Lee Kang-in was on fire against parent club Valencia.

Real Mallorca defeated Valencia 1-0 in the 36th round of the 2022-23 Spanish La Liga at the Estadi Mallorca Son Moix in Mallorca, Spain, at 2:30 a.m. on 26 April. The result leaves Mallorca 11th in the league with 47 points and Valencia 13th with 40 points.

Lee started at left wing-back instead of his usual position as an attacking midfielder or winger. Javier Aguirre opted to play Kopeté, Martin Valiente and Denis Hajdukadunic in a back three, with Lee and Pablo Maffeo at left wing-back. It was an unfamiliar role, but Lee made his presence felt with an attacking display.스포츠토토

In the second half, Aguirre took off Amat N’Diaye and brought on Jaume Costa. With Costa on, Lee moved back into the midfield. In the centre of the park, Lee looked more threatening and set up Bedat Murki’s goal in the 19th minute with a sharp cross. Muricki’s goal gave Mallorca the lead and Valencia were left with a sense of urgency.

Valencia brought on Samu Castillejo, Justin Kluivert and Edinson Cavani in quick succession as they pushed hard for an equaliser, utilising their attacking options, but the Mallorca goal was not to be. In the end, the game ended in a 1-0 win for Mallorca.

Football statistics website FútbolScore.com gave Lee a rating of 7.91. He is the second highest rated player in Mallorca after Kopete (8.04). He contributed to the Mallorca attack. He had 55 touches of the ball, 24 passes (75% success rate), 6 crosses (2 successful), 4 long passes (1 successful), 9 contested chances (5 successful), 3 key passes and 1 assist. He had four successful dribbles and four attempts, meaning his dribble success rate was 100 per cent.

Lee was named the official Man of the Match (MOTM) for the sixth time this season. It’s also his third in a row at home. Lee proved his worth in front of his home fans as he was named MOTM in three consecutive home games against Athletic Club (Bilbao) in round 32, Cadiz in round 34 and Valencia in round 36.

“We didn’t have enough left-back options in Mallorca, so Lee came on. He made some early runs and picked up a yellow card. In the second half, he returned to his familiar position and made the difference. He provided the assist for the goal. When he was substituted at the end of the second half because he was tired, there was a lot of applause.”

Spain’s Mundo Deportivo also wrote: “Lee Kang-in has prevented his parent club Valencia from staying up. He left Valencia in 2021, a club where he had played since youth and dreamed of a future.”

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