Bull’s roar… 10 months of goal drought in 3 minutes of replacement
Hwang Hee-chan (27) scored an equalizer in the 21st minute of the second half when the team trailed 1-2 in an away game in the third round of the England Football Association Cup against Liverpool on the 8th. He scored 3 minutes after entering as a substitute in the 18th minute of the second half.
Hwang Hee-chan dribbled for about 10m after receiving the ball in front of the opponent’s penalty line, passed it to his colleague Matheus Kunya from the left side of the penalty box, and rushed to the goal. He slid towards the ball that Cunya pushed back from the left side of the goal area and attempted a shot. The ball caught the feet of a Liverpool defender, hit Hwang Hee-chan’s body and deflected into the goal. Liverpool’s Alisson Becker, who was the main goalkeeper for Brazil during the World Cup, was also unable to use his hands.
Hwang Hee-chan scored the winning goal against Portugal in Group H of the last World Cup in Qatar, leading Korea to advance to the round of 16. He also fired several powerful shots against Brazil in the quarterfinals, but was unable to open the goal due to Alisson’s save. South Korea ended their World Cup journey by losing 1-4.
Hwang Hee-chan soothed his disappointment during the World Cup by stealing the first goal in the official match of the 2022-2023 season from Alisson, whom Liverpool boasts. It was also a goal tasted 10 months and 14 days after the 5th goal of the 2021-2022 season, which was scored in a Premier League away game against Arsenal on February 25 last year.
Hwang Hee-chan has mainly played as a substitute this season. He didn’t have much playing time, so he had fewer chances to score. In October of last year, coach Bruno Raj stepped down due to poor performance, and in November, coach Hulan Lopetegui took over, and changes occurred. Hwang Hee-chan, who returned to his team after the World Cup, contributed one assist in the League Cup round of 16 (2-0 victory) against Gillingham (4th division) on the 21st of last month, and started all three Premier League matches. Hwang Hee-chan’s official record this season was 1 goal and 2 assists. Fans expect Hwang Hee-chan, who is regaining his position with the new coach’s trust, to continue his performance for the rest of the season.
Wolverhampton drew 2-2 with Liverpool that day. After taking the lead with Gonzalo Gueds’ opening goal (26th minute), Liverpool’s Darwin Nuñez (45th minute) and Muhammad Salach (7th minute) reversed the game, but Hwang Hee-chan’s equalizer escaped the danger of elimination. WhoScored.com, a football statistics media, gave Hwang Hee-chan a rating of 7.5 and selected him as ‘Man of the Match’. Wolverhampton will play a rematch (schedule undecided) against Liverpool at home to determine the team that advances to the round of 32. 토토사이트
Lee Kang-in (22) of Mallorca, Spain, played as a substitute in the La Liga home game against Real Valladolid on the 8th and contributed to the winning goal. He was substituted in the 17th minute of the second half when he faced no goals, and scored a free kick from the right side of the opponent’s half in the second half extra time. It was Lee Kang-in’s signature sharp and fast left-footed kick. Abdon Prats shook the net as he turned the ball with his head in the goal area.
Of course, Lee Kang-in seemed to record the 4th help of the season. However, the league secretariat did not acknowledge Kang-in Lee’s assist because it judged that the ball had passed through another fellow player’s head before Pratz. Mallorca, who won 1-0, runs 10th out of 20 teams (22 points, 6 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses).