Kim Minjae scored 2 points and his team’s highest rating…
Kim Minjae (26, Naples), who blocked Mohamed Salah (30, Liverpool), received the highest rating in the team.
Napoli lost 0-2 to Liverpool in the sixth Group A match of the 2022-2023 UEFA Champions League at Anfield, Liverpool, England, at 5 a.m. on the 2nd (Korea Standard Time).
With 15 points (5 wins and 1 loss), Napoli beat Liverpool (15 points, 5 wins and 1 loss) and confirmed their advance to the round of 16 as the top of the group in terms of goal difference. Liverpool, who gave Napoli their first loss of the season, had to settle for second place, behind in goal difference.
Napoli, who did not know the defeat this season, suffered from Liverpool’s wave of attacks as they were far behind from the midfield. In the end, Napoli, who held out well with a solid defense, knelt down by giving up two goals only from a corner kick just before the end of the game.
Kim Min-jae’s defeat in the air ball competition, which was like an iron wall, remains regrettable. He gave Darwin Nunes and Virgil van Dijk a series of aerial balls in a corner kick, providing an excuse for losing a point. It was all the more regrettable because Kim Min-jae was tying Sala tightly until the loss.
Nevertheless, the evaluation of local Italian media was generous. La Repubblica said, “Kim Min-jae fought persistently when he needed determination. He is the pillar of the blue bunker,” he praised and gave him a rating of 7. This is the highest rating in the team.
“Calcio Napoli” also scored Kim Min-jae seven points, the team’s highest rating. The media said, “Kim Min-jae paid attention to Firmino’s penetration and made Salah offside. At the end of the first half, he directly pressed Salah. He chased Salah and stole the ball in the 60th minute. He also intervened in the ball in an acrobatic way,” he said.