Lee Kang-In, who recently proved himself as the next ‘ace’ of 6G 3AS in 10 A-Match matches

The presence of Lee Kang-in (23, PSG) has eased some worries about the future.

The South Korean national soccer team, led by interim head coach Kim Do-hoon, defeated China 1-0 in the sixth match of Group C of the FIFA Confederations Cup North America 2026 Asian Second Qualifying Round at Seoul World Cup Stadium on Nov. 11 at 8 p.m.

With the victory, South Korea clinched first place in the group with 16 points (5 wins, 1 draw) as it enters its second qualifying campaign under three different coaches – Jürgen Klinsmann, Hwang Sun-hong and Kim Do-hoon. They were also ranked third in Asia, securing the top seed for the third qualifying round alongside Japan and Iran.

Since Klinsmann’s dismissal, the national team has won one match and drawn one under Hwang Sun-hong (1-1 at home in Match 3 and 3-0 in Match 4) and two under Kim Do-hoon (7-0 away in Match 5 and 1-0 at home in Match 6). Fortunately, the two interim coaches did a good job and prevented further turmoil.

Now, ahead of the third qualifier, the team must address its top priority: finding a permanent head coach. “I hope I’m the last interim coach,” Kim Do-hoon said, so it’s time to find a new leader.

China also qualified for the second round with eight points, two wins, two draws, and two losses to finish second in their group. A 2-2 draw away to Singapore and a 1-1 draw at home to Thailand put the Chinese on the ropes, but they narrowly edged out the Thais on penalties to keep their hopes of qualifying for their first World Cup in 24 years alive. The Chinese were fortunate to only win 3-1 in the final match after Thailand pummeled Singapore for most of the game.

Lee Kang-in’s early goal would prove to be the game-winner. In the 16th minute of the second half, Son Heung-min received the ball on the left side of the box and sent a low, quick ground ball cross toward the goal. The ball bounced off the defense and Lee Kang-in dived in to finish with precision to take the lead. After scoring his 10th goal of the A-Match, Lee immediately ran to Son Heung-min and hugged him. The raucous Chinese crowd fell silent at once.

With this goal, Lee now has six goals and three assists in his last 10 A-Match appearances. Nine offensive points in 10 games. His best form yet.

In addition to his goal, Lee played 79 minutes of the match 카지노 and recorded a passing success rate of 89% (33/37), one chance created, one touch in the opponent’s box, one successful dribble, and 10 balls into the final third, giving South Korea some breathing room in frustrating moments.

In fact, South Korea attacked mostly on the left flank, where Son Heung-min was in this game. The ball rarely traveled to the right side, where Lee Kang-in was located. However, whenever Lee did get the ball, he would check the entire field and then spread the ball to his teammates to lead the attack. One of the highlights was when he spotted Son Heung-min on the left flank and connected with a long pass before cutting back and finishing Son’s pass.

When I met Lee in the mix zone after the game, he was a little more somber than I expected. It was a far cry from his fist-pumping celebration after the goal.

“First of all, I’m very happy that the team won two games in two matches in June,” Lee said.

“We will do our best to play better soccer and get better results in the future,” he said.

“I don’t remember much about the conversation I had with Son Heung-min after the goal because I was too busy,” Lee said, adding, “He was very happy, and so were the other teammates, so I’m happy we won.”

The Chinese reporters also asked for his assessment of China. “I think they chose the best from the soccer they can play. They respect their opponents’ play. It’s a very difficult question because it’s about evaluating the opponent,” he said.

“I did expect China to come out defensively. But I didn’t expect them to play this defensively. But we won, so that’s the best thing. Last time we met, there were three goals, and this time there was only one, so I think we did a good job defensively.”

Lee plays multiple positions for his club PSG and the national team. When asked about his favorite position, he said, “Every game is different. I will do my best in whatever position the coach wants me to play. Just like my first interview with the national team, I try to do my best to help the team the most in every moment and get a good result. I don’t care about my position, I just want to help and contribute a lot to the team.”

Korean soccer is on the verge of a big change. Son Heung-min, Lee Jae-sung, Kim Jin-soo, and others born in 1992 are approaching their mid-30s. But the emergence of “young blood” Lee Kang-in has eased fans’ worries.