Soccer: Mitoma sets up goal in away win for Saint-Gilloise

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Winger Kaoru Mitoma, one of Japan's most exiting young players, came off the bench and immediately set up a goal as Royale Union Saint-Gilloise claimed a 3-0 away win at Cercle Brugge on Saturday to sit atop the Belgian top-flight.

The 24-year-old, who was named one of the J-League's top players last year, is on loan from Brighton. He came on in the 83rd minute and provided an assist just a minute later, drawing defenders away with a trademark dribble down the left before laying the ball off to Loic Andre Terry Lapoussin for their third goal.

Forward Taichi Hara scored his first goal for Belgian club Sint-Truiden in their 1-1 home draw against Oostende.

The 22-year-old, on loan from Spanish side Alaves, rolled home the rebound in the 52nd minute after his striking partner and compatriot Yuma Suzuki had his effort saved.