“Diligent and smart performance” Hwang Hee-chan, praised for his first and third goals against Liverpool… Wolverhampton couldn’t protect themselves and lost 1-3.
Hwang Hee-chan (27, Wolverhampton) produced an attack point again against Liverpool. However, unfortunately, the team was unable to protect Hwang Hee-chan’s first goal and conceded 3 goals, resulting in a defeat.
Wolverhampton lost 1-3 to Liverpool in the 5th round of the 2023-24 season Premier League (PL) held at Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, England at 8:30 pm (Korean time) on the 16th. As a result, Wolverhampton maintained 15th place with 1 win and 4 losses (3 points) along with 2 consecutive losses. Liverpool, who earned 3 points in an enemy field, was in 3rd place with 4 wins and 1 draw (13 points).
Hwang Hee-chan’s early pace this season is very good. Before Liverpool, he scored a total of 2 goals, scoring 1 goal each against Brighton and Palace. First, in the 16th minute of the second half against Brighton, Hwang Hee-chan headed Pablo Sarabia’s goal from a corner kick and headed into the corner of the far post, successfully scoring a makeover goal. And in the 20th minute of the second half against Palace, a free kick was given from the side and Pedro Neto kicked it into the box. The ball was deflected as it hit Hwang Hee-chan’s shoulder and was sucked into the right corner, resulting in the equalizer. Coincidentally, both goals came after being substituted.
The reviews were also good. After the opening match against Manchester United, England’s ‘Birmingham Live’ said, “After Hwang Hee-chan came on as a substitute, Matheus Nunes moved to the center. Hwang Hee-chan took his place on the left side. He tried to score with ambition.”
After the 2nd round match against Brighton, ‘Birmingham Live’ highlighted, “Sarabia found Hwang Hee-chan and sent a cross, and Hwang Hee-chan scored. Although Hwang Hee-chan’s header was weak, it was enough to get past the Brighton goalkeeper.” In addition, ‘Molineux News’ said, “Hwang Hee-chan was the only positive player in the match against Brighton. He is good enough to start against Everton. In addition, in the match against Manchester United, Hwang Hee-chan was a threat when other strikers were unable to finish, and he was able to create something in the match against Brighton as well. “I worked hard and even scored a header,” he said.
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It continued like that, and was well-received in the Liverpool game as well. ‘Birmingham Live’ said, “Hwang Hee-chan calmly scored his third goal of the season. The versatile striker, who started as a right-wing attacker, played diligently and smartly.”
It is definitely a standout performance that contrasts with the team situation. Until the 4th round of the PL, Wolverhampton lost 0-1 to Manchester United, 1-4 to Brighton, 1-0 to Everton, and 2-3 to Crystal Palace. As a result, they were in 15th place with 1 win and 3 losses. Compared to the departure of key resources in the summer transfer market, reinforcements were not carried out well, and coach Julen Lopetegui stepped down from the baton, and the aftermath continues.
‘Ace’ Hwang Hee-chan was selected as the starter. The home team, Wolverhampton, used a 4-2-3-1 formation. Matheus Cunha was the front line, Pedro Neto, Jean Richner Bellegarde, and Hwang Hee-chan formed the second line, and Joao Gomes and Mario Lemina defended the midfield. Rayan Aitnuri, Maximilian Kilman, Craig Dawson and Nelson Semedo formed the back four, with José Saga donning the goalkeeper’s gloves.
In response, the away team Liverpool used a 4-3-3 formation. Diogo Jota, Cody Gakpo, and Mohamed Salah were deployed in the attack line, while Curtis Jones, Alexis Mac Allister, and Dominique Szoboslaui were named in the midfield line. Andy Robertson, Joel Matip, Jarrell Quansa and Joe Gomez formed the defense, with Alisson Becker guarding the goal.
Hwang Hee-chan scored in the 7th minute of the first half. Neto drove the ball up from the Wolverhampton camp. And in a situation where he was surrounded by three people in front of the penalty box, he dribbled through and entered the inside. Soon, a ground ball cross was sent to the other side, and Hwang Hee-chan kicked it towards the goal. Alisson threw his body, but it was recognized as a goal as he crossed the goal line. It was Hwang Hee-chan’s third league goal this season.
However, Wolverhampton bowed out conceding three goals. They could not avoid defeat due to Gakpo’s own goal in the 10th minute of the second half, Robertson’s own goal in the 40th minute of the second half, and Hugo Bueno’s own goal in the 1st minute of added time in the second half.
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[First half game stats, Wolverhampton vs. Liverpool]
Possession: 36.3% vs. 63.7% / Total shots: 8 vs. 5 / Effective shots: 2 vs. 2 / Ball touches: 278 vs. 412 / Total passes: 174 vs. 323 / Tackle attempts: 11 vs 11 / Clearing: 8 vs 12 / Corner kicks: 4 vs 1 / Yellow cards: 0 vs 1 / Fouls: 4 vs 1 [First and second half game
stats , Wolverhampton vs Liverpool]
Possession: 32.9% vs 67.1% / Total shots: 11 vs 16 / Effective shots: 2 vs 6 / Ball touches: 555 vs 891 / Total passes: 336 vs 709 / Tackles Attempts: 22 vs 22 / Clearings: 25 vs 18 / Corner kicks: 4 vs 4 / Yellow cards: 1 vs 2 / Fouls: 10 vs 4 [’60-minute play’ Hwang Hee-chan’s game record
1 score, 82% pass success rate, 1 shot (1 effective), 25 ball touches, 0 successes out of 2 dribbling attempts, 3 recoveries, 1 success out of 4 ground duels attempts, 1 aerial duel attempt 0 successes, 1 foul committed
Foot mob: José Sa (6.6 points) – Rayan Aitnouri (7.3 points), Maximilian Kilman (5.6 points), Craig Dawson (5.7 points), Nelson Semedo (6.8 points) – Joao Gomes (6.9 points), Mario Lemina. (7.4 points) – Pedro Neto (7.9 points), Jean Richner Bellegarde (6.4 points), *Hwang Hee-chan (6.9 points) – Mateus Cunha (6.8 points)
In ‘Foot Mob’, Hwang Hee-chan defeated Neto, Lemina, and Ait Nouri. It was followed by 4th place.
WhoScored.com: José Sa (6.6 points) – Rayan Aitnouri (7.2 points), Maximilian Kilman (5.9 points), Craig Dawson (6.1 points), Nelson Semedo (7.5 points) – Joao Gomes (6.9 points), Mario Lemina (6.8 points) – Pedro Neto (7.8 points), Jean Richner Bellegarde (6.5 points), *Hwang Hee-chan (6.9 points) – Mateus Cuna (6.9 points)
In ‘WhoScored.com’, Hwang Hee-chan ranked Neto and Seme Two, it was in 4th place after Ait Nuri.
Sofa scores: José Sa (6.7 points) – Rayan Aitnouri (7.4 points), Maximilian Kilman (6.3 points), Craig Dawson (6.6 points), Nelson Semedo (7.2 points) – Joao Gomes (7.1 points), Mario Lemi Me (7.1 points) – Pedro Neto (7.4 points), Jean Richner Bellegarde (6.5 points), *Hwang Hee-chan (6.8 points) – Mateusz Cunha (7.0 points)
In ‘Sofa Score’, Hwang Hee-chan scored Neto, Aitnuri, and Seme. He was in 7th place, following Dou, Gomes, Lemina, and Cunha.
Foot Mob: Alisson Becker (6.1 points) – Andy Robertson (8.4 points), Joel Matip (7.9 points), Jarrell Quansa (7.7 points), Joe Gomez (7.4 points) – Curtis Jones (7.5 points), Alexis Mack Allister (6.5 points) points), Dominique Szoboszloi (7.8 points) – Diogo Jota (7.1 points), Cody Gakpo (7.6 points) – Mohamed Salah (8.8 points) WhoScored.com: Alisson Becker (6.1 points) –
Andy Robertson (7.9 points) , Joel Matip (7.0 points), Jarrell Kwansa (7.0 points), Joe Gomez (6.8 points) – Curtis Jones (6.9 points), Alexis Mac Allister (6.2 points), Dominique Szoboslaui (6.9 points) – Diogo Jota ( 6.6 points), Cody Gakpo (7.1 points) – Mohamed Salah (8.3 points)
Sofa scores: Alisson Becker (6.4 points) – Andy Robertson (7.9 points), Joel Matip (7.1 points), Jarrell Quansa (7.2 points), Joe Gomez (6.6 points) – Curtis Jones (7.0 points), Alexis Mac Allister (6.7 points), Dominique Szoboszloi (7.3 points) – Diogo Jota (7.0 points), Cody Gakpo (7.3 points) – Mohamed Salah (8.2 points)
Everyone gave the highest rating to Salah, who recorded multiple assists.
Wolverhampton, who fought hard against Liverpool, scored the first goal early on. In the 7th minute of the first half, Neto drove the ball up from the Wolverhampton camp. And in a situation where he was surrounded by three people in front of the penalty box, he dribbled through and entered the inside. Soon, a ground ball cross was sent to the other side, and Hwang Hee-chan kicked it toward the goal. Alisson threw his body, but it was recognized as a goal as he crossed the goal line. It was Hwang Hee-chan’s third league goal this season.
Wolverhampton missed the opportunity to score an additional goal. In the 10th minute of the first half, Semedo attempted a cross from the right after exchanging passes between Hwang Hee-chan and Lee Dae-il. The ball was headed straight for Neto, but Gomez succeeded in blocking it.
Liverpool counterattacked. In the 13th minute of the first half, Salah, who received a pass from Gakpo, crossed from the right side and Jota, who was in front of the goal, hit his foot. However, it ended in vain as it soared over the crossbar.
Wolverhampton swallowed its regret. In the 19th minute of the first half, Neto cut from the left side to the center and shot toward the near post right in front of the penalty box. However, it went to the side of the goal by a narrow margin.
Hwang Hee-chan’s multiple goal was canceled out. In the 29th minute of the first half, Wolverhampton attempted a counterattack and Neto scored long from outside the penalty box. Hwang Hee-chan tried to take the shooting action after chest trapping, but was stopped by the quickly attached defense.
Wolverhampton hit the ground. In the 34th minute of the first half, Neto cleverly removed Matip from the left flank. He then fired a sharp cross towards the goal. Cunha had an unmarked chance, but failed to score as his attempted header hit his knee. Additionally, in the 35th minute of the first half, Mac Allister missed a pass in the midfield and Cunha caught it and then made a surprise shot from the halfway line. However, the ball flew to the ground and was caught by Alisson’s goalkeeper’s foot.
Liverpool’s chance was squandered. In the 39th minute of the first half, Robertson crossed from the left side after overlapping. Gakpo hit this with his foot in a no-mark chance, but due to a miss, he largely missed the goal. In the 45th minute of the first half, Gakpo hit Matip’s early cross on the head, which also went over the crossbar.메이저사이트
In the 1st minute of added time in the first half, a cross came from the left side and the Wolverhampton goalkeeper was unable to hit it properly. Salah pushed the second ball, but it was blocked by a defensive block that threw his body. Szoboslaui shot the ball again, but this time it was blocked by the goalkeeper. The first half ended with Wolverhampton leading 1-0.
Liverpool used the substitution card at the start of the second half. Mac Allister went out and Luis Diaz came in. And in the second minute of the second half, a lobbed pass was sent to Robertson, who was penetrating into the penalty box. Robertson immediately put it in front of the goal, and Dias, who was rushing, hit it on the head, but it missed slightly by the side of the goal.
Wolverhampton also did not stand still. In the 4th minute of the second half, Cunha began to break through from the halfway line. Afterwards, he entered the penalty box from the left side and made a ‘cross shot’ which was caught by goalkeeper Alisson.
Liverpool managed to strike a balance. 10 minutes into the second half, a fight broke out in the penalty box. The attack continued as Dias, Jota, and Salah connected. At this time, Salah sent a strong cross in front of the goal, and Gakpo, who was rushing, lightly pushed it into the net. Along with scoring, Liverpool brought in Gakpo and Jota and sent in Darwin Núñez and Harvey Elliott.
Wolverhampton also responded. In the 15th minute of the second half, Hwang Hee-chan and Cunha were removed and Matt Doherty and Fabio Silva were put on the ground.
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Liverpool’s comeback was aborted. In the 25th minute of the second half, Nuñez exchanged passes with Dias in the penalty box where the Wolverhampton defense was crowded. And the shot right in front of the goal was blocked by the goalkeeper who jumped out.
In addition, in the 30th minute of the second half, a cross came up, and the Wolverhampton defense cleared Nuñez’s header. Szoboslai handled the second ball toward the front of the penalty arc with a left-foot half volley, but missed the goal by a wide margin.
Wolverhampton replaced. In the 32nd minute of the second half, Bellegarde and Lemina completed their duties, and Thomas Doyle and Boubacar Traoré appeared. And in the 35th minute of the second half, Semedo, who received Doherty’s cutback, simply pushed the kick, but was blocked by Matip’s block.
Liverpool lost Kwansa in the 38th minute of the second half due to injury, and Ibrahima Konate came on in his place. Liverpool turned the tables. In the 40th minute of the second half, Robertson passed to Salah and entered the penalty box. Afterwards, Salah gave up a through pass, and Robertson scored with a quick shot from the goal.
8 minutes of extra time were given in the second half. And in the 1st minute of added time in the second half, Liverpool scored a key goal. Elliot, who received Salah’s pass, shot with his left foot, and the ball deflected off the defense and hit the goal post. The official PL record was recorded as an own goal.
No more goals were scored, and the match ended with Liverpool’s come-from-behind victory.
In his career, Hwang Hee-chan faced Liverpool as a member of Salzburg (Austria), Leipzig (Germany), and Wolverhampton (England). And until this day, he played a total of 9 games and recorded decent stats of 3 goals and 1 assist.
In order, he scored 1 goal and 1 assist in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) in the 2019-20 season and 1 goal in the third round of the English FA Cup in the 2022-23 season. Lastly, he scored a goal in the 5th round of the PL in this 2023-24 season.
For Hwang Hee-chan, he can definitely be seen as a pleasant opponent. Hwang Hee-chan scored 75 goals throughout his career, and the four or more goals against one team were SKN Jean Folten (6 goals, Austria), Admira Wacker Mödling (6 goals, Austria), and Rheindorf Altach (4 goals, Austria). There are only 3 teams so far. The next record is 3 goals, and one of the 7 teams is Liverpool.
Hwang Hee-chan usually scored a lot of goals against Austrian teams. And when he landed in England, he showed a strong performance by scoring 3 goals each against Liverpool and Newcastle United.
Wolverhampton had a dramatic 2022-23 season. At first, he worked under coach Bruno Raz, who had been with him since the summer of 2021, but his performance continued to be disastrous. He recorded 1 win, 3 draws, and 4 losses in 8 games until the 9th round of the PL (postponed against Liverpool in the 7th round), remaining in 18th place, which is in the relegation zone. Accordingly, the dismissal was announced after the game against West Ham United. It was the same after that, with only 1 win, 1 draw, and 5 losses during the acting manager system. Accordingly, when Lopetegui’s successor took the helm, Wolverhampton was at the bottom of 20th place. They were designated as the first team to be relegated, and their retention seemed virtually a miracle.
However, he managed to survive thanks to ‘Lopetegui Magic’. Coach Lopetegui scored 31 points with 9 wins, 4 draws, and 10 losses in the remaining 23 PL games. Accordingly, Wolverhampton added the existing 10 points to 41 points, and was able to end the season in 13th place.
After the season ended, instead of being reinforced, there were many people who left. This was due to Financial Fair Play (FFP). The British Telegraph previously reported that Wolverhampton has already exceeded the FFP rule, which is evaluated every three years. As Wolverhampton could no longer provide support, Coach Lopetegui became angry and eventually ended up terminating his contract.
Last month, Wolverhampton appointed Coach O’Neill as the new head coach ahead of the opening of the 2023-24 season. He is young and promising, and signed a three-year contract with the club based on his success at Bournemouth. Coach O’Neill is Wolverhampton’s youngest head coach ever and has been in charge for six years. “He is a British coach who will lead the club,” the official announcement said.
He continued, “Coach O’Neill, who played as a midfielder for Portsmouth and West Ham United during his playing days, played in more than 200 games in the EPL. After retirement, he served as Liverpool Under-23 (U-23) coach in 2020 and took over as coach of Bournemouth in 2021. “Coach O’Neill has taken the helm for the new campaign, which will begin against Manchester United,” he added.
Matt Hobbs, Wolverhampton sporting director, said: “We are delighted to welcome O’Neill. He has strong principles and gets along with everyone. Our players have shown their skills during pre-season and I am confident that O’Neill will improve the squad and achieve success. “Wolverhampton is looking forward to Coach O’Neill. We give him our full support,” he said.
Even in this difficult situation, Hwang Hee-chan has already scored three goals and is taking charge of the team’s attack. However, even in the game against Liverpool, despite scoring a goal, he was disappointed with the loss.
And Hwang Hee-chan lost all PL scoring games this season. I couldn’t just smile after losing to Brighton (1-4 loss), Palace (2-3 loss), and Liverpool (1-3 loss).