Kim Min-jae was at the center of Napoli’s first Champions League quarter-finals
Kim Min-jae played an iron wall defense, helping Italian professional football SSC Napoli advance to the quarterfinals of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions League for the first time in history.
Napoli beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 in the second leg of the round of 16 at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in Naples, Italy, on the morning of the 16th (Korea time) with two goals from Victor Osimen and one goal from Piotr Zielinski. Kim Min-jae started as a central defender and led the team to a scoreless victory.
Napoli, who won 2-0 in the first round on the 22nd of last month, won a ticket to the quarterfinals with a 5-0 total lead in the first and second rounds. Napoli reached the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the first time in 97 years since its foundation in 1926. Following AC Milan and Inter Milan, Napoli advanced to the quarterfinals, and three Italian clubs will join in the quarterfinals for the first time in 17 years since the 2005-2006 season.
More than 600 Frankfurt fans rioted in central Naples ahead of the match, protesting against restrictions on ticket sales. Frankfurt fans were violent, setting police cars on fire. However, the Frankfurt players couldn’t use their strength. This is because Kim Min-jae played as a central defender following the first game and built a solid defensive wall. Napoli led 62-38 percent in market share, 12-8 in shooting and 8-1 in effective shooting. Kim Min-jae was replaced by a calf injury in the Italian Serie A match against Atalanta on the 12th, causing concerns about his absence or poor performance, but he relieved his worries by starting. Kim Min-jae left four interceptions, tied for first in both teams, two shots blocked, one cleared, and one tackle. In particular, Kim Min-jae won the aerial ball fight five times and four times. Kim Min-jae led 3-0 and was replaced by Jo제o Jejus in the 21st minute of the second half.
Osimen shone in the attack. Osimen scored the first goal following the first leg, giving Napoli a victory. According to statistics company Opta, Osimen was named the first Napoli player to score in both the first and second rounds of the Champions League tournament. Osimen, who has four goals (joint ninth place) in the Champions League this season, scored 19 goals in Serie A, leading Napoli to the top spot in Serie A 토토추천사이트
Osimen scored the first goal in the 47th minute of the first half. Matteo Politano crossed from the right side, and Osimen jumped from the gate and connected it with a header to split the right net. And in the 8th minute of the second half with a 1-0 lead, Giovanni Di Lorenzo’s pass from the right side of the box slipped in front of the net and pushed it with his left foot. Kim Min-jae and Osimen, the center of defense and offense, received favorable reviews. Italian media Tutonafoli evaluated Kim Min-jae as “a great performance to prevent any danger following the first round,” along with a 7.5 rating, which is tied for second place in the team, and Oshimen as “a constant threat until the end of the game.”