Kim Min-jae deletes Lukaku with iron defense… The team ends the league undefeated streak

Kim Min-jae, the “monster defender,” who completely eliminated “monster striker” Romelu Lukaku, shone with the highest rating in the team despite the loss.

Napoli lost 0-1 to Inter Milan in the 16th round of the 2022-2023 Italian Serie A held at Giuseppe Meazza in Milan, Italy on the 5th (Korean time). With this defeat, Napoli (41 points) ended their undefeated run in the league, but kept first place alone. However, the gap with second place AC Milan (36 points) narrowed. Inter Milan (33 points) surpassed Lazio and rose to 4th place. 메이저놀이터

Kim Min-jae, who started the match that day, showed solid defense that did not easily get pushed back against the ‘monster striker’ Lukaku, who threatened the goal with his large physique. Although Napoli lost in the 11th minute of the second half with a header from veteran striker Edin Dzeko, Kim Min-jae’s defense was recognized.

As soon as the game started, Kim Min-jae dug into the back space and clung to Lukaku, who received the pass, and took the ball and succeeded in overpowering it. Even after that, Kim Min-jae did not hesitate to fight Lukaku and tied him tightly during the first half. Kim Min-jae, who continued to defend tenaciously in the second half, overcame a physical struggle against Lukaku and played an active part, winning an aerial ball. In the end, Lukaku was replaced by Lautaro Martinez in the 19th minute of the second half without much gain and left the field. 

In the match against Inter Milan, Kim Min-jae recorded a pass success rate of 90%, ball competition success 3 times, tackle success 3 times (100%), kick-off 3 times, and ball possession 2 times. After the match, the football statistics site ‘’ gave Kim Min-jae the highest rating of 6.8 in the team. Kim Min-jae’s defensive partner, Rahmani, received a grade of 6.7.

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