Japan international Yuya Osako pulled the strings as Cologne clinched their place in next season's UEFA Europa League group stage with victory over Mainz on Saturday.

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The 27-year-old ran the Mainz defence ragged all afternoon at the RheinEnergieSTADION, chipping in with an assist for Jonas Hector's opening goal, before rubber-stamping the Billy Goats' long-overdue return to major continental competition with a fine effort of his own.

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Top facts - Yuya Osako

  • Osako provided a goal and an assist in the same Bundesliga game for the third time this season.
  • The Japan international registered a career-best Bundesliga return of six goals and seven assists in 30 appearances in 2016/17.
  • The former 1860 Munich forward can look forward to his first ever taste of European football next term.

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