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ACL 2017 MD2 Toyota Player of the Week: Kim In-sung

Friday, March 3, 2017
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Kuala Lumpur: Ulsan Hyundai’s Kim In-sung has picked up the Toyota Player of the Week after a superb performance in Matchday Two of the 2017 AFC Champions League in which the 2012 continental champions swept aside Brisbane Roar 6-0 in Group E on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old Korean, who has previously represented former winners Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma and reigning champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, opened the scoring early on at Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium before adding his side’s fifth midway through the second half as the hosts responded in style to their 2-0 opening-day reversal to Kashima Antlers.

Kim’s first arrived on 10 minutes when the right-sided attacking midfielder drilled home from the edge of the box after Brisbane failed to clear Mislav Orsic’s cross from the left.

After Orsic and his fellow Croatian Ivan Kovacec added the next three goals between them, Kim struck low into the bottom right corner from just inside the area on 68 minutes before he was withdrawn shortly after. Substitute Lee Jong-ho rounded off a convincing night for the Korean side in stoppage time.

The former CSKA Moscow player scored two goals from three attempts across the 73 minutes he was on the pitch, while he also had an 85% passing accuracy and created four chances for his teammates in a highly effective night’s work and tally a 9.2 rating.

Next on the list was Kim’s teammate Orsic, who netted an excellent individual goal to make the score 2-0 against Brisbane before adding the third on 34 minutes as Ulsan went into the interval with a commanding 3-0 advantage.

Orsic, who signed from Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai at the beginning of the year, was withdrawn just before the hour, having made six attempts on goal and created two chances that earned him a 9.0 rating.

The top three on the Toyota Player of the Week list all represent sides from Korea Republic, with striker Lee Chang-min from Jeju United coming in third position after bagging a brace in his team’s shock 4-1 victory at 2008 AFC Champions League winners Gamba Osaka in Group H on Wednesday.

Awarded an 8.9 rating, Lee, who had five efforts on goal over 90 minutes, fired in Jeju’s second on the stroke of half-time before the midfielder added the fourth by accurately curling into an empty net from distance after Gamba ‘keeper Masaaki Higashiguchi was caught off his line.

Also in Group H, Alex Teixeira came in at fourth position with an 8.9 rating after scoring both of Jiangsu FC’s goals in the Chinese Super League team’s 2-1 win over Adelaide United.

The Brazilian forward’s double came from four efforts on goal, while he also created four chances and posted an impressive 83.9% passing accuracy.

Completing the top five is another player who scored twice, Persepolis’s Mehdi Taremi, whose two goals in the final 10 minutes saw a 2-1 defeat turn into dramatic 3-2 victory over Al Wahda and take the Iranians to the top of Group D and earn Taremi an 8.6 rating.

Rounding off this week’s top eight are three players who were all awarded 8.1 ratings: Ulsan defender Lee Ki-jie, goalscorer Rodrigo Tabata, despite Al Rayyan’s 2-1 defeat to Al Hilal in Group D; and Tomoya Ugajin, who scored one in Urawa Red Diamonds' convincing 5-2 Group F win over FC Seoul.