Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) finally returned from injury.
PSG defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the first match of Group F of the 2023 UEFA Champions League held at Parc des Princes in Paris, France on the 20th (Korean time).
Kylian Mbappe scored a penalty kick in the second half of the game at 0-0 to give PSG a 1-0 lead, but Ashraf Hakimi scored a goal in the 13th minute of the second half.
PSG, who were in the ‘Group of Death’ with Dortmund, AC Milan, and Newcastle United, who fought that day, got off to a good start by winning their first game.
It is even more satisfying because it is a victory achieved while Lee Kang-in is returning. Lee Kang-in, who started on the bench, was substituted in the 35th minute of the second half. It has been about a month since the 2023-24 Ligue 1 second round match against Lorient. Lee Kang-in, who had played in both games since the opening game, was unable to stand on the field due to a left thigh injury after the Lorient game.
In his return game from injury, Lee Kang-in was substituted in the 35th minute of the second half. Although he played less than 20 minutes including extra time, Lee Kang-in’s talent was fully confirmed. Despite the opponent’s harsh pressure, he succeeded in completing all 12 passes. After taking possession of the ball near the halfway line, he quickly passed a pass to Mbappe on the left side. In extra time, he also showed off his ability to relieve pressure with his unique individual skills.
Lee Kang-in, whom PSG brought in for a transfer fee of 22 million euros (about 31.2 billion won), will not be seen on the French stage for the time being. Lee Kang-in will be selected to the Hangzhou Asian Games national team under coach Hwang Sun-hong with the cooperation of PSG.
On the 15th, the Korea Football Association officially announced메이저사이트, “As a result of discussions with PSG, Lee Kang-in will join the Asian Games national team after finishing the Champions League match against Dortmund.”
As announced by the association, Lee Kang-in will enter the country through Hangzhou Airport on the afternoon of the 21st after finishing the match against Dortmund. Although it is difficult for him to participate in the second match of Group E (vs Thailand), which kicks off at Jinhua Stadium at 8:30 pm on the 21st, he is expected to ‘intuit’ the movements of his teammates.
Korea, which is attempting to win its first three consecutive Asian Games, won the first game on the 19th by scoring 9 goals, including a hat trick by Jung Woo-young and multiple goals by Cho Young-wook. In addition, the team is expected to gain greater momentum with the addition of Lee Kang-in, who returned from the Champions League warm-up.