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Kubo, 'best friend' Lee Kang-in' was stimulated by the news of multiple goals, saying, "Really two goals? I'm not a goaltender type...I'll work hard, too." 아시안컵

Takefusa Kubo (22), a Japanese national team striker, was stimulated by his best friend Lee Kang-in (22).아시안컵

"Kubo was surprised and stimulated by Lee Kang-in's multi-goal," Japanese soccer team "Kekisaka" reported on the 19th.

Lee Kang-in led South Korea to a 3-1 victory by scoring multiple goals in the Group E match of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup against Bahrain held in Doha, Qatar, on the 15th. 강남풀싸롱


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Kubo is in the midst of preparing for the second group match of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup against Iraq. According to "Gekisaka," when he asked Japanese reporters and Kubo for comment on Lee Kang-in's multiple goals after the team's training, he said, "I can't talk about it in detail because I haven't seen the goal scene yet."

"Lee Kang-in is not a goaltender, but there is a surprise that he scored two goals." He said, "I feel similar to my Japanese national team teammate's performance in Europe when a close player plays in the Asian Cup. That's why I think I should work hard."


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Kubo and Lee Kang-in grew up together in La Liga, Spain, and developed a friendship. In the 2021-2022 season, they played together in Mallorca and got closer. In an interview with Japanese media before the Asian Cup, Kubo said, "I hope to meet Lee Kang-in in the final," and selected Lee Kang-in as the most anticipated player in Korea. Lee Kang-in also responded to this. "Gubo chose me, so I'll draw the Gubo as well. He's such a good player. He has many abilities. He is one of the players who will become the best player in the world based on his experience playing together."

Meanwhile, Japan will have its second Group D match against Iraq at the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup at the Education City Stadium in Al-Ryan, Qatar, at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Korea time). In the first match, Japan beat Vietnam 4-2, and Iraq beat Indonesia 3-1. As the match is between the two teams, fierce competition is expected. 강남룸싸롱

"I expect Iraq to play through height and counterattack. It will be different from the Vietnam game. Our team should also respond flexibly," Kubo said.




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At this year's event, Kubo has recorded one assist. In the first Group D match against Vietnam on Friday, Kubo was deployed at the end of the game and showed off his performance by helping Ueda to score in just one minute.

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