Football: Takefusa Kubo scores in Sociedad’s win over Bilbao


Japanese striker Takefusa Kubo scored his third goal of Spain’s La Liga season on Saturday in Real Sociedad’s 3-1 win at home to Athletic Bilbao.

Kubo received a diagonal through ball from David Silva before dribbling past a defender to make it 2-0 in the 37th minute. However, he got carried away with his party and was booked for taking his shirt off.

He left the field with 14 minutes remaining.

“I have to make sure I can’t play so hard after getting a yellow card,” Kubo said in a statement from the club.

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Daizen Maeda (far right) scores for Celtic in a 2-0 Scottish League Cup semi-final victory over Kilmarnock in Glasgow on January 15, 2023. (TBEN)