Despite the spotlight being on him, Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) emphasized the importance of team and teammates.
Hwang Sun-hong’s South Korea Under-24 football team won their final Group E match of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games 3-0 on Thursday at the Jinhua Sports Center Stadium in Jinhua, Zhejiang Province, China.
Lee Kang-in, who arrived in Hangzhou on Nov. 21 to join Hwang Sun-hong in the team’s schedule, made his first appearance on the field.
He started up front and was on the field until the 36th minute.
He ran around several opponents to create space for his teammates and made several sharp passes.
The fact that he didn’t score an offensive point isn’t a huge detriment. Initially, Lee Kang-in’s start was focused on his ‘team adjustment’.
In the second half, Lee Han-beom (Meatwillan), Baek Seung-ho (Jeonbuk), and Ko Young-joon (Pohang) scored consecutive goals to give Hwang Sun-hong a comfortable victory.
Nevertheless, after the game, reporters in the joint press area (mix zone) swarmed around Lee Kang-in.
He was the “key player” in Korea’s third consecutive Asian Games victory.
When asked if he felt overwhelmed by the attention, Lee said, “I don’t think so. The most important thing right now is for everyone to work as a team and look at the same goal and go together,” he said, “and in the process, I want to help the team get there as much as possible.”
“The other players are very good, they know the game,” he added.
When asked how he feels about his current form and condition, he emphasized the word “team.
“My injury has recovered well. I will try to show a good performance,” he said, adding, “Even if (I) don’t perform well, I will try to win the tournament because the team performance is the most important thing.”
He was not satisfied with his performance on the day.
“I played with the players for the first time (in practice), but I think there are a lot of things I need to improve,” Lee said, adding, “I will definitely try to win the next match.”
With the victory, Hwang will now face Kyrgyzstan in the round of 16 at 8:30 p.m. KST on Nov. 27. 파워볼게임