‘League 125 years, only 3 teams’ Kim Min-jae’s Napoli, writes a record achieved only by the winning team
SSC Napoli, led by Kim Min-jae (27), the “core of the defense,” set a record that only two teams had achieved in the 125-year-old Serie A league.
Napoli won 2-0 against Salernitana in the 19th round of Italian Serie A in the 2022-2023 season held at Arechi Stadium in Italy on the 22nd (Korean time). Giovanni Di Lorenzo took the lead in the 48th minute of the first half, and Victor Osimen scored an additional goal in the 3rd minute of the second half.
With this, Napoli achieved 50 points in the first half with 16 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss. According to Eurosport and football statistics media Opta, Napoli became the third team in Serie A history to score 50 points in the first half. 4th on record.
Earlier in the 2006-2007 season, Inter stepped on the 50-point high in the first half for the first time. Subsequently, Juventus achieved this twice in the 2013-2014 season and the 2018-2019 season. What stands out is that both Inter and Juventus finished the season with league titles. Eurosport also mentioned this and said, “Napoli has the right to work magic (winning the league).”
Kim Min-jae started as the starting center back and played full-time in the game where he set a record. He reliably supported from the rear with a high pass success rate of 93%, and showed a dizzying appearance, such as receiving a warning for a rough tackle in the 44th minute of the first half. However, he kept the ground until the end of the game and kept his team’s 2-0 victory. 안전놀이터
Napoli took an overwhelming lead, 12 points ahead of second place AC Milan (11 wins, 5 draws, 2 losses, 38 points), taking one step closer to winning the league title for the first time in 33 years since 1990. After the game, coach Luciano Spalletti also did not deny that it was the right time to challenge for the championship, saying in an interview with broadcaster DAZN, “We have an unprecedented opportunity. We must not waste this opportunity and play our football.”