World-class defender Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich) proved his worth on Lake Klinsmann. Not only did he play solid defense, but he also showed why he is on the shortlist of 30 for the Ballon d’Or, which recognizes the world’s best players.토토사이트

Jürgen Klinsmann’s South Korea (28th in the FIFA rankings) defeated Saudi Arabia (54th) 1-0 in a friendly at St. James’ Park in Newcastle, England, on Sept. 13.

South Korea defended well against a goal by Cho Kyu-sung (Meatwillan) in the 32nd minute of the first half.

It was the first win in six games for Klinsmann’s team, which had struggled with three draws and two losses in five matches since he took over in February.

Partnered with Jeong Seung-hyun (Ulsan) at center back, Kim Min-jae once again showed his iron-clad defense. He moved a beat faster than the opposing striker, cut the ball, and was not easily penetrated even in a one-on-one man-to-man mark.

In the early part of the second half, he also actively contributed to the offense. Three minutes into the second half, he played a penetrating pass behind the defense to Son Heung-min (Tottenham), who set up Lee Jae-sung (Mainz), but his finish was lacking.

A minute later, he cut in a ball from the left flank and quickly overlapped to win a corner.

Kim Min-jae also won a contested aerial ball and led a steady defense. He received a huge ovation when he stopped a Saudi attack in the last minute of the second half with an active defense that included throwing his body.

Kim Min-jae played full-time for the second consecutive game against Wales, helping Klinsmann’s men keep a clean sheet for the second consecutive match in Europe.

South Korea’s defensive frailties were exposed in the June A match when Kim was absent for basic military training, conceding in two consecutive games.

The performance of Kim Min-jae at the back, coupled with saves from goalkeeper Kim Seung-kyu (Al-Shabab), allowed Klinsmann’s side to finally pick up their first win in six matches.

After helping Napoli (Italy) to the league title last season, Kim moved to German giants Bayern Munich this summer and proved on the pitch why he is one of the most sought-after defenders in Europe.

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