Celtic striker Daizen Maeda had chances to score for Japan against Germany but Ian Wright felt he was just too eager to impress.

Japan pulled off one of the shocks of the World Cup by beating Germany 2-1.

Ilkay Gündoğan’s first-half penalty had Germany on their way to a victory but they couldn’t kill off the game.

Germany were made to pay as Ritsu Doan levelled it up before Takuma Asano stunned Hansi Flick’s side with a late winner.

Spain’s hammering of Costa Rica leaves Germany in major trouble – but for Japan, it’s pure elation.

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Celtic striker Daizen Maeda ‘too eager’ against Germany

Celtic fans were left baffled when Japan named their squad for the World Cup.

Kyogo Furuhashi and Reo Hatate – two vital players in the Celtic side – weren’t even named in the squad travelling to Qatar.

Daizen Maeda was included though, despite Celtic fans being a little more divided on him.

Quick and a fantastic presser yet hardly clinical and often lacking precision with his end product, Maeda generates mixed opinions.

Still, Japan boss Hajime Moriyasu seems to love Maeda and started with him up front against Germany.

Maeda did have the ball in the net in the first half as he converted Junya Ito’s cross only to be flagged offside.

Maeda was eventually substituted for match-winner Asano and may now be in a battle to start against Costa Rica.

Pundit and former Celtic striker Ian Wright wasn’t impressed, telling ITV that he couldn’t believe how eager Maeda was to get into the box to score.

Wright believes Maeda’s poor goalscoring form meant he was just too eager to get in and find the net, urging him to hold his run in those situations.

“I cannot believe the striker has been so eager to get in,” said Wright. “He’s got one goal in eight for the national side and he’s so eager to score this goal. He doesn’t need to go that quickly, just hold the run! The ball is so good that he would have got it,” he added.

Maeda certainly played his part in a memorable Japan win but with a little more patience, it could have been an even better day for him.

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