Lee Kang-in (22-Real Mallorca) was again named MVP of the match. His dribbling from the sideline was spectacular, drawing gasps and applause from the home fans. Lee, who played as a wingback in the first half by the coach’s decision, was also stable in defense. In the second half, he was moved forward to the left attacking midfield and finally picked up his fifth assist of the season. It was an artful cross that landed squarely on the head of teammate Bedat Murki. In the final minutes of the game, there was a nerve-wracking moment when Uruguayan soccer veteran Edinson Cavani emotionally pushed Lee as he walked off the field. However, Lee Kang-in did not react calmly and showed a big personality. It was one of the best performances of his career, even if it was a little too much for the other team.
Real Mallorca will stay in the top flight regardless of the outcome of their next two games
Real Mallorca secured a 1-0 home victory over Valencia in the 36th round of the 2022-23 Spanish Primera Liga at Estadio Mallorca Son Moix in Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain, on Saturday.
The win leaves Mallorca in 11th place in the league with 47 points from 13 wins, eight draws and 15 losses. With a goal difference of nine points over relegation-threatened 18th-place Real Valladolid (38 points), they are assured of staying in the top flight regardless of the outcome of their remaining two games. It was the second consecutive season that Mallorca, who were promoted last season, have managed to stay up.
Mallorca will now travel to Barcelona for their 37th round match on May 29 at 2:00 am. Barcelona have already clinched the title, so expect a strong showing from Mallorca once again. The season ends with a home game against Rayo Vallecano on June 5 at 2:00 am. It’s likely to be the last game for Lee Kang-in, who has been linked with a move to Mallorca.
Meanwhile, Valencia, Lee’s hometown team, is in 13th place with 40 points from 11 wins, 7 draws, and 18 losses. They could still be relegated depending on the results of their remaining two games.
Real Mallorca’s starting lineup against Valencia on Saturday. /Photo: Real Mallorca Official Social Media
Lee Kang-in (right) smiles ahead of the match against Valencia on Saturday. /Photo=Real Mallorca Official Social Media
Real Mallorca’s players get ready for the match against Valencia.
Lee Kang-In, who started the first half at wing-back, unleashes his ‘fantasy dribbling’ instincts when he gets a line in from the flank.
With Mallorca lining up in a back three, Lee started at left wing back. Despite this, Lee was often involved in the offense, taking the team’s free kicks. As a wingback, he was forced to play a more defensive role.
In the 12th minute, he was fouled while trying to make a tackle to stop a Valencia counterattack in the opponent’s penalty area. If it weren’t for Lee’s foul, Valencia’s sharp attack would have been unleashed. The referee pointed to Lee with a warning. It was Lee’s 10th caution of the season. However, due to the accumulation of cautions, Lee will not be able to play against Barcelona.
Despite being a wing-back, Lee saw an opportunity and started to show his attacking instincts. In the 10th minute, he won a breakaway near the halfway line and메이저사이트 set up a pass for his teammate. In the 21st minute, he made a great cross from the left side and found Pablo Maffeo with a steady pass.
Lee’s sharpest flank break came in the 43rd minute. He picked up the ball on the left flank and pretended to head into his own half before turning 180 degrees and dribbling forward. He followed the line with three defenders and managed to break through, only to be stopped by the foot of the third, Koheira. In the 44th minute, however, Lee once again received a pass on the left flank and sent in a pinpoint cross. It was met by N’Diaye with an unstoppable left-footed shot, but it went wide and ended up in the goalkeeper’s chest. Afterward, Lee stood on the spot and took a moment to catch his breath.
Lee Kang-in. /Photo: Real Mallorca Official Social Media
Lee Kang-in (second from right) /Photo: Real Mallorca official social media accounts
Lee Kang-in. /Photo: Real Mallorca Official Social Media
Moved to the wing at the start of the second half, Lee’s ‘artistic cross No. 5 helps + fantastic dribbling skills + provocation of Cavani’
After a 0-0 first half, Lee moved to the left flank attacking midfield at the start of the second half. Mallorca coach Javier Aguirre told local media after the game that it was a mistake to play Lee at wing-back. The change in position was spot on. Like fish in water, Lee’s movement began to come alive.
In the eighth minute of the second half, he performed a heel chop, a technique often utilized by Cristiano Ronaldo, in which he momentarily deflects the ball with his heel to change the direction of his dribble. As he was about to touch his teammate’s pass, he used his heel to change direction to the right, causing him to fall as he tried to break through. The referee tried to draw a foul after Lee appeared to make a slight contact with Guerra Moreno, who was in front of him, but the referee did not call a foul. The two then exchanged words for a while.
Eventually, Lee took advantage of his opponent’s gap. In the defense, the ball was played to Jaume Costa on the left flank. Lee began to penetrate from the center, and Costa passed the ball right to him. Lee then used his footwork to change the direction of the ball without stopping, and sent an exquisite cross into the opposition half. The ball landed squarely on the head of Mourinho, who was on the doorstep. The Valencia goal shook as Lee picked up his fifth assist of the season. With this assist, he has 11 offensive points (6 goals, 5 assists) this season. Mourinho hugged Lee and pointed to him as he celebrated.
Mourinho (above) points to Lee after scoring the winning goal against Valencia on Saturday. /Photo: Real Mallorca Official Social Media