Gerso, 32, Incheon United, turned Spanish giants Atletico Madrid upside down, and he was the standout on the pitch.
Team K-League came from behind to win the 2023 Coupang Play Series friendly against Atletico 3-2 at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on Nov. 27. After conceding a goal just 12 minutes into the match, Team K League equalized five minutes into the second half with a goal from Anton. Despite conceding another goal in the 40th minute, they scored two goals in the remaining time to secure the win.
Gerso was the star of the show. Atletico came out firing in the first half, but Team K-League goalkeeper Lee Chang-geun was able to keep them to just one goal. If Lee was the star of the first 45 minutes against a world-class team, it was Gerso who stole the show in the second half.
He came on in the second half and showed off his dribbling ability to the fullest. Dubbed the “best crack in the K League,” he showed that his dribbling was just as effective against Atletico. In the 44th minute, he dribbled to draw a foul and earned a penalty kick. He also assisted Lee Soon-min’s goal in stoppage time to make it 2-2.
“There were a lot of fans, so I was able to have fun,” he laughed in the post-match mixer. The event match in the middle of the league can be a bit exhausting, but “it helps to have a couple days off afterwards. The schedule is much better this year (than last year).”
It was a game that proved that Gerso’s dribbling can work in Spain. 꽁머니사이트 “I’ll have to try (the Spanish stage) to find out, but it’s a big stage, even in the K League,” he said proudly.
In fact, it was a perfect score. “I want people to give me 10 points,” he said, “I didn’t have that idea (of doing something) before I went on (the pitch) in the second half, but I was confident. I had a few days off before the game, so I was able to do well.”
Jerso will now return to Incheon. “I think (my teammates) will say I did well. If I give the team K League jersey to the club, I hope the club will give it to the fans.”
Gerso, who joined Jeju United in February 2021, was the highest-paid player in the K League last year (1.7 billion won). He switched to Incheon this season to showcase his crack side.