Hirayama, Matsui on target


Japanese striker Sota Hirayama scored his seventh goal of the season in the Dutch top division to help Heracles Almelo to a 2-1 win at RBC Roosendaal on Saturday.

News photoSota Hirayama of Heracles Almelo controlls the ball during a Dutch league match against RBC Roosendaal.

Japanese international Daisuke Matsui, meanwhile, struck twice in the first half in Le Mans’ 3-1 win away to Troyes in the French first division, increasing his season goal tally to three.

Hirayama scored the opening goal after 25 minutes when he headed home a cross from the right into the bottom corner before Mika Nurmela gave the visitors a two-goal advantage at halftime on their way to a comfortable win.

In France, Matsui put the visitors ahead on the half-hour mark following a goalmouth scramble and made it 2-0 in the 35th minute with a volley as Le Mans went on to collect an emphatic win in a battle between the newly promoted teams.