Lee Kang-in, birthday self-congratulation No. 4 help… Mallorca win 4-2 over Villarreal
Golden Boy’ Lee Kang-in (22) took the lead in the victory of his team, Mallorca (Spain), by helping in Season 4 to celebrate his birthday.
Lee Kang-in 안전놀이터 started on the 19th (Korean time) in the home game against Villarreal in the 22nd round of the 2022-2023 Spanish Primera Liga held at Visit Mallorca Estadi in Mallorca, Spain, and walked on the ground for 81 minutes.
He played a big role, helping Dani Rodriguez’s winning goal in the 11th minute of the second half, leading 3-2, and the team beat Villarreal 4-2 by adding Bedat Muriki’s goal 7 minutes later.
Lee Kang-in, who celebrated his birthday on this day, appeared as a left midfielder in the second line and showed off his unique and sophisticated kicking power along with his vigorous activity.
Just 10 minutes into the game, he put up a sharp free-kick cross from the left flank to create Antonio Laillo’s header.
In the 45th minute of the first half, he was surrounded by two defenders from the left corner, but after creating a gap with his personal skills, he raised a cross and contributed to the score to lead 2-1.
Pablo Maffeo, who received Lee Kang-in’s cross, sent the ball back to the center, which Rodriguez finished with a header.
In the second half, Lee Kang-in’s left foot shone. In the 11th minute of the second half, a corner kick from the right side curled towards the goal, hit Rodriguez’s head and was sucked into the goal.
With the help of Lee Kang-in’s No. 4 this season, it is an attack point recorded in about four months after tasting the goal in an away game against his home team Valencia on October 23 last year.
Lee Kang-in is recording 2 goals and 4 assists in the regular league this season.
In the 28th minute of the second half, in a counterattack situation, he ran alone to the rear of Villarreal, which had no defender, and created a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper. However, the shot slightly missed the side of the goal and swallowed the regret.
According to WhoScored.com, a soccer statistics site, Lee Kang-in attempted 29 passes, recording an 86% success rate, and made two key passes that led to scoring opportunities.
He also showed off his defensive power in midfield, making five tackles and one successful interception. The media gave Lee Kang-in a rating of 7.7, the third highest in the team.
Mallorca, who took the lead in the 20th minute through Tino Cadeweir’s goal, received good news one minute later when opposing midfielder Manuel Triroges was immediately sent off after striking Rodriguez in the face with his hand.
In the 43rd minute of the first half, Jose Morales scored an equalizer due to a defensive error, but after taking advantage of the numerical superiority, Rodriguez opened the scoring in the 45th minute to keep the lead.
In the 5th minute of the second half, Mallorca made another pass mistake from the rear and conceded an additional goal, but Rodriguez, who received Lee Kang-in’s cross in the 6th minute, completed a multi-goal and took the lead again.
Muriki scored the team’s fourth goal in the 17th minute of the second half.
Mallorca (31 points), who had 9 wins, 4 draws and 9 losses, moved Villarreal, who had the same points, to 9th place in the winner-to-win principle and became 8th.