Ajax is bad news… Kim Min-jae, 82% success in 4 interceptions and a pass
Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min is full time against Frankfurt… a 0-0 team draw
Italian professional football Napoli defeated Ajax (Netherlands) based on a solid defense led by ‘monster defender’ Kim Min-jae and continued their UEFA Champions League (UCL) winning streak.
Napoli defeated the home team Ajax 6-1 in the 2022-2023 UCL group A third group stage match held at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam, Netherlands on the 5th (Korea time).
Napoli, who earlier beat Liverpool (4-1) from England and Rangers (3-0 win) from Scotland, have secured their place at the top of Group A (9 points) with this winning streak.
Ajax, with 1 win and 2 losses, placed 3rd in the group (3 points) after Liverpool (6, 2, 1), who defeated Rangers 2-0 that day.
Kim Min-jae, who stood in the middle of Napoli’s back four line as a centre-back, played full-time and supported the team’s victory.
Napoli conceded a goal 9 minutes earlier.
Ajax’s Kenneth Taylor’s shot hit the calf of Mohamed Kudus in front of the goal and went into the Napoli goal.
In the 18th minute of the first half, the fireworks of the Napoli goal began to explode.
Giacomo Laspadori equalized with a header, and at 33 minutes of the first half, Giovanni Di Lorenzo headed in a cross from Hvica Kvarazhelia from a corner and scored a goal back from 2-1.
Then, in extra time, Piotr Zielinski scored a one-on-one chance with the goalkeeper calmly, and Napoli ran one more point to finish the first half.
In the second half, Napoli dominated the game.
In the first minute of the first kick of the second half, Laspadori took advantage of an opponent’s mistake to score, and in the 18th minute of the second half, Kvaratshelia added a goal.
Ajax, who had lost the game, received bad news in the 28th minute of the second half, with Dushan Tadic committing a serious foul and receiving a cumulative red card.
Napoli, who had a numerical advantage, scored a goal from Giovanni Simeone even in the 36th minute of the second half, giving the key to victory.
Kim Min-jae tried 3 times to win the ball in the air and 1 time to compete for the ball, and he succeeded in all of them, intercepting the ball 4 times, and performing excellent performances.
The success rate was as high as 82%.
Heung-Min Son’s Tottenham Hotspur (England) team only drew 0-0 in the away match in Group D 3 against Einracht Frankfurt (Germany).
Tottenham Hotspur, who recorded 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss, placed 2nd (with 4 points, 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss) behind Sporting (6 points, 2 wins, 1 loss, Portugal) who lost 1-4 to Marseille (France) that day.
Heung-Min Son played full time and was diligent in batting the field, but could not raise an attacking point.
Heung-Min Son has scored three goals and provided one assist in the Premier League this season.
For Son Heung-min, it was disappointing that Kane’s heel pass in the 40th minute with a right-footed mid-range shot from the penalty area deflected just to the right of the goal.