Kim Min-jae (27, Naples) captivated the fans’ hearts with a fighting spirit that did not spare his body until the end.
Napoli defeated AS Roma 2-1 in the 2022-2023 Serie A round 20 held at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Naples, Italy on the 30th (Korean time). As a result, the league leader Napoli (53 points), who added 3 points, widened the gap with 2nd place Inter Milan (40 points) to 13 points.
Kim Min-jae, who also started the match that day, played solid defense throughout the 90 minutes. Except for one mistake at the end of the first half, his performance was close to perfect. He blocked the Roman attack properly with his superior height, quick judgment, and powerful physical fight.
According to football statistics media ‘Foot Mob’, Kim Min-jae recorded a tackle success rate of 100% (2/2), 9 kicks, 2 blocks, 8 recoveries, and a long pass success rate of 71% (5/7). The media gave him a rating of 7.5, which is 4th on the team.
In particular, the defense that did not lose concentration at the end of the game was impressive. Kim Min-jae moved quickly several times during extra time and cut all the passes, and even in the last situation, he kicked the ball with his head to protect the team’s victory. 안전놀이터
According to Italy’s ‘Area Napoli’, the fans who visited the stadium burst into cheers. The media emphasized, “Kim Min-jae became an idol in name and reality at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.
The media then said, “It’s not surprising, but at the last moment, Kim Min-jae kicked the ball as far as possible. In the meantime, Maradona Stadium shouted his name ‘KIM, KIM, KIM’ loudly and cheered as if he scored a goal.” He delivered a warm response from the fans.