PSG won the third leg of their Coupang Play series against Jeonbuk 3-0 at Busan Asiad Stadium at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, with Neymar scoring a brace and Marco Asensio adding another.
Lee Kang-in came on as a 24th-minute substitute in the second half and played around 20 minutes.
In the 40th minute, Neymar shook up the defense with a brilliant run inside the Jeonbuk box, and his surprise right-footed shot deflected off a defender before hitting the left post and rattling the net. PSG held on for the win.
Since joining PSG this season, Lee has been a source of concern for fans as he suffered a hamstring injury in a friendly against Le Havre on July 22. It was a hamstring injury that could lead to a long-term absence.
After boarding the plane for the Asian tour, Lee missed the friendlies in Japan against Al Nasr on July 25, Cerezo Osaka on July 28, and Inter Milan on July 1. However, he reassured fans by returning to training.
Lee touched down in South Korea with his PSG teammates at Gimhae International Airport on July 2 and joined Neymar and others in open training. He participated in passing drills but did not take part in shooting drills as he was not fully fit.
After the open training session, Lee said, “I’ve recovered a lot. I’m not ready to play 90 minutes, but I’m in good shape. If I play, I will do my best.” Enrique added: “He’s in good shape to play. I don’t know how many minutes, but he will definitely play.”
With Lee on the bench, PSG countered Jeonbuk’s shaky defense with Neymar’s dribbling runs. Neymar’s presence on the ball often created space for other PSG players to penetrate.
Luis Enrique had announced that Lee Kang-in would start the game, and the crowd at the stadium waited in anticipation.
Even with Neymar in the starting lineup, Lee was PSG’s biggest star in South Korea. Every time the cameras caught him on the bench, the crowd erupted in cheers. When he finally started to warm up in the second half, the crowd erupted with excitement, and he finally took the field in the 24th minute after being replaced by Ekitiqe. Lee formed a triangle with Neymar and Marco Asensio. 꽁머니지급
In the 29th minute, Lee showed some light movement in the center of the field, playing a left-footed out-and-out pass to the right flank transition pass. Lee chatted with Neymar and exchanged autographs.
When Neymar scored his second goal in the 38th minute, he was one of the first to embrace him.
Despite his brief appearance, Lee made a huge impact.