Japan attacker Takefusa Kubo scored one goal and set up another in Real Sociedad's 3-0 victory away to Villarreal in Spain's La Liga football Saturday.

The visitors scored all of their goals in an 11-minute span just before halftime. Mikel Merino got the opener in the 38th minute when he met Kubo's corner kick with a header.

Real Sociedad's Takefusa Kubo (L) scores a goal during the first half of a La Liga football match away to Villarreal in Spain on Dec. 9, 2023. (Kyodo)

Kubo went on to score Real Sociedad's third goal against his former team, beating goalkeeper Filip Jorgensen in a one-on-one.

"I'm relieved to score my first goal in a while," the 22-year-old said of his sixth of the season and his first in the league since Sept. 30. "I controlled the ball well, so I just needed to stay calm and score."

Kubo is hoping to score at least 10 goals after netting nine times in the previous season.

"I'm taking my shots every week, and after that it's a matter of whether they go in or not," Kubo said. "Six goals through 16 rounds is a good pace."


Related coverage:

Football: Kawasaki edge Kashiwa in shootout to lift Emperor's Cup

Football: Australian manager Kevin Muscat to depart J-League's Marinos

Football: Urawa lose to Hanoi, eliminated in Asian Champions League