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Hwang Hee-chan absent, but Wolves target Kang-in Lee impressed for South Korea against Ghana

South Korea fell to a 3-2 defeat to Ghana yesterday at the World Cup, but there was an impressive showing from Wolves transfer target Kang-in Lee.

The game at the Education City Stadium was a real thriller, with both sides really trying to get three points after failing to do so in their opening games.

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Ghana went in at half-time 2-0 up thanks to goals from Mohammed Salisu and Mohammed Kudus.

But in the second-half, Korea got back on level terms with striker Cho Gue-sung hitting a brace.

But Kudus then came in clutch for the Black Stars, scoring with a controlled finish to break Korean hearts.

It will be tough now for the Asian nation to reach the knockout stages. They take on Portugal in their final game.

Some Wolves fans will have been hoping to see a bit of Hwang Hee-chan. But the winger was ruled out leading up to the game due to a hamstring injury.

But Kang-in Lee – who was linked with Wolves again last week – did feature for Korea, and gave a great account of himself.

He actually started on the bench today, but rather changed the game when he game on.

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Lee ended up completed 22/23 passes for a rate of 96%, and also created one big chance in the game. His cameo lasted just over half an hour.

The Koreans looked much more threatening once he was on the field.

It was he that put in the delicious cross for Cho to score his first goal and help the team get back into the contest.

ESPN UK’s editor David Cartlidge described his cameo as ‘phenomenal’.

Without doubt, he should be starting for Korea against Portugal if they are to have a chance of upsetting the odds.

Kang-in Lee looks a very tidy player and could be a good Joao Moutinho replacement at Wolves

Lee wasn’t on the field for too long against Ghana, but he made a brilliant impact off the bench.

He has been having a good season over in La Liga with Mallorca, and appears to be the kind of technical player Wolves will really need when Joao Moutinho departs.

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Moutinho is 36 now and the feeling for many is that this could be his last season at Molineux. He has shown signs this season that his age is catching up with him, and the club may not hand him another extension next year.

Lee is a clever player who can operate in those positions Moutinho does in midfield, but he can also play out wide.

Any approach by Wolves for him in January should be welcomed.