A monster defender and a monster attacker joined. The result is the monster defender’s victory. Kim Min-jae (27, Naples) won a complete match against Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan).

Napoli won 3-1 in a home game안전놀이터against Inter Milan in the 36th round of Italian Serie A 2022-23 held at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in Naples, Italy at 1:00 am (Korean time) on the 22nd. With this, Napoli escaped from the shock defeat suffered in the previous Monza match. It is Napoli, which has already confirmed the league championship in 33 years, but kept its pride by capturing Inter Milan. Inter Milan (66 points), 4th in the league, is a strong team in the final of the European Champions League. Before meeting Napoli, I was running 5 league wins in a row, but the flow was cut off.

Kim Min-jae started and played center back with Amir Harmani. He played for 74 minutes until he was replaced by backup center back Juan Jesus in the 29th minute of the second half, and while Min-jae Kim was on the ground, Napoli continued the scoreless game without any other crisis. Inter Milan’s proud striker Lukaku was also tied up. However, Min-jae Kim headed to the bench and 8 minutes later Napoli conceded. On this day, Kim Min-jae recorded 2 tackles, 2 clearings and 1 interception. He also won an aerial competition once. The pass success rate reached 97%. Previously, Forbes of the United States praised Kim Min-jae, saying, “He has strong physical condition and excellent aerial ability. He is good at intercepting the ball, but he has the passing ability to catch the ball from behind and build up.” In this game, Kim Min-jae also showed his ability.

On this day, football statistics media Foot Mob gave Kim Min-jae a high rating of 7.6. The rating of Whoscored.com, another statistical media, was also good at 7.05. The best score was team midfielder Jambo Anguisa. Along with the opening goal to overwhelm the baseline, he even assisted the winning goal at the end of the second half. Foot Mob gave Anguisa a rating of 9.0. Based on whoscored.com, the highest rating was Giovanni Di Lorenzo, the protagonist of the winning goal. He also performed well with 2 tackles, 3 key passes, and a pass success rate of 90%.

From the 2nd minute of the first half, Kim Min-jae caught a loose ball from the half line with his speed. Lukaku also ran towards the ball, but could not keep up with Kim Min-jae’s speed. Even in the 21st minute of the first half, Kim Min-jae took the ball without missing a moment when the opposing striker fell. His quick judgment and strong physical condition stood out. In the 27th minute of the second half, Kim Min-jae won a physical fight with Lukaku. The two players came together to catch the ball inside the Napoli penalty box, but Lukaku failed to overcome Kim Min-jae’s pressure and fell to the ground after picking. In the 29th minute of the second half, Kim Min-jae was replaced by Jesus, and greeted the fans by clapping towards the audience.

On this day, Napoli took out a 4-3-3 formation. A large amount of main power was used. Threetop consisted of Hvica Kvarachhelia, Victor Osimen and Elif Elmas, with Angusa, Stanislav Lobotka and Piotr Zielinski coordinating the midfield. The four back were Matthias Olivera, Kim Min-jae, Rahmani, and Di Lorenzo. The goalkeeper was Alex Merrett. Inter Milan faced off with a 3-5-2 formation. Lukaku and Joaquin Correa sortie as two tops.

Both teams finished the first half 0-0 in a tight flow. However, a goal storm hit in the second half. Napoli took the lead 1-0 with Anguisa’s opening goal in the 22nd minute of the second half. A wonderful volley shot from inside the penalty box. Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana reacted with an animal sense, but the shot hit his hand and shook the net. There was also a crisis in Naples. After Kim Min-jae left, the defense loosened up. In the 37th minute of the second half, Lukaku even allowed an equalizer. But Napoli did not fall. In the 40th minute of the second half, Di Lorenzo’s goal took the lead again, and in the extra time of the second half, substitute Gianluca Gaetano scored the key goal. Napoli eventually won 3-1 at home. On this day, Foot Mob gave Lukaku a rating of 6.9, and WhoScored.com gave him a rating of 6.7. Although he scored a goal, the evaluation was not good. It means that he could not show any other activity except for the goal scene. Kim Min-jae’s iron wall defense was decisive.

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