Seong-jin Kang’s stormy dribble unfolded once again. It didn’t lead to a goal, but it was the highlight of the game that day.
On the 5th (Korean time) at 7:00 pm at Bunyodkor Stadium in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Korea, who had the third leg of Group C of the 2023 AFC U20 Asian Cup, drew 0-0 with Tajikistan. After 2 wins and 1 draw in the group stage, Korea ranked 1st in the group and confirmed their advance to the quarterfinals.
Korea struggled against Tajikistan in the first half. In the early part of the first half, there were no chances other than Kim Yong-hak’s solo play. Rather, in the middle of the first half, Tajikistan faced a crisis by giving a threatening scene one after another.
Eventually, at the start of the second half, Kang Seong-jin was put in to make a difference. Kang Seong-jin led the team to victory by scoring goals in both previous games. In particular, in the second game against Jordan, he beat three defenders from the half-line and scored a wonder goal with a powerful left-footed shot.
On this day, a similar scene was created. In the 35th minute of the second half, Kang Seong-jin started dribbling from the half-line and broke through three defenders to enter the box. When he didn’t have a shot angle, he connected a ground ball cross to Lee Yeongjun on the other side. Lee Young-Jun saw Moon Seung-Min shadowing instead of shooting, and Moon Seung-Min connected the cross with a non-stop shot. The shot hit the right corner of the goal and came out. 메이저놀이터
It is unfortunate that Kang Seong-jin failed to score goals in three consecutive matches. However, he showed that his goal against Jordan was no coincidence by creating similar scenes in two consecutive matches. He once again proved himself as an ace by creating the most threatening opportunity on the day. His tournament performance can also be expected. In tournaments where opponents have no choice but to step up, Kang Seong-jin has more space to run.
Kang Seong-jin is a player with more experience than his peers. He already had experience competing in the adult national team. In 2021, at the age of 18, he signed a semi-professional contract with FC Seoul and made his K-League debut. Before he turned 20, he already played in 48 K-League 1 matches (2 goals and 6 assists). Last year, he was called up by former Korea Men’s National Soccer Team coach Paulo Bento and made his A team debut as well. He played in two matches of the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) E-1 Championship and scored a multi-goal against Hong Kong, also scoring his A-match debut goal.