Lee Kang-in helped Vitinha score the first goal in the fourth minute of the second half of the 2023-2024 League 1 round home game against FC Mes at Parc des Princes in Paris, France on the 20th (local time). Lee Kang-in scored an accurate cross just four minutes after the whistle sounded to mark the start of the second half. Lee Kang-in’s left-footed cross from the right reached Vitinha, who was rushing to the door, and Vitinha, who received the pass, shook the opponent’s net with a right-footed non-stop shot. PSG later won the game with Kylian Mbappe’s multiple goals.
With this assist, Lee Kang-in made his second assist of the season. It came about two months after he helped an additional goal against Brest (3-2 PSG win) in the 10th round of the League 1 on Oct. 29. Lee has two goals and two assists, including one in the league and one in the UEFA Champions League this season.
In particular, Lee Kang-in’s attack point is even more valuable as it came out in six games. Lee Kang-in has not been able to score an attack point in the league for the fifth game since the match against Montpellier, who scored the first goal on the 4th of last month. As the silence got longer, some French media doubted Lee Kang-in’s performance. France’s Bloe criticized Lee Kang-in, saying, “He pretends to play an important role. He won’t reach the PSG level until February next year.” Le Parisien gave Lee Kang-in three out of 10 points after the match against Lille in the 16th round ended in a 1-1 draw.
However, he proved himself with this help. In addition to assisting in the first goal, he also showed off his successful pass rate of 94 percent and created three scoring opportunities. As a result, websites that give him the third highest ratings after Mbappe and Vitinha.
Lee, who played his last game at PSG this year, will take a short break and join the Korean national soccer team led by Jürgen Klinsmann. PSG has no more games scheduled this year. The French Super Cup, which will be played against Toulouse on January 4 next year, will be the first official match of the new year. However, Lee will leave PSG in accordance with FIFA
s regulations on recruiting players for each continents cup, and change into the national team`s red uniform on January 2 next year to prepare for the Asian Cup.
Korea’s goal at the Asian Cup is to win the title. At the Asian Cup, Korea won the title at the first event in 1956, and achieved two consecutive victories. However, since then, it has never grabbed the top spot.
South Korea will begin local adaptation training in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, from the 2nd to harden the tournament. Lee Kang-in and a number of overseas players, including Son Heung-min (Tottenham) and Kim Min-jae (Munich), will join the national team from this time on.