Scored in 11 months… Hwang Hee-chan’s first goal of the season against strong Liverpool

‘Bull’ Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton) finally scored his first goal of the season. He scored an equalizer against strong Liverpool and saved Wolverhampton from a crisis. 

Wolverhampton drew 2-2 with Liverpool held at Anfield in Liverpool, England on the 8th at 5 am (Korean time) in the 3rd round (64 rounds) of the 2022-2023 England FA Cup.

With this, the two teams are scheduled to cover the team that advances to the round of 32 through a rematch at Wolverhampton’s home in the future. 

‘Joker sortie’ Hwang Hee-chan, tying goal in 3 minutes

On this day, Hwang Hee-chan started on the bench. A large number of second-class players were selected by the rotation system. On the other hand, Liverpool stepped up to the top with Gakpo-Nunez-Sala in front. 

Liverpool had a big advantage in possession, but the number of shots was rather a lot of Wolverhampton. In the 4th minute of the first half, Gakpo’s shot, which received Salah’s pass, was blocked by the goalkeeper. 

The opening goal belonged to Wolverhampton. In the 26th minute of the first half, Gedds intercepted goalkeeper Alisson’s pass from the left and opened the net with a shot. Afterwards, Wolverhampton tried to counterattack by building a solid defense. 

But Liverpool responded with a tie. In the 45th minute of the first half, Alexander Arnold crossed from the right, and Núñez finished with a volley from the other side, ending the first half at 1-1. 

Liverpool continued the flow of the first half and added a goal in the 7th minute of the second half. Gakpo’s shot from the left side of the opponent’s field hit Gomes and headed towards the center of the box. Salah then caught the ball and connected it with a shot to score a come-from-behind goal. 

Liverpool have been on the offensive all along. In the 11th minute of the second half, Núñez’s header missed the goal. Salah and Alexander Arnold joined the attack and looked for an additional goal. 

Accordingly, Wolverhampton made a change by introducing 메이저사이트 Kunya, Hwang Hee-chan and Matheus Nunes in the 18th minute of the second half. The Joker’s input hit the mark perfectly. In the 21st minute of the second half, Hwang Hee-chan sent a pass to Kunya on the left, and Kunya crossed again low to the center. At this time, the ball that Konate was trying to clear hit Hwang Hee-chan’s leg and passed Alisson’s goalkeeper. 

Afterwards, Liverpool brought in Henderson and put Keita in. On the other hand, Wolverhampton strengthened the left line with Bueno. No extra points were scored. In the 43rd minute of the second half, Dorck’s shot, which was substituted, rose to the top of the goal, and Liverpool had to promise the game next. 

Hwang Hee-chan on the rise after the Qatar World Cup

Hwang Hee-chan joined Wolverhampton on loan last season and entered the Premier League. He got off to a good start. After scoring 4 goals in the first half alone, Wolverhampton triggered the full transfer clause for Hwang Hee-chan. However, with only one goal against Arsenal in the second half, the pace slowed sharply. Hwang Hee-chan’s final score was 5 goals. It was not a bad report card considering it was the first season of his transfer. 

The problem is this season, the second year. He started in the first two games of the season, but after that, he was completely pushed out of the main competition and kept the bench. The goalless period was prolonged because he did not get a chance. To make matters worse, manager Bruno Raz resigned due to poor performance. 

However, it became an opportunity for Hwang Hee-chan. He gained confidence by scoring a dramatic come-from-behind goal in the final group stage match against Portugal at the 2022 Qatar World Cup, and his position began to change after returning to his team, Wolverhampton. Just in time, new coach Hulen Lopetegui also hired Hwang Hee-chan. 

Hwang Hee-chan, who announced a fresh start in the second half by recording an assist in the League Cup against Gillingham, the first game after the World Cup, took the opportunity to start in three consecutive league games. In this FA Cup Round of 64 match against Liverpool, he started on the bench by the rotation system, but received a special order to be put in as a joker in the middle of the second half in a situation where the team was losing 1-2. And Hwang Hee-chan showed off his presence after 3 minutes of substitution. 

He teamed up with Kunya and scored the equalizer. It was the first goal of the season and the first goal in 11 months since the match against Arsenal in February 2022. Wolverhampton, who suffered from Hwang Hee-chan’s equalizer, could aim to advance to the round of 32 through a rematch.

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