Lee Kang-in’s 6th goal explosion → Another Korean first record → ‘KING’ sweeping the official MOM… Despite a big success, Mallorca draws 1-1 against Bilbao
Lee Kang-in (21, Mallorca) exploded again. Shaking the net at home, the first Korean to achieve double-digit attack points in the Primera Liga. I swept everything, but I couldn’t enjoy the team’s victory.
Mallorca drew 1-1 with Athletic Bilbao in the 32nd round of the ‘2022-23 season Spanish Primera Liga’ held at the home stadium Estadi Mallorca Son Moix on the 2nd (Korean time). On the day, they added 1 point and finished 11th in the league.
Mallorca faced Bilbao with a Plan A five-back under coach Javier Agirae. Kang-in Lee, the ‘fantastic partner’, led the team’s attack in the second line and shook it, and Muriki aimed for post play and scoring from the front. Athletic Bilbao aimed at the Mallorca net with a Gurujeta one-top on a four-back basis.
We had the home field advantage, but we couldn’t bring the atmosphere clearly from the beginning of the first half. It was a pattern of focusing on defense and aiming for an empty space behind Athletic Bilbao. It was not until the 40th minute of the first half that Lee Kang-in caught the ball and Morlanes connected it with a shot, creating a meaningful scene.
Lee Kang-in led the Mallorca attack and showed off his sharp left-footed ability in set pieces such as corner kicks. The cautious atmosphere changed in the second half. Mallorca shook Athletic Bilbao from the beginning of the second half and showed a willingness to score. In the 7th minute of the second half, Muriki created a one-on-one chance with the goalkeeper, making the home crowd cheer. Ndiaye also showed fierce shooting.
Mallorca’s opening goal was Lee Kang-in. In the 13th minute of the second half, Muriki failed to connect the Ndiaye cross with a shot, but Lee Kang-in seized the opportunity. With a bold left-footed shot, he aimed at the Athletic Bilbao goal, and the ball hit the defense and was refracted and sucked into the net. It was the moment when he scored his 6th goal in Primera Liga this season 스포츠토토.
With the opening goal against Athletic Bilbao, he has recorded 6 goals and 4 assists so far. In the match against Getafe, the first Korean Primera Liga scored multiple goals, and this time, the first Korean Primera Liga scored double-digit attack points. The potential he has accumulated since his days in Valencia and the talent of the ‘Golden Boy’ in the U-20 World Cup are exploding this season.
However, Mallorca’s victory was not enjoyed. Athletic Bilbao pulled the reins on the equalizer by dropping Alvarez and Herrera and putting in De Marcos and Zaraga. Mallorca also responded with Hajika Dunic, Dani and Baba. Athletic Bilbao brought a growing flow behind the substitutions. Mallorca, who held up well, had to settle for one point, conceding an equalizer in extra time in the second half.
Lee Kang-in was the ‘KING’ on this day as well. It received 8.4 points, the highest score among both teams, in Whoscored.com, a soccer statistics media outlet. Even in the draw, the Primera Liga swept the official Man of the Match (MOM), showing off its overwhelming presence once again.