Kim Min-jae of Napoli Scores 1st Goal in Serie A

  • By Sung Jin-hyuk

    August 23, 2022 10:24

    Kim Min-jae of Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli makes a heart gesture for his wife after a match against AC Monza in Naples, Italy on Sunday, in this photo posted on his Instagram account.
    Defender Kim Min-jae of Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli scored his debut goal in Italy's Serie A on Sunday.
    In a home match against AC Monza, Kim scored Napoli's last goal with a header off a corner from Piotr Zielinski in injury time, sealing the team's 4-0 win.
    It was Kim's second match since he joined Napoli from Turkish club Fenerbahçe S.K.
    After the game he posted a photo of himself on Instagram making a heart shape with his hands, with a message saying, "My first goal for my wife." 
    Kim was also impressive in defense, making nine interceptions, winning all four aerial duels he was involved in, and completing two tackles and 93 percent of his 53 attempted passes.
    To put Napoli's victory in perspective, however, it should be remembered that Monza was promoted to the first division this season for the first time since its founding in 1912.
    Kim Min-jae of Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli (second from right) heads the ball to score in a match against AC Monza in Naples, Italy on Sunday. /AFP-Yonhap
    Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti said Kim delivered a good performance in his first match against Hellas Verona and scored a goal in the home opener, but added, "He needs to be more involved in games. He can play better." 
    Napoli signed Kim to replace Kalidou Koulibaly, who moved to Chelsea in the English Premier League. Napoli now shares first place with Inter Milan with six points from two wins after scoring nine goals and conceding two in two games. 
    The club finished in third place last season.  
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