Kubo Takefusa (23, Real Sociedad), the ‘best friend of Lee Kang-in’, is in peak form.

Real Sociedad defeated host Mallorca 2-1 on Monday in Mallorca, Spain, in the 25th round of the 2023-24 Primera Liga.

Gubo, who started up front for Sociedad, scored the equalizer in the 38th minute. Mikel Merino scored the winner in second-half stoppage time to secure the victory. It was Gubo’s seventh goal of the league.

Mallorca head coach Javier Aguirre was unusually complimentary of Gubo: “He’s very good. He’s at his best since coming to Spain. He has great potential for the future,” he said.

Japanese soccer publication Soccer Digest said, “Kubo’s goal was amazing. It was a beautiful play. Kubo was also voted MOM in Spain. The goal signaled the return of the team’s most destructive player.”

Gubo played on loan at Mallorca in the 21-22 season. 스포츠토토 At the time, he played on the same team as Korea’s top prospect Lee Kang-in. Gubo moved to Real Sociedad in 2022, where he has been playing ever since. Aguirre arrived at Mallorca in 2022 and never coached Gubo.

For both Gubo and Lee, it was a black mark in their history that they would rather forget. “It’s Sociedad that pays my salary,” Gubo said ahead of the Asian Cup. I am forced to go to the national team even if I don’t want to,” which caused a huge stir.

“See you in the Asian Cup final,” Gubo told Lee Kang-in. However, the Asian Cup didn’t go well for Kubo. Japan was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

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