South Korean national team midfielder Hwang In-beom led Olympiacos to victory again.
Olympiacos defeated OFI Crete 2-1 in the 20th round of the Greek Superliga Elada in the 2022-23 season held at the Karaiskaki Stadium in Peiraios, Greece on the 29th at 11:00 pm (Korean time). With this victory, Olympiacos (42 points, 12 wins, 6 draws, 2 losses, 35 gains and 12 losses) was in 4th place.
Olympiacos is on an undefeated streak of 11 league matches (7 wins, 4 draws) before and after the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. However, it is still too early to be satisfied. Olympiacos regrouped to pursue 3rd place PAOK (42 points), 2nd place Panathinaikos (45 points), and 1st place AEK Athens (47 points).
Manager Jose Mitchell started the 4-2-3-1 formation. Cedric Bakambu, Pep Biel, James Rodriguez, Harry Rodriguez, Yann Mvila, and Hwang In-beom started the match with the best lineup. But it didn’t work out as intended. Olympiacos conceded the lead in the 19th minute of the first half.
The desperate Olympiacos pulled the reins. In the 40th minute of the first half, Bakambu, the club’s top scorer, took over an assist from Rodriguez and scored an equalizer. After entering the second half, the game turned over. In the 31st minute of the second half, Yousf El Arabi responded by scoring a come-from-behind goal in the first minute after being substituted. Coach Mitchell’s replacement hit the mark.
In the end, Olympiacos defeated Crete and continued their undefeated streak. Hwang In-beom also contributed by taking responsibility for the midfield. Stable pass success rate of 84%, as well as sharp long ball success rate of 78% stand out. In the 21st minute of the second half, a surprise mid-range shot hit the goalkeeper’s hand and hit the post. 안전놀이터
After the match, Olympiacos fans praised Hwang In-bum, saying, “The best midfielder in Elada in the Super Liga,” “Sign a lifetime contract with James!” and “A valuable player who helps the team every game.”
Olympiacos will go on an expedition to PAOK, just above the standings, in the 21st round of the league at dawn on February 6th. Hwang In-beom, who is likely to start, challenges the season 6 attack point.