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The Kashima Antlers striker was the catalyst behind Japan's comeback against the Netherlands as he continued his blistering season

World Player of the Week
Yuya Osako
 
AGE 23
POSITION Striker
PLAYS FOR Japan
WEEK IN NUMBERS
APPS (GOALS SCORED) 1 (1)
TIME ON PITCH 72
PREVIOUS WINS 0

Japan
2-2 Netherlands

Japan looked to be dead and buried on Saturday night but a fine second half comeback, inspired by Yuya Osako, salvaged a draw and provided the platform for the striker to enhance his growing reputation.

The 23-year-old found the back of the net and also showed the creative side to his game by setting up the equaliser, making him our World Player of the Week.

Goal's Dan Orlowitz said: "The Kashima Antlers striker is tied for third in the J-League goalscoring charts with 18 strikes this season, but his biggest performance may have come on Saturday afternoon at the Cristal Arena in Genk, Belgium.

"With the Samurai Blue 2-0 down to a determined Dutch side, the 23-year-old cooly slotted in a goal moments before half-time and assisted Keisuke Honda's brilliant equaliser to earn Japan a well-deserved draw. He'll be looking to score in his sixth straight game for club or country on Tuesday night against Belgium."

Congratulations to Yuya Osako, Goal's 236th World Player of the Week winner!

The Shortlist

Alexis Sanchez - Chile

@_PaulHayward: "There will be a long line of bidders should he ever leave Barcelona."

Goal's Alec Fenn: "Has been reborn at Barcelona this term and continued his fine form with two goals at Wembley.

Victor Obinna - Nigeria

 @patty_cfc: "Fantastic free-kick by #obinna - former West Ham player."

Goal's Lolade Adewuyi: "Scored a second half free-kick to send Nigeria to Brazil with a 2-0 win over Ethiopia."

Bongani Zungu - South Africa

@MrLebitsa: "That finish from Bongani is just too nice!"

Goal's Ignat Manjoo: "Changed the complexion of the game from the bench. Made the opener and scored in style."

Konstantinos Mitroglou - Greece

@ChrisAndre6: "Mitroglou - 22 goals in 21 games in all competitions, in 94 days."

Goal's Alec Fenn: "Put Greece in control of their World Cup play-off against Romania with two goals.

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