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DAIZEN MAEDA started Japan’s 2-1 win over Germany on Wednesday afternoon. Despite not officially getting on the scoresheet, the Celtic striker netted the ball before it was flagged offside.

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It’s made the group extremely interesting, with Spain and Costa Rica to play on Wednesday evening.

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Germany took the lead in the first half, heading into the break 1-0 to the good. A strong second-half performance from the Japanese side saw them pull themselves level before finding a winner in the 83rd minute.

Maeda didn’t finish the match after he was subbed off in the 57th minute. He will be hoping that he made a big enough impression to lead the line again on Sunday, with Costa Rica the opponents for the 10 am kick-off.

It was a stunning result for Japan, grabbing three points from one of the favourites to win the tournament.

A result on Sunday could be enough to see Japan progress to the next round of the competition if other results go their way.

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