th round of the 2023-24 English Premier League (EPL) at Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, England, on Aug. 31.

Hwang played just 45 minutes in the previous match against Brentford due to a back problem, but he returned to the starting lineup and played the full game. He threatened Everton’s goal early in the first half by leading the team’s counter-attack, breaking into the box in the second minute and crossing the ball to Mateusz Cunha after a perfect painting move. However, he was denied by the defense.

Five minutes later, there was more disappointment. After an Everton free-kick was blocked, Wolverhampton quickly counter-attacked and got into their own half. Cunha’s pass found Hwang Hee-chan one-on-one, but he couldn’t time his shot well enough and was denied by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

But the first goal belonged to Wolverhampton, who kept pounding away. A corner in the 25th minute was blocked, but shortly afterward Cunha’s cross was met by Craig Dawson. Pickford made the first save, but the rebound was pounced on by Max Kilman, who rattled the post.

The first half ended with a 1-0 lead for Wolverhampton.

Hwang, who had already made a good move, provided the perfect assist for the team’s second goal. Eight minutes into the second half, he received a perfect through ball from Pablo Sarabia and found space behind him. He then delivered a sharp cross, which Cunha finished with a simple tap-in.

Another good move from Hwang Hee-chan. In the 15th minute, he picked up a ball that was poorly cleared by the opposition defense and headed straight for goal. After a quick turn in the box, he struck the ball with his right foot, but it hit the left side of the net.

But Wolverhampton practically sealed the deal just two minutes later. After a corner was cleared, Cunha’s cross was tipped over by Dawson and rattled the bar.

Hwang came close again in the 26th minute when she found herself inside the box, but her shot was saved by Pickford. Just a minute later, Hwang rattled the net with a left-footed shot after getting into the box, only to be ruled offside. The offside flag was raised by the slimmest of margins.

Hwang Hee-chan assisted Pedro Neto’s second goal in stoppage time, but was again ruled offside. Everton, meanwhile, went down without a shot on target. Wolverhampton ran out comfortable winners.

With the win, Wolverhampton have now won all three of their Boxing Day matches and have eight league wins (D4, L8). At 11th place (28 points), Wolverhampton are still level on points with 10th-place Chelsea.

Hwang, who played the full game, earned a rating of 7.4 from soccer stats outlet Pompom. He had a 70% passing success rate (14 completions/20 attempts), one key pass, one assist, two shots on goal, and one successful dribble on the day. He had the fewest touches of any player who played 90 minutes (37), but he was sharp throughout the game, attacking Everton’s defense with his movement. The highest ratings were 8.4 for Kilman and Dawson, who combined to keep a clean sheet and score a goal. 헤라카지노

With the league schedule complete, Hwang’s eyes now turn to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) 2023 Asian Cup in Qatar, where he was called up to the national team led by Jürgen Klinsmann (GER) on June 28. Hwang will travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for training and an exhibition match against Iraq on June 6, before heading to Qatar for the final on June 10.

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