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Lee Kang-in’s ‘fantastic free kick’ recognized as a goal, not the opponent’s own goal

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC), which regarded Lee Kang-in’s (Paris Saint-Germain) fantastic free kick goal in the final match of the Asian Cup group stage against Malaysia as an own goal, has corrected the record. Lee Kang-in scored a picturesque free kick that tied the score at 2-2 in the 38th minute of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup Group E third match (3-3 draw) against Malaysia held at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar on the 25th.Lee Kang-in, who assisted Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart)’s headed goal with a sharp corner kick in the 21st minute of the first half, stepped up to solve the problem once more as the game was tied 1-2 amid Malaysia’s offensive.

Lee Kang-in’s free kick, taken from behind the penalty arc in the 38th minute of the second half, crossed the defensive wall with an exquisite trajectory and headed toward the corner of the goal. First, Malaysia’s goalkeeper Saihan Hazmi tried to hit the ball with difficulty. However, the ball passed Hazumi’s hand and changed its trajectory, hit the goalpost once, then hit the back of Hazumi’s hand again and went into the goal. AFC considered this goal to be Hazumi’s own goal at the time of the game .However, on the morning of the 26th, on the AFC website, it was listed as Lee Kang-in’s goal, not an own goal.

Lee Kang-in’s score in the tournament also increased from 2 goals to 3 goals .As a result, Lee Kang-in’s scoring ranking for the tournament also became tied for second place. Iraqi striker Ayman Hussein is currently in first place with 5 goals. Lee Kang-in, Japan’s Ayase Ueda, and Qatar’s Akram Afif are trailing Hussein with three goals .Previously, Lee Kang-in led the team to a 3-1 victory by scoring multiple goals in the first match against Bahrain in the group stage .Lee Kang-in played in 22 A matches (national team) in total and scored 7 goals .All 7 goals came in the last 8 games, establishing themselves as the core of the attack under coach 스포츠토토존 Jürgen Klinsmann.

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