Lee Kang-in Returns from Injury as PSG Wins 2-0 Against Borussia Dortmund
By Lee Seong-min, Sports Reporter | September 20, 2023 | 19:11
Paris Saint-Germain’s midfielder, Lee Kang-in, has made an impressive comeback after recovering from his injury. In a thrilling Group F match against Borussia Dortmund, held at the Parc des Princes in Paris, PSG emerged victorious with a 2-0 win in the first leg of the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League group stage.
Having been placed in the challenging ‘Group of Death’ alongside AC Milan, Dortmund, and Newcastle United, PSG managed to kick off their campaign on a positive note by securing a convincing victory in their opening game.
The match remained at a deadlock until the first half, but the game intensified in the second half. Kylian Mbappe, PSG’s renowned superstar, broke the stalemate by scoring a penalty kick in the 49th minute, giving PSG the lead. The French side extended their advantage with Ashraf Hakimi’s goal in the 58th minute, bringing the final score to 2-0 in favor of PSG.
Lee Kang-in, who had been eagerly waiting to return to action, started the game on the bench. However, in the 80th minute, he replaced Vitinya and made his presence felt on the pitch. This appearance marked his comeback after being sidelined for a month due to a left thigh injury suffered in a match against Lorient in the 2023/24 Ligue 1 season.
Although Lee Kang-in’s playing time was limited to just 10 minutes against Dortmund, he displayed commendable performance on the field. According to the soccer statistics website ‘Sofa Score,’ Lee Kang-in had 14 touches, maintained a 100% pass success rate, and won 1 duel. His overall performance earned him a score of 6.7 points from ‘Sofa Score.’
Lee Kang-in, who honed his skills in Valencia’s youth team, departed from the club in August 2021 to join Real Mallorca. After adjusting in his first season, he emerged as Mallorca’s key player in the previous season, contributing with 6 goals and 7 assists in 39 appearances across all competitions in the 2022/23 campaign. Consequently, Lee Kang-in secured a move to the prestigious French Ligue 1 club, PSG, for a fee of 22 million euros (approximately 31.2 billion won).
However, since the start of the 2023/24 season, Lee Kang-in has yet to make a significant impact on the scoresheet. Unfortunately, he sustained an injury that prevented him from representing the Korean national team during the international matches in September. Fortunately, his recovery has been swift, and he returned to training last week, although he was not selected for the recent home game against OGC Nice.
Following the match against Dortmund, Lee Kang-in is set to temporarily bid adieu to PSG as he joins the Hangzhou Asian Games national team, which is led by coach Hwang Seon-hong. The Korea Football Association officially announced on the 15th that after negotiations with PSG, it has been agreed that Lee Kang-in will represent the Asian Games national team following the home game against Dortmund on the 19th, according to local time in France.
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Provided by Sportal Korea | 2023.09.20 19:11
[스포탈코리아] Reporter Lee Seong-min = Paris Saint-Germain’s Lee Kang-in announced that he has finally returned from injury.
PSG won 2-0 in the first leg of the Group F match of the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League group stage against Borussia Dortmund held at the Parc des Princes in Paris, France on the 20th (Korea time). PSG, who were in the ‘Group of Death’ along with AC Milan, Dortmund, and Newcastle United, got off to a good start with a win in their first game.
The game between the two teams, which were tied 0-0 until the first half, was decided in the second half. In the 4th minute of the second half, PSG’s world star, Kylian Mbappe, scored with a penalty kick, giving PSG the lead. PSG extended the lead to two goals with Ashraf Hakimi’s second goal in the 13th minute of the second half. The game ended with PSG winning.
Lee Kang-in started the game against Dortmund on the bench. He, who had been waiting to play, was finally brought on in place of Vitinya on 35 minutes of the second half. About a month has passed since the match against Lorient in the second round of Ligue 1 in the 2023/24 season. Lee Kang-in, who appeared in two games after the start of the 2023/24 season, suffered a left thigh injury after the Lorient game and was out of action.
Because he only played 10 minutes, Lee Kang-in did not show a special performance against Dortmund. According to soccer statistics website ‘Sofa Score’, Lee Kang-in touched the ball 14 times in 10 minutes in this game, recorded a pass success rate of 100%, and 1 duel win. ‘Sofa Score’ gave Lee Kang-in a score of 6.7 points.
Lee Kang-in, who grew up in Valencia’s youth team, left Valencia in August 2021 and joined Real Mallorca. Lee Kang-in, who went through an adjustment period in the first season, was reborn as Mallorca’s ace last season. He recorded 6 goals and 7 assists in 39 games in all competitions in the 2022/23 season. In recognition of this performance, Lee Kang-in joined the prestigious French Ligue 1 team PSG for 22 million euros (about 31.2 billion won).
Lee Kang-in has played in two games since the start of the 2023/24 season, but is yet to record an attacking point. In this situation, he got injured and was unable to join coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s Korean national team during the international match in September. Fortunately, Lee Kang-in, who recovered quickly from his injury, returned to training last week, but was not included in the roster for the home game against OGC Nice.
After the Dortmund game, Lee Kang-in will not be seen at PSG for now. Lee Kang-in will now be selected for the Hangzhou Asian Games national team led by coach Hwang Seon-hong. The Korea Football Association officially announced on the 15th, “As a result of negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain, it was finally agreed on the evening of the 14th that Lee Kang-in will join the Asian Games national team after the home League of the His team’s champions. game against Dortmund on the 19th, French local time.”
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