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Unveiling the reason why Korea U23 did not use ‘the number 1 star’ in the match against Vietnam

Despite being rated much higher than U23 Vietnam before the match, Korea U23 only got a 1-1 draw. This is the match where coach Hwang Seon Hong made many changes in the starting lineup and decided not to use his brightest star, Lee Kang-in.

At the post-match press conference, the head coach of Korea U23 also explained this: “There was a problem with Lee Kang-in’s thighs but the situation was not too complicated. We decided not to let it. He’s on the pitch. I also want to rotate the squad for the sake of the players’ health. The connection between the Korean U23 players is another issue that we have checked before.”

In addition, according to the Korean Football Federation, Lee Kang-in felt uncomfortable in his thighs during the training session on June 4. Although this is not a worrisome injury and the Korean U23 midfielder can completely play in the match against U23 Vietnam, coach Hwang Seon Hong has decided not to take the risk.

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Lee Kang-in could not attend the match against U23 Vietnam due to injury

Previously, in a 4-1 victory over Malaysia U23, Lee Kang-in, although not directly scoring, had an extremely impressive performance. Every ball of U23 Korea almost passed through the midfielder born in 2001 and he also contributed 1 assist.

At the 2022 AFC U23 Championship, it is not surprising that Lee Kang-in is the most valuable player with 6 million euros. Compared to the two most expensive players of U23 Vietnam, Van Toan and Bui Hoang Viet Anh (200k euros), the price of the Korean U23 star is 30 times more expensive.

The lack of Lee Kang-in’s service caused the Korean U23’s strength to decrease more or less in the match against U23 Vietnam. However, it is also necessary to give a lot of praise to Tien Long and his teammates when they had a brave match against the defending champion and the 1-1 draw was completely deserved.

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