Hwang Hee-chan shows a strong performance every time he meets Liverpool.
Wolverhampton lost 1-3 to Liverpool in the 5th round of the 2023-24 season Premier League (PL) held at Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, England at 8:30 pm (Korean time) on the 16th. As a result, Wolverhampton maintained 15th place with 1 win and 4 losses (3 points) along with 2 consecutive losses. Liverpool, who earned 3 points in an enemy field, was in 3rd place with 4 wins and 1 draw (13 points).
The home team Wolverhampton used a 4-2-3-1 formation. Matheus Cunha was deployed to the front line, and Pedro Neto, Jean Kriner Bellegarde, and Hwang Hee-chan supported the attack in the second line. Behind him, Joao Gomes and Mario Lemina formed the midfield. The back four consisted of Rayan Ait-Nuri, Maximilian Kilman, Craig Dawson, and Nelson Semedo, and the goalkeeper gloves were worn by Jose Sa.
The away team, Liverpool, faced off with a 4-3-3 formation. Diogo Jota, Cody Gakpo, and Mohamed Salah were positioned at the front, while the midfield consisted of Curtis Johnson, Alexis Mac Allister, and Dominique Szoboslaui. Andy Robertson, Joel Matip, Jarrell Quansa, and Joe Gomez formed the defensive line, and the goal was guarded by Alisson Becker.
Wolverhampton laughed first early on. In the 7th minute of the first half, Neto successfully dribbled in front of three defenders on the left side. Afterwards, he posted a cross. Hwang Hee-chan shot straight from the other side and pierced Alisson. It was Hwang Hee-chan’s third goal of the season and third against Liverpool.
Another chance to score came. In the 29th minute of the first half, Hwang Hee-chan caught Neto’s cross from the left with his chest and looked at the angle of the shot, but unfortunately was unable to shoot due to Robertson’s quick cover.
Wolverhampton finished the first half with a 1-0 lead. However, Liverpool’s counterattack in the second half was very strong. In the 10th minute of the second half, Gakpo lightly pushed in Salah’s pass and balanced the score. Liverpool turned the game around in a tense situation. In the 40th minute of the second half, Robertson finished the pass given by Salah and hit the net.
Liverpool put an end to the game. In the extra time of the second half, Harvey Elliott, who was rushing through a cutback after Salah caught the ball, aimed at the goal with a mid-range shot. This shot was deflected off Hugo Bueno’s foot and went straight into the goal. In the end, Wolverhampton bowed at 1-3 despite Hwang Hee-chan’s first goal.
Hwang Hee-chan, who was a starter that day, played about 60 minutes until the 15th minute of the second half. Based on soccer statistics media ‘Sofa Score’, Hwang Hee-chan scored 1 goal, touched the ball 25 times, had a passing success rate of 82%, 1 shot (1 effective shot), 5 duels (1 successful), 1 foul, and 1 successful dribble. Times, etc. were recorded.
This is Hwang Hee-chan, who scored his third league goal in five games. Hwang Hee-chan played 27 PL games last season and scored 3 goals and 1 assist. This season, he is showing a very good trend at the beginning of the season, scoring 3 goals in 5 games. Hwang Hee-chan played in 30 games in the 2021-22 season and scored 5 goals and 1 assist. If he continues to show his recent trend, he will likely be able to challenge for the most goals in a single season in his career since moving to the PL.온라인카지노
He continues to show good form against Liverpool. Hwang Hee-chan has met Liverpool nine times in his career. His first match was in the 2019-20 season. Hwang Hee-chan, who played for Salzburg at the time and faced Liverpool in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League (UCL), defeated Virgil van Dijk and succeeded in scoring. In that game, Hwang Hee-chan scored 1 goal and 1 assist, but the team unfortunately lost 3-4.
Even during his time at Leipzig, he faced Liverpool on the UEFA Champions League (UCL) stage. At that time, he appeared as a substitute in two consecutive games, and the team lost both games 0-2. He has met the league standard 5 times since entering the PL. Among them, this is the fourth time we met in PL. He also appeared once in the English FA Cup and scored a goal, with the team drawing 2-2.
Be careful of injuries. Hwang Hee-chan’s form was very good from the first game of the season. Hwang Hee-chan, who appeared as a substitute in the league opener against Manchester United, harassed Manchester United’s defense with his unique flashy movements and aggressive breakthroughs. He made a bold shot that chilled Andreona and me. He was good at crossing from the left side to the center or penetrating directly into the penalty box. He showed aggressive moves, recording 4 shots.
It was enough to appeal to the manager who had been in office for less than a week. Against Brighton in the second round, Hwang Hee-chan came on as a substitute in the 10th minute of the second half. At the time, when the team was down 0-4, Hwang Hee-chan was a ray of light for Wolverhampton. Hwang Hee-chan, who came on as a substitute in the 10th minute of the second half, scored from a corner kick attack 6 minutes after being put on, becoming Wolverhampton’s first goal this season.
In this trend, I took the opportunity to be selected. On the 26th of last month, Hwang Hee-chan played as a left wing forward against Everton. It was his first start this season. He continued to harass Everton’s right defense with his flashy movements and agile play.
An unfortunate incident occurred in a tense situation. Hwang Hee-chan collapsed due to injury. In the 26th minute of the first half, Nathan Patterson, who was competing for the ball with Hwang Hee-chan, tackled the player’s knee, causing Hwang Hee-chan to fall down with a loud scream. However, the referee did not call a foul. Fortunately, Hwang Hee-chan got up and came back into the stadium.
Afterwards, Hwang Hee-chan played the game without difficulty until the end of the first half. In the 35th minute of the first half, Hwang Hee-chan started the attack with his own dribble and sent a pass from the side to the center. The ball ended up reaching Pedro Neto on the right, but the shot went high.
As the second half began, Wolverhampton brought out the substitution card. Hwang Hee-chan was left out and Rayan Ait-Nuri was brought in. At the press conference after the game, Coach O’Neill said, “Hwang Hee-chan suffered a hamstring injury in the first half, so he had to be replaced. With Nunes missing due to a red card, there were not enough players to play on the left wing. Ait-Nuri was the replacement for Hwang Hee-chan. “I expected him to play a role and showed good offensive ability. Ait-Nuri filled the void well,” he said.
However, Hwang Hee-chan’s recovery speed was very fast. Hwang Hee-chan immediately returned to the next game. Hwang Hee-chan came on as a substitute in the match against Crystal Palace held on the 3rd and came on in the 15th minute of the second half. He cracked it in 5 minutes. In the 20th minute of the second half, during a free kick attack, Hwang Hee-chan made a shooting motion to head the ball raised by Neto. The ball hit Hwang Hee-chan’s shoulder, not his head, and went straight into the goal. The referee acknowledged the goal after communicating with the video assistant referee (VAR) room.
As long as there are no injuries, he is expected to continue to show good form. This season, Wolverhampton has scored 5 goals so far, 3 of which were scored by Hwang Hee-chan. With today’s goal, Hwang Hee-chan scored for the first time in two consecutive games since his PL debut. It is also very encouraging that six of Hwang Hee-chan’s league scores (11 goals), more than half, have been scored since last March.
Additionally, after Hwang Hee-chan wore the Wolverhampton uniform, he became the team’s highest scorer for three seasons. According to soccer statistics media ‘Opta’, Hwang Hee-chan has scored 11 league goals since transferring to Wolverhampton. Ruben Neves fell from tied first place to second place with 10 goals during the period, followed by Daniel Podense (8 goals) and Raul Jimenez (6 goals). However, except for Hwang Hee-chan, all three players left Wolverhampton and took on a new challenge.