Only Lee Kang-in was seen in the first round of the Asian Cup group stage.
South Korea won 3-1 against Bahrain in the first Group E match of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup held at Jasim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Qatar on the 15th (Korea time). South Korea won the first game by adding Lee Kang-in’s multiple goals to Hwang In-beom’s first goal.
Meanwhile, Korea is aiming for its first Asian Cup championship in 64 years since its second Asian Cup championship in 1960. With the victory, Korea maintained an absolute advantage (12 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss) against Bahrain, and garnered three points in its first group match, signaling a good start. However, the next day, Jordan won a landslide 4-0 victory over Malaysia, ranking second in overall gains and losses.
The Asian Cup will feature 24 countries and will have group matches in six groups. The 12 teams ranking first and second in their respective groups will advance to the round of 16. The top four teams among the third-ranked teams in the group will also win tickets to the round of 16. If Korea tops Group E, its opponent in the round of 16 will be the second-ranked team in Group D.
It is one of Japan, Indonesia, Iraq, and Vietnam that belongs to Group D. If they rank second in their group, they will face No. 1 in Group F, which includes Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, and Oman. Initially, the 2023 AFC Asian Cup was scheduled to be held in China in July last year. However, the venue was changed to Qatar in the wake of the COVID-19, and the timing has been postponed to early this year. It opened on the 12th and will be held until February 10.
It was a game for Lee Kang-in by Lee Kang-in. Lee, who had played in the Olympics, World Cup and Asian Games, made a strong impression on his first Asian Cup performance. Having scored two goals from the first match, he tied for the top scorer in the tournament along with Takumi Minamino of Japan and Akram Afif of Qatar. 헤라카지노도메인
Lee Kang-in, who left Mayorkar in the transfer market last summer and plays for PSG, is one of the most notable star players in the tournament. Ahead of the tournament, AFC selected Lee Kang-in as five young stars to shine at the Asian Cup along with his best friend Takefusa Kubo, expressing interest in Lee Kang-in, saying, “Can he become Park Ji-sung’s successor and win the long-awaited title?”
When he opened the lid, he seemed to lack even that interest. As expected, the first opponent Bahrain placed more weight on defense than on offense, but Korea had a hard time penetrating it. Until the 38th minute of the first half, Hwang had a frustrating game until his first goal. In the 33rd minute of the first half, Bahrain was on the verge of losing a point due to its counterattack.