Kubo on form

In Japan, the league may be on hiatus but one of the countries hottest stars Takefusa Kubo continues to raise his stock as he looks to keep his side in La Liga. The youngster's promise was once again on show this weekend also as he helped his side Real Mallorca to a 2-1 win over relegation rivals Eibar.

Kubo on form 

The victory for Real Mallorca at the Estadio Municipal lifted the side to within a point of leaving the relegation zone. The win came as Dani Rodríguez and Takefusa Kubo helped their side to a two-goal lead only for Bigas to get a late consolation for the home team.

It is not quite all or nothing time but had the island side failed to win over the weekend the relegation battle would have become even tougher. This was the sides first away win since April 2019 too when they won at Málaga.

Now then with just 11 matches left in the league, it is still all to play for and Kubo could still help his side stay clear of relegation before returning to the lofty heights of parent side Real Madrid.

As for the Japan midfielder himself, he is more than helping his side and that was seen with his 78th-minute winner on Saturday. The goal came as the player picked up the ball on the edge of the area, shifted it onto his right foot and stroked a strike in off the post for his third goal of the season.

The young Japan international was then substituted for the experienced Korean as Ki Sung-Yeung made a cameo appearance in his debut for his new team.

Next up for Kubo's side is a nice easy one as they host top of the table Barcelona next Saturday.

Wu Lei looks down 

Elsewhere it was not much fun for the other East Asian players in Spain as Wu Lei's Espanyol side lost 1-0 to Osasuna. The China international managed just the first half in this match too as his side are now six points adrift in the relegation battle.

As the weeks past the chances of Espanyol saving themselves from relegation look slimmer. The issues at the back are a big problem as the sides conceded 46 goals in 27 matches which is the worse in the league. 

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