Football: Maeda, Furuhashi goals give Celtic comeback win over Hearts

Japan forward Daizen Maeda scored the leveler and Kyogo Furuhashi the winner, his 20th league goal of the season, as Celtic came from behind to defeat Hearts 3-1 at home in the Scottish Premiership on Wednesday.

Hearts got the lead through Josh Ginnelly's sixth-minute header but Celtic equalized in the 25th minute when Maeda slid home Furuhashi's first-time cross from the right at Celtic Park.

Furuhashi hit the winner on the hour mark after good passes from Jota and Aaron Mooy released the forward inside the box, with the league's leading scorer calmly guiding home with his left foot.

"Daizen was in a good position for my assist and it was great he scored," Furuhashi said. "For my goal, Aaron gave me a wonderful ball and all I had to do was to finish it."

Sead Haksabanovic curled in their third six minutes from time as they moved nine points clear of arch-rivals Rangers at the top of the league table.

Maeda collided with the goalkeeper while scoring the opener and had to come off six minutes later, while Reo Hatate and Tomoki Iwata came on in the second half for Celtic.

Hearts' Japanese forward Yutaro Oda came on for Ginnelly just before the break but an injury forced the youngster off the pitch in the 65th minute.

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