Midfielder Hong Hyun-seok, who missed the national team call-up due to stress fracture symptoms, found the back of the net for the first time in three games after returning from injury.
Gent thrashed Molenbeek 4-0 at home on Tuesday (Sept. 10) in the 17th round of the 2023-2024 Belgian Eredivisie at the Gelamco Arena in Ghent, Belgium.
Starting in the second line of a 3-4-1-2 formation, Hong played around 77 minutes before being substituted for Omri Gandelman in the 32nd minute of the second half.
Hong also scored the team’s second goal in first-half stoppage time.
A cross from Matisse Samuaz was met by Hugo Kuipers with a header that was saved by the goalkeeper, and Hong was able to slide the rebound into the back of the net to rattle the net.
It was Hong’s third league goal of the season (2 assists).
It was Hong’s third goal in three games since returning from injury.
After returning to the squad after a stress fracture was discovered on March 16 during the national team call-up, he rehabilitated and played against Anderlecht on March 3 in the league round of 16 and against Sint-Truiden in the Belgian Cup round of 16 on March 7.
According to soccer statistics website Fúscore.com, Hong has a rating of 8.16, while Footmob gives him a rating of 8.4.
On the day, Gent took the lead in the 33rd minute with a goal from Kuipers, and Hong made it 2-0 at halftime.
In the 43rd minute, Tariq Tisudali, who drove the ball forward on his own, scored the third goal, and just before the end of the match, Yulin Aryl Dersart converted a penalty kick to complete the four-goal victory.
Gent moved up to third place with 32 points from eight wins, eight draws and one loss. 토토