Even though the team did not win, Hwang In-beom captured the attention of Europe by showing his capabilities again following the match against Manchester City.
Crvena Zvezda defeated Young Boys 2-2 in the second leg of Group G of the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League (UCL) held at the Rajko Mitic Stadium in Belgrade, Serbia at 4 a.m. on the 5th (Korean time). It was a draw.
Zvezda selected In-Beom Hwang, Omri Glaser, Sergian Mijajlovic, Aleksandar Dragovic, Nasser Djiga, Milan Rodic, Marko Stamenic, Osman Bukhari, Mirko Ivanic, Stefan Mitrovic, and Cheriv Ndiaye. wrote: Young Boys started Anthony Racioppi, Saidi Jancon, Loris Benito, Darian Malles, Cheikh Niasse, Joel Monteiro and Cedrin Eaton.
In-Beom Hwang started for the second consecutive game in UCL. Hwang In-beom grew up at Daejeon Citizen (currently Daejeon Hana Citizen) and moved to the Vancouver Whitecaps (USA) in 2019 to play overseas. He later went on to play for Rubin Kazan (Russia) and FC Seoul (South Korea) before donning the uniform of Greece’s Olympiacos in July of last year.스포츠토토
And based on his outstanding skills, he took over the Greek stage. Hwang In-beom took on the role of a maestro in the third line, showing off his ability to pass, release pressure, and control the tempo of the game. He also increased the number of attacks by momentarily penetrating the second line or created opportunities through direct penetration. His overall record was 5 goals and 4 assists in 40 official games, and he was selected as Olympiacos’ Player of the Year in a fan vote organized by the Superliga Ellada Secretariat.
Then he got caught up in a contract dispute, and after a fight, the transfer to Zvezda was completed. Zvezda is a Serbian team founded in 1945 and has a history of winning the UCL. Won the championship in the 1990-91 season. They are also the team with the most wins in the Serbian Superliga and have consistently won trophies in various competitions. Even at this point, he is a regular customer of UCL. This season, they will also participate in the UCL and be included in Group G, where they will face City, Leipzig, and Young Boys. The highest transfer fee of all time was Osman Bukary, who came to Zvezda for 3 million euros (about 4.2 billion won). If Hwang In-beom arrives after recording 5 million euros (approximately 7 billion won), the club record will be broken.
He left Daejeon, went to MLS, then Russia, returned to Korea to escape the war, went to Greece, and then decided to go to Serbia. Again, this is an unusual road. It can be said that there are no Korean players who are making their name known in Europe through this route. Although he also delivered ‘SPORTAL’, he is the first Korean in the history of the Zrvena club. He did the same at Olympiacos.
In the joining interview, Hwang In-beom strengthened his resolve and expressed his expectations for UCL. “UCL is one of the big reasons I came here. We all want to play in the best club competition in the world. I am ready to play for Zvezda with my teammates and introduce myself to the fans. There is no easy group in UCL. “We have a good team and I am happy to play against big European clubs like Manchester City. I am looking forward to the game and I am not afraid of anyone. I think we can beat any team in our group,” he said.
Also, regarding Manchester City, which is in the same group, he said, “I talked to Son Heung-min, who plays for Tottenham Hootspur, and Hwang Hee-chan, who plays for Wolverhampton, about Manchester City. But they said that you have to be ready to play for 90 minutes non-stop. I can keep playing, but I can play for 90 minutes. “I think everyone should attack, not just defend. Whether it’s Man City or Leipzig, you have to score to win. In UCL, you have to win the game, not defend to draw. I’m ready to help the team, like a dog. “I’m ready to run,” he said.
Hwang In-beom joined the Manchester City away trip and made his UCL debut as a starter. Zvezda scored the first goal. In the 45th minute of the first half, Hwang In-beom delivered a high ball to Mirko Ivanic. The penetration pass was immediately connected to Osman Bukhari, who attempted a line break. Bukhari, who had a one-on-one chance, calmly found the net. Offside was initially declared, but the goal was recognized after video review (VAR).
But Man City was strong. The balance was reached after entering the second half. In the second minute of the second half, Alvarez pushed in the ball given away by Holland and scored the equalizer. Zvezda even allowed a reversal. In the 15th minute of the second half, goalkeeper Omri Glazer failed to punch in the process of blocking an Alvarez free kick, and the game was overturned. Zvezda counterattacked by bringing in Peter Olainka and Jean-Philippe Crasso.
There was no twist. Rather, Man City succeeded in scoring a key goal when Rodri penetrated into the box in the 28th minute of the second half. In the remaining time, Zvezda used Vladimir Lucic, Kings Kanwa, and Milos Degenek, but it did not bear fruit. In the end, it ended with a 3-1 comeback win for Man City.
Hwang In-beom finished his debut match when he was replaced by Kanwa in the 37th minute of the second half. It was a successful showcase. In a situation where Zvezda had no choice but to go down, Hwang In-beom was busy moving around the ground throughout the game. He also produced sharp scenes. In the 18th minute of the second half, after a sharp forward pass, he received the ball again and shot in front of the goal, but was blocked in front of Ederson and swallowed his disappointment.
According to UEFA, Hwang In-beom covered a whopping 11.2 km in 82 minutes. Key stats include 1 effective shot, 76% passing success (25 attempts – 19 successes), 50% long ball success (4 attempts – 2 successes), and 75% ground duels (4 attempts – 3 successes). , etc. Football statistics media ‘WhoScored.com’ and ‘FootMob’ gave Hwang In-Beom 6.7 points and 6.6 points, respectively, and evaluated him as acceptable.
After the game ended, Hwang In-beom said, “Thank you to everyone who supported me even though it was early in the morning. It was a disappointing result, but it was a moment I will never forget for the rest of my life. I would like to say thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday! I will repay you by growing wherever I go. “Thank you,” he said, expressing his thoughts about debuting on the ‘War of Stars’ stage of his dreams.
Hwang In-beom, who started as a starter, showed influence in midfield. Zvezda lost possession to Young Boys, but when it came time to counterattack, Hwang In-beom’s pass stood out. Ndiaye’s shot was blocked in the 6th minute of the first half. In a corner kick or free kick situation, Hwang In-beom stepped up. There were many crises. Monteiro’s shot missed in the 23rd minute of the first half. Hwang In-beom took a shot in the 25th minute of the first half, but swallowed his disappointment as it missed the goal.
Zvezda created an opportunity with a set piece using Hwang In-beom, but no goal was scored. Zvezda took the lead in the 35th minute of the first half when Ndiaye scored. The Young Boys’ onslaught unfolded. Eaton’s header was blocked in the 41st minute of the first half. Zvezda withstood the onslaught of Young Boys. In the 3rd minute of extra time in the first half, Bukhari scored after receiving a pass from Hwang In-beom, but it was ruled offside. The first half ended with Zvezda leading 1-0.
Bad news occurred to Young Boys in the second half. Benito was injured and Aruel Amenda was brought on. Then, in the 3rd minute of the second half, Filip Ugrinić scored a goal and the score was tied. Young Boys pounded harder. Eaton shot in the 5th minute of the second half and Lopes shot in the 8th minute of the second half, but it did not result in a goal. Young Boys succeeded in turning the tables when Eaton scored a penalty kick (PK) in the 16th minute of the second half.
Zvezda added Peter Olainka, Vladimir Lucic, and Aleksandar Katai in succession. Hwang In-beom showed active offense and defense and tried to bring the game to the starting point. The match was very intense. There was a series of rough plays and several warnings were issued. In a tough atmosphere, Young Boys had a chance to score a key goal, but decision-making was the problem. It was fortunate for Zvezda, whose defense was unstable.
The equalizer came in the 43rd minute of the second half. Bukhari’s shot hit the Young Boys’ net. It was a shooting full of sense. Zvezda took advantage of the flow and attacked. Olainka had a chance in extra time in the second half, but it was unfortunate that he was flagged for offside. Just before the end, Katai’s shot missed the goal and Olympiacos had their heads covered. The game ended in a 2-2 draw.
Zvezda are yet to win, losing to Manchester City and drawing with Young Boys. Still, it was encouraging that they did not lose to Young Boys but drew and earned one point. Soccer statistics media ‘Whoscored.com’ gave Hwang In-beom a rating of 7.18. He was third in Zvezda, following Bukhari (8.26 points) and Ndiaye (7.7 points). Both players scored goals. Hwang In-beom had no attack points.
Hwang In-beom recorded 3 shots (1 effective shot), a pass success rate of 81.3%, 1 duel victory, 15 cross attempts (3 successes), 2 successful long passes (4 attempts), and only 5 key passes. Circuit Zvezda and Young Voice had the most overall. In-beom Hwang did his part and once again showed off his abilities at UCL. Regardless of Zvezda’s performance, Hwang In-beom is definitely performing well.