SSC Napoli Kim Min-jae (27) put up an impregnable defense in front of AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho (Portugal), who tried to recruit him in the past.
Napoli won 2-1 in a home game against AS Roma in the 20th round of Italian Serie A in the 2022-23 season held at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Naples, Italy on the 30th (Korean time). Napoli took the lead in the 17th minute through Victor Osimen’s goal. AS Roma gave up an equalizer in the 30th minute of the second half, but in the 41st minute of the second half, Napoli Diego Simeone scored the winning goal.
Napoli went on a four-game winning streak, recording 17 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss (53 points). They took the lead with 13 points ahead of second place Inter Milan (40 points). After Diego Maradona played an active role in 1987 and 1990, Napoli came close to winning Serie A for the first time in 33 years. On the other hand, AS Roma stayed in 6th place with 11 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses (37 points).
Kim Min-jae, who started as a center-back duo with Amir Rahmani, conceded one goal, but blocked opponent strikers such as Paulo Dybala well.
In the 10th minute of the first half, Kim Min-jae’s back header, which was trying to kick the opponent’s pass back from the gate, almost led to an own goal, but fortunately it missed to the right of the goal post. In the 17th minute of the first half, Osimen, who was in front of the goal after Napoli Hvica Kvarachhelia’s cross from the left, scored the opening goal with a right-footed non-stop shot after exquisite chest and foot trapping.
In the 37th minute of the first half, Kim Min-jae blocked the opponent’s shot with a physical defense by throwing himself. In the 39th minute of the first half, Kim Min-jae committed a foul while competing for a header with Tammy Abraham.
During extra time in the first half, Minjae Kim kicked the ball away from the Napoli camp and hit the opponent. AS Roma’s attack was fierce, but Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret’s save saved the crisis. Napoli finished the first half 1-0.
In the second half, Kim Min-jae played a solid defense. In the 4th minute of the second half, Kim Min-jae prevented the opponent from breaking through with a tackle inside the Napoli penalty box. In the 16th minute of the second half, AS Roma’s sharp free kick was kicked out with a header. In the 17th minute of the second half, Kim Min-jae participated in a counterattack with two colleagues from the Naples camp. Kim Min-jae sprinted towards the gate at great speed, but fellow Irving Rossano connected with a shot instead of passing to no-mark Min-jae Kim. It was blocked by the goalkeeper. 안전놀이터
In the 30th minute of the second half, the ball headed by Kim Min-jae in the penalty box went to Nikola Zalewski. Zalewski’s cross was crossed by El Sharawi with his right foot to make it 1-1.
Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti immediately put in striker Simeone, and the replacement card hit. In the 41st minute of the second half, Simeone, who received a penetrating pass from Piotr Zielinski, scored the winning goal with a left-footed turning shot. In the 6th minute of extra time in the second half, Kim Min-jae blocked AS Roma’s wave of offensive attacks with a header.
Whoscored.com, a European statistics company, gave Kim Min-jae a rating of 7, as he recorded 9 kicks. It is the third highest rating in Naples after Zielinski (7.3 points) and Rossano (7.2 points). He is also one of the best defenders on both teams.
AS Roma coach Mourinho said at a press conference ahead of the match against Napoli on the 28th, “When I was coaching Tottenham, I made two or three video calls to recruit Kim Min-jae, but it was canceled. Tottenham offered 5 million euros, but the deal would have been completed if only 7 to 8 million euros were paid.” Kim Min-jae was defeated by Mourinho, who tried to take him in the past.