Join Lee Kang-in, PSG changes UEFA Champions League Entry
Lee Kang-in, who returned to his team Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) after the Asian Cup, is set to play in the UEFA Champions League.
“PSG has registered a new UEFA Champions League entry. Veraldo is the only player PSG has added to its new entry. PSG has registered only 24 players in its UEFA Champions League entry, which allows 25 players to register. It also added three players to its list B,” referring to changes in its squad.
Ndur, Remina, and Ekitike, who left their loans through the transfer window last winter, were excluded from PSG’s UEFA Champions League list. In contrast, Veraldo, which was recruited by PSG, has also newly added to PSG’s roster. Moscardo, who PSG sent on loan to Corinthians soon after his recruitment, was not included in the list. Defensive back Kurzawa, who has yet to get a chance to play at PSG this season, is still not included in PSG’s Champions League entry.
PSG will face Real Sociedad in the round of 16 of the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League on the 15th. PSG advanced to the round of 16 with two wins, two draws and two losses in Group F of the UEFA Champions League, which was considered the group of death this season. Lee Kang-in, who played in five matches in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League this season and joined PSG’s advance to the round of 16, also scored his Champions League debut goal against AC Milan.
South Korea suffered a 0-2 shock loss in the semifinals of the 2023 Asian Cup against Jordan on the 7th, and European players, including Lee Kang-in, immediately joined the team. French media Le Parisien reported on the 8th that Lee Kang-in returned to Paris and did not waste time.
French media Le10 Sport said, “A large number of applicants have arrived at PSG. Hakimi, who played in the African Cup of Nations, and Lee Kang-in, who played in the Asian Cup, have returned to PSG,” adding, “PSG will play the 21st round of the French League 1 against Lille following the Coupe de France against Brest prior to the round of 16 UEFA Champions League against Real Sociedad. Even if Lee Kang-in cannot play against Lille, he will play in the round of 16 of the Champions League against Real Sociedad.”
PSG beat Brest 3-1 in the round of 16 in the Cup de France on the 8th.
In PSG, Mbappe was the striker against Brest, and Barcola and Dembele led the side attack. Vitinha, Luis, and Emery formed the midfield, and Veraldo, Pereira, Marquignos, and Hakimi were in charge of the defense. Donnarumma defended the goal.
Mbappe scored the first goal in the 34th minute of the first half in a showdown with Brest. Mbappe took over Emery’s pass from the right side of the penalty area and scored a diagonal shot with his right foot to score the goal. Later, Pereira scored an additional goal in the 37th minute of the first half. Pereira shook the goal net in Brest by finishing a low cross from Dembele, who broke through the left side, with a shot in front of the goal.
Brest, which finished the first half, scored a comeback goal in the 20th minute of the second half. Later, PSG sealed the game with Hamus’ score in the extra time of the second half. Hamus scored the ball that Hakimi connected to the front of the goal with a left-footed shot, and the game ended with PSG’s complete victory.
PSG, where Lee Kang-in played in the Asian Cup, has recorded five wins and one draw in six matches this year, and is leading the league with 14 wins, five draws and one loss (47 points) in French League 1. 바다이야기