Lee Kang-In led the South Korean national soccer team to its first win in World Cup qualifying. With one goal and one assist, Lee had a direct or indirect hand in every goal, drawing praise from head coach Jürgen Klinsmann.
Klinsmann’s men’s national soccer team wrapped up their first Group C match of the 2026 FIFA World Cup North America on Saturday with a 5-0 victory over Singapore in the second round of Asian qualifying. Cho Kyu-sung opened the scoring, followed by goals from Hwang Hee-chan, Son Heung-min, Hwang Eui-jo, and Lee Kang-in. With their first win of the tournament, Klinsmannhoe will now face China in the second round of qualifying on July 21.토토사이트
Against Singapore, Lee Kang-in was the standout performer. Not only did he record a goal and an assist, but he also showed his ability to create and finish chances throughout the offense.
After the game, Klinsmann said, “When you play a team that drops back defensively, you need a player with creativity. You need someone who can penetrate the box or be aggressive in one-on-ones. Lee did exactly that. He can make penetrating passes and he can score goals,” he said, adding that he is a player the national team needs.
The French media was also very interested in Lee, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain. The French sports newspaper L’Equipe reported on Lee’s performance.
“Powerful shots and laser passes, Lee Kang-in pleases South Korea,” read the headline on RMC Sports. “It was a comfortable win thanks to Lee Kang-in’s performance. Lee started the game and broke the deadlock just before halftime. He was active throughout the game and rattled the net in the final minute. He fooled the opposing goalkeeper with a powerful shot from the edge of the penalty area.”
He also talked about his presence in the team: “Lee Kang-in is finding options in the Paris Saint-Germain squad. His confidence, his left foot, his energy and the quality of his attacks offer many solutions for Luis Enrique, who does not hesitate to use him in several positions.”