Lee Kang-in put in a stellar performance against his hometown club Valencia.
Mallorca defeated Valencia 1-0 in the 36th round of the 2022-23 Spanish La Liga on Saturday at 2:30 a.m. ET at the Estadi Vidit Mallorca in Mallorca, Spain. With the three points, Mallorca moves to 11th place in the league (47 points). Valencia failed to pick up a point and remained in 13th place (40 points), still two points behind 18th-place Real Valladolid in the relegation zone.
The match featured a clash between Lee’s former and current clubs. Lee is a product of Valencia’s youth academy. In 2018, at the age of 17 years, 8 months, and 11 days, he became the youngest foreign debutant in Valencia’s history when he made his debut in a cup competition. However, what followed was a disappointment. He struggled to get playing time at Valencia.
Eventually, Lee decided to look for a new challenge. He refused to renew his contract with Valencia and headed to Mallorca. Since joining Mallorca ahead of last season, Lee has gained experience in both the starting and substitute roles, and this season he has become a key player for coach Javier Aguirre.
Lee found the back of the net in his first match of the season against his hometown club Valencia. He scored the game-winner in the 38th minute with the score tied at 1-1. In this match, Lee was also active from the start, leading Mallorca’s attack with his breakaway and passing ability.
Finally, Mallorca took the lead, with Lee providing the assist and sharing the goal with his ‘mate’ Murki. Lee sent in a sharp cross from the left in the 19th minute after receiving a pass from Da Costa. Mourinho rattled the net with 스포츠토토 a neat header. Lee was substituted in the 38th minute. The game ended in favor of Mallorca.
Lee was on the field for 83 minutes, attempting three key passes, the most of any player on either side, and was sharp as a tack, completing all four of his dribbles for a 100% success rate. Soccer statistics site FútbolScore.com gave Lee the second-highest rating of 7.9 among players on both sides of the ball, and he was named La Liga’s official Man of the Match.
Spain’s El Des Marques said, “Lee played a fantastic game for Valencia. His assist for Mourinho’s goal in the 19th minute of the second half was enough to break the deadlock,” said El Des Marques.