‘Monster defender’ Kim Min-jae (27) played full-time and played iron defense, 메이저놀이터 leading Napoli’s seven-game winning streak.
Napoli won 2-0 in an away match against Sassuolo held at Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia, Italy on the 18th (Korean time) in the 23rd round of Italian professional football Serie A in the 2022-23 season.
As a result, Napoli, which has won 7 consecutive wins, including 3 scoreless victories in the recent league, recorded 20 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss and 62 points, widening the gap to 2nd place Inter Milan (44 points), which played one less game, to 18 points. The defeated Sassuolo stayed in 15th place (24 points).
Kim Min-jae showed off his stable defense by playing as a starter on this day as well. Thanks to Napoli’s overall dominance, Kim Min-jae was able to solve the game without much difficulty.
According to whoscored.com, a soccer statistics site, Kim Min-jae recorded a pass success rate of 90%. He also won all six aerial contests. His tackles were also successful twice and he kicked five times, showing off his stable defense.
With Kim Min-jae firmly in charge of the rear, Napoli took the lead first with Hvica Kvarachhelia’s winning goal in the 12th minute of the first half.
Kvarachhelia, who received a pass from Matthias Olivera, ran the ball from near the half-line to the front of the penalty box and shook the net with a right-footed shot.
In the 33rd minute of the first half, Victor Osimen scored an additional goal to seal the game. Osimen, who scored goals in 7 consecutive matches, ranked first in the league (18 goals).
Napoli added a goal with a header from Giovanni Simeone in extra time in the second half, but the goal was disallowed as it was declared offside.
WhoScored.com gave Kim Min-jae the highest rating of 7.7 among defenders after the game. Kvarachhelia scored the highest with 8.8 points, and Osimen scored 8.2 points.