Football: Celtic’s Maeda sets up winner, Morita scores for Sporting


Japan forward Daizen Maeda set up Jota’s 42nd-minute winner as Celtic held off Rangers 1-0 in the Scottish Cup semifinals on Sunday, while Hidemasa Morita scored for Sporting Lisbon in Portugal.

Maeda picked up a loose ball inside the box as the Rangers defenders expected the referee to whistle a foul outside the area. But the call never came and Maeda immediately floated in a cross from the right, leaving Jota with the simple job of nodding home at Hampden Park.

“It’s great as I thought it wouldn’t have meant anything if we didn’t win,” Maeda said after the victory.

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