▲ Mainz’s Jae-Sung Lee celebrates after scoring a goal in the away match against Arminia Bielefeld. ⓒ AP/Yonhap News
Jae-seong Lee scored his debut goal in the Bundesliga after 9 games since joining Mainz, contributing to the team’s victory.
Mainz defeated Arminia Bielefeld 2-1 in the 10th round of the 2021-2022 German Bundesliga held at Schko Arena in Bielefeld, Germany. As a result, Mainz, which has won two consecutive league victories, has maintained its fifth place with a record of 5 wins, 1 draws and 4 losses.
Lee Jae-sung, who was involved in two goals, leads the team to victory
On this day, Jae-Sung Lee made a start for two consecutive games following the 9th round against Augsburg, proving the recent uptrend without regret. He also scored the first goal in the 25th minute. Lee Jae-seong, who went up directly to the opposing half after spilling the ball in the course of the attack, gave Mainz the lead by not missing a shot as Onishio’s shot hit the keeper and he scored.
However, despite Lee Jae-sung’s opening goal, Mainz could not keep the lead. In the 42nd minute of the first half, Freitl gave as a header in a chaotic situation, and Laursen scored a goal, ending the first half 1-1.
In the second half, Jae-Sung Lee continued his performances. Lee Jae-seong, who created a chance for his teammates through a sharp pass from the rear, played the starting point for a comeback goal in the 23rd minute of the second half. When they gave a pass from the rear to the front at once, the Bielefeld defense could not clear this properly, and Berkart, who did not miss it, succeeded in the comeback as he made a goal.
Jae-Sung Lee’s career did not end there. Lee Jae-seong, who succeeded in 32 out of 41 passes, provided 20 of these passes to the opposing camp, opening the way for the Mainz attack. In addition, he was able to confirm that his influence in attack was quite large during 77 minutes of successful ball contests, 2 blood fouls, 6 ball recovery, and 3 aerial ball contests. For Lee Jae-sung’s performance, soccer statistics sites ‘fotmob’ and ‘Whoscore.com’ gave 8.1 points and 7.7 points, respectively, and selected him as the best player in the game.
Lee Jae-sung, on the rise, makes a soft landing in the Bundesliga
In the summer of 2018, Lee Jae-seong joined the German Bundesliga 2 Holstein Kiel and stepped onto the German stage. Amidst these performances, Jae-seong Lee transferred to Mainz in the 1st division ahead of this season and was rewarded for his performances.
However, the start was not smooth. Jae-seong Lee, who was injured while being called up to the national football team led by coach Paulo Bento in June, was not able to properly play the pre-season and was unable to maintain a normal body condition as well as breathing with his teammates. Nevertheless, as a confirmed case of Corona 19 came out of his team, he started in two matches (Leipzig-Bochum) after the opening, but did not show the performance as expected.
Because of this, Jae-Sung Lee did not get a chance to start the game, starting with Greuther Fürth on August 29th. Not only that, but in the games he participated in, he had a hard time seizing opportunities, such as playing for a maximum of 15 minutes.
However, in October, Lee Jae-seong’s upward trend began. On the 17th, in the match against Borussia Dortmund, Lee Jae-seong, who was replaced in the 23rd minute of the second half, assisted Berkart’s recovery goal in the 42nd minute of the second half, and scored the first attack point in the Bundesliga. Augsburg-Bielefeld (Pokal Round of 32)- He started in all matches against Bielefeld.
And that upward trend led to the goal of scoring in the 10th round of the league against Bielefeld. In the course of the counterattack, he ran for about 60m without giving up and succeeded in scoring, but it would not be an exaggeration to say that the goal was actually created by Lee Jae-seong’s dedication. Lee Jae-seong, who made his Bundesliga debut goal against Bielefeld, was able to relieve the disappointment of hitting the goal post in the last match against Leipzig. And Lee Jae-seong, who has started to rise markedly by scoring one goal and one assist in the last three games, has made a soft landing in the Bundesliga in earnest.
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