PSG won 3-0 in the third match of the Coupang Play series against Jeonbuk Hyundai held at Busan Asiad Main Stadium in Korea on the 3rd.
The match against Jeonbuk is the last game of PSG’s Asian tour schedule ahead of the 2023/24 season, and PSG will return to France immediately after the Jeonbuk match to prepare for the Ligue 1 opening match against Lorient on the 13th.
https://displayad.zum.com/NetInsight/html/zum/news/newspage@newszum_pc_250The match on this day is a pre-season separate from the season performance, but PSG needs a turnaround in order to lead a good atmosphere at the beginning of the season in the future. They drew 0-0 against Al-Nasr in their first game, and lost 2-3 against Cerezo Osaka, which was evaluated as a lower level player. This is because they lost 1-2 against Inter Milan on the 1st and were sluggish with 1 draw and 2 losses in 3 matches. By catching the last game against Jeonbuk, PSG was able to start the season with a slightly rebounded atmosphere.
PSG coach Luis Enrique started with Gianluigi Donnarumma as the starting goalkeeper, while Levin Kurzawa, Sheriff Naga, Juan Bernat and Danilo Pereira formed the defense.
The midfield featured Marco Verratti, Sher Ndour and Ethan Mbappe, while the strikers featured Hugo Ekitique, Neymar and Ismael Garbi.
Neymar, who was initially uncertain, made an appearance in the match against Jeonbuk, delighting Korean fans, despite missing three matches in a row on the Japan tour.
Jeonbuk coach Dan Petrescu gave Jeong Min-ki goalkeeper gloves, and Petracek, Hong Jeong-ho, Park Chang-woo, and Ahn Hyun-beom played as the back four. Ryu Jae-moon and Boateng teamed up in the midfield, and Han Kyo-won, Park Jae-yong, Hafa Silva, and Moon Seon-min formed the offensive line.
As the players entered the game prior to the start of the match, when Neymar, who had been named on the starting list, showed his face on the screen, the stadium resonated with tremendous cheers. Neymar appeared on the field with a smile, exchanged greetings with the players, and immediately started preparing for the game. Even after that, when Lee Kang-in sitting on a bench appeared on the screen, the fans cheered.
With the first half kickoff, it was Jeonbuk, not PSG. Jeonbuk went up to the PSG camp with strong pressure from the start, and even made a corner kick to aim for an opportunity, but failed to seize the opportunity to score.
In the 6th minute of the first half, due to a mistake by the PSG defense, Kyo-Won Han and Happa Silva had a chance to shoot in front of the PSG penalty box, but Kyo-Won Han’s pass to the center flowed out and unfortunately the shot was not completed.
PSG caught the flow around Neymar. In the 10th minute of the first half, Neymar tried to dribble in Jeonbuk’s penalty box even with 3 defenders, creating a threatening scene.
In the 11th minute of the first half, Ekitike dribbled past a defender in front of the Jeonbuk penalty box arc and attempted a low and fast shot, but it missed the goal and failed to lead to a goal.
In Jeonbuk, Moon Seon-min’s movements were light. In the 13th minute of the first half, Moon Seon-min advanced to the PSG penalty box arc through a solo dribble breakthrough and even attempted a mid-range shot, but was unable to shoot and headed in front of Donnarumma.
From the middle of the first half, PSG began to put pressure on Jeonbuk. In the 20th minute of the first half, Neymar almost got a threatening chance in the process of breaking through the opponent’s pressure, but he complained of regret when he was pushed by the defense and fell and did not blow a foul.
PSG was in danger in the 33rd minute of the first half due to Jeonbuk’s pressure in front of their penalty box, but based on Danilo, Bernat, and Ndour’s excellent passing ability, they were released from Jeonbuk’s pressure, drawing exclamation from the fans.
Neymar relentlessly aimed for the Jeonbuk goal. In the 37th minute of the first half, he directly threatened Jeonbuk’s goal with a mid-range shot, but it was saved. Afterwards, Neymar, who approached the corner flag to kick the corner, waved his hand at nearby fans and showed superstar-like fan service.
The opening goal also came from Neymar’s toes. In the 40th minute of the second half, Neymar dribbled in Jeonbuk’s penalty box with three opposing defenders in front and attempted a low and fast shot, which hit the defender’s body and was deflected, shaking Jeonbuk’s net. Neymarne continued to show threatening dribbling to create scoring chances after the opening goal, but was blocked by the opponent’s defense and expressed regret.
Afterwards, PSG tried to break through the Jeonbuk goal with Neymar at the center, but no decisive shot came out. The first half ended with PSG leading 1-0.
Lee Kang-in, who had been sitting on the bench throughout the first half, cheered the crowd every time he appeared on the screen, raising expectations for the possibility of participating in the second half.
Lee Kang-in sat on the bench and watched the game at the start of the second half, and Neymar started the second half on the ground as well as the first half. He also showed a conversation with Jeonbuk striker Gustavo ahead of the start of the second half.
Jeonbuk replaced all starting players at the start of the second half. Coach Petrescu has already revealed in a pre-game press conference that other players can be used for the first and second half of the 45 minutes.
The second half started with PSG leading. In the 10th minute of the second half, Ekitike, who was in the center of the penalty box, succeeded in finishing Garbi’s cross with a header, but it flew over the goal. In the 11th minute of the first half, Garbi, who received Neymar’s sharp pass, took a chance in front of Jeonbuk’s gate, but the shot unfortunately missed to the side of the goal.
Lee Kang-in and Neymar alternately received attention. In the 13th minute of the second half, when Lee Kang-in was seen leaving the bench to warm up, many fans cheered. Later, in the 14th minute of the second half, as Neymar approached the crowd to kick a corner kick, cheers erupted once again. In the 16th minute of the second half, when Neymar was caught drinking water to wipe off sweat during substitutions by other players, the fans responded with applause.
Lee Kang-in appeared in the 24th minute of the second half. After a light warm-up, Lee Kang-in competed by replacing Ekithike. This is the first game of the Asian tour, and fans poured out a huge synthesis when Lee Kang-in played. Every time Lee Kang-in caught the ball after being put in, exclamations erupted from the stadium. In the 29th minute of the second half, Lee Kang-in made a chance by passing the ball to the side with a sharp pass in front of the opponent’s penalty box.
In the 35th minute of the second half, Neymar broke through the right side of the penalty box and Fabian Ruiz finished the ball with a sharp shot, but it passed next to Jeonbuk’s goal and blew an opportunity for an additional goal.
Another goal was scored by Neymar. In the 38th minute of the second half, Neymar, who received a pass from Lewis, rushed into the back space of Jeonbuk and took a one-on-one chance with the goalkeeper, calmly putting a shot into the left corner of the goal and scoring multiple goals.
In the 43rd minute of the second half, Asensio’s sharp left-footed shot in front of the Jeonbuk penalty box hit the upper left corner of the goal, widening the gap to 3 points.
Jeonbuk had a good free kick chance in front of PSG’s gate in the second half of extra time, but Baek Seung-ho’s shot hit the defensive wall and was unable to score a comeback.
Eventually, the game ended with the final whistle blowing with PSG leading 3-0.
On the other hand, Neymar, who had only been on the substitute list three times in the Asian tour, played full-time as a starter and entertained Korean fans, and likewise, Lee Kang-in, who had not been able to participate in the Japanese tour, appeared in the second half and hit the ground. .
Coach Luis Enrique also directly mentioned the possibility of Lee Kang-in and Neymar, who had not been used in the previous Asian tour, to participate.
Enrique, who participated in the pre-press conference with the two players’ performance, said of Lee Kang-in, “Lee Kang-in is in good condition to play, and he will definitely play tomorrow. I don’t know how many minutes he will play, but he will play tomorrow. ” Although he did not disclose the time, he asserted that it was certain that he would participate.
Regarding Neymar, “Neymar is just now in the final stages of returning to the team. He has recovered now. He is in good shape and physically in great condition. He has been training with the team for over a week and he is ready to play tomorrow. It’s a condition, but we won’t know until tomorrow whether he will play or not,” he said, explaining that Neymar has a good chance of playing.
In the end, Neymar made the starting list and made the fans who came to Busan happy throughout the game, and Lee Kang-in also played in the second half and made a reason for Korean fans to visit the stadium.
During PSG’s visit to Busan, the subject of the topic was definitely Lee Kang-in and Neymar. The two players showed off their chemistry within PSG from their arrival and open training.
The two appeared together at the time of entry into Korea on the 2nd, confirming their close chemistry, and when fans chanted Lee Kang-in’s name in open training, Neymar approached Lee Kang-in, grabbed Lee Kang-in’s wrist and shook his hand, revealing a friendly look.
Already during the Asian tour schedule, PSG released photos and videos of Neymar and Lee Kang-in playing jokes together, which drew attention.
In the PSG training video, Lee Kang-in and Neymar were seen playing around without hesitation. In the rondo training, which is a training in which players stand in a circle and pass the ball, Lee Kang-in, who was in charge of the tag team, failed to take the pass and became the tag team again. It was a so-called knee kick. Lee Kang-in, who was beaten, and Neymar, who was beaten, all smiled brightly and led the training atmosphere in a friendly manner.
The popularity of the two is already at the top of PSG. Neymar has been a star representing PSG for a long time, and Lee Kang-in is loved by many fans at the same time he moved to PSG.
French media ‘PSG Talk’ said, “PSG midfielder Lee Kang-in has risen to the top of the star since joining PSG. He is gaining popularity on the Asian tour, starting with Japan this summer and heading to Korea. Lee Kang-in’s romance with Neymar is budding. , Now I can say that I am selling more jerseys than Neymar.”
Citing a report by Fabrice Hawkins, an influential reporter from RMC Sports, the media reported that “Lee Kang-in and Neymar are the PSG stars with the most followers on the Japanese tour. Lee Kang-in is also the player with the most sold jerseys in the store. , Neymar and Marquinhos are following him,” he explained, explaining that Lee Kang-in’s uniform sales ranked first in the team, beating superstar Neymar and PSG captain Marquinhos.
This is even more amazing because it has not even been a month since Lee Kang-in joined PSG. Lee Kang-in has already shown great skills in Mallorca in the 2022/23 season, but it is difficult to get much attention outside of Korean fans and La Liga fans.
The media said, “If Lee Kang-in succeeds in Ligue 1, his popularity will grow even more. He has all the tools for success, and this is why PSG brought him. Coach Luis Enrique will also put Lee Kang-in in the position of success. It’s up to Lee Kang-in to make the most of that opportunity,” he said, saying that Lee Kang-in has the qualities to succeed as a star.
Spain’s Marca also said, “Lee Kang-in’s craze has already exploded in Korea. 70 percent of the uniforms sold are Lee Kang-in’s, and the sales figures at the Champs Elysees store exceeded expectations.”
Neymar, who had been the number one player in uniform sales, fell to number two in PSG uniform sales with the appearance of Lee Kang-in. Only the order has changed, but the fact that Lee Kang-in and Neymar are the most popular players in the PSG squad has not changed.
In particular, in the case of Lee Kang-in, along with this visit to Busan, it has recently been recognized that he is a great pride and major strategy for PSG’s future advancement into the Asian market.
French media RMC Sports said, “PSG expects Lee Kang-in to increase its brand value in Asia.” “PSG is heading to Korea after the pre-season in Japan. This is an important step for PSG to establish itself as a brand in the Asian market. In that respect, the recruitment of Lee Kang-in is a real asset.”토토사이트
Lee Kang-in’s previous team, Mallorca, also held a friendly match against PSG through Lee Kang-in, and many Korean fans came to Mallorca’s home stadium, Estadi Mallorca Son Mosi, and enjoyed a great effect.
PSG also made this visit to Korea through Lee Kang-in, and many Korean fans buy PSG uniforms and show interest in PSG social media accounts, and the club itself is gaining great popularity.
Depending on Lee Kang-in’s performance in the future, there is a good chance that PSG will be able to significantly increase its brand value in the Asian market.
With the end of the Jeonbuk match and the end of the pre-season for the opening of the 2023/24 season, PSG is expected to receive great attention from Korean fans about what level of performance they can achieve with Lee Kang-in this season.