Soccer: Doan nets 7th league goal as PSV stay in title hunt

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Japan midfielder Ritsu Doan scored his seventh goal of the Dutch Eredivisie season Sunday as PSV Eindhoven beat Willem II 4-2 to stay in the race for the title.

Doan tucked in a Philipp Max cross from the left two minutes into the game at Philips Stadion, taking his season's tally to 10 goals in all competitions.

"It feels very good to win the game and to score the goal," said Doan, as PSV remain second, four points behind leaders Ajax.

Daizen Maeda set up a goal as Celtic played out a 1-1 draw with Rangers in the Old Firm derby to move within a touching distance of their first Scottish Premiership title in two seasons.

The Japanese trio of Maeda, Kyogo Furuhashi and Reo Hatate all started for Celtic, who got ahead in the 21st minute when Maeda turned inside the box and sent a cross from the left to be volleyed home by Jota.

Maeda had a chance to score himself when a Hatate pass fell to him inside the area in the 55th minute but he blazed over the bar. Furuhashi and Hatate were replaced in the 61st minute before Rangers leveled through a fine low strike from Fashion Sakala six minutes later.

Saves from keeper Joe Hart and the woodwork denied the visitors a winner at Celtic Park, leaving the home side on the brink of the title as they stay six points clear of their Glasgow rivals with three games to go.

In England, Takehiro Tomiyasu made his first start since a League Cup tie in January as Arsenal won 2-1 away to West Ham to stay in pole position for the fourth spot needed to qualify for the next season's Champions League.

"Honestly speaking, the performance wasn't something I could be satisfied with," said the 23-year-old, who played at right-back and came off with a cramp in the 77th minute at London Stadium. "I'll be doing everything I can in the remaining four games."

In Spain, Takefusa Kubo came off the bench on the hour-mark but Mallorca lost 2-1 away to Barcelona as they continue to battle for survival.

On loan from Barcelona's fierce rivals Real Madrid, Kubo received some boos from the home crowd as he entered the Camp Nou pitch despite previously playing for their youth side. Mallorca are just a point above the relegation zone in 16th.