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Shinji Kagawa’s 38th goal sets Bundesliga record for highest-scoring Japanese player

The former Manchester United attacking midfielder is one ahead of Shinji Okazaki, who played for Stuttgart and Mainz

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 01 October, 2017, 12:48pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 01 October, 2017, 12:48pm

Shinji Kagawa became the highest-scoring Japanese player in the Bundesliga by showing a touch of class to give Borussia Dortmund a 2-1 win at Augsburg on Saturday.

Kagawa, who scored 21 league goals in his first stint at Dortmund from 2010-12 before leaving for Manchester United, has 17 in his second stint after rejoining the club in 2014.

Kagawa’s 38 goals put the former Cerezo Osaka midfielder one ahead of Shinji Okazaki, who played for Stuttgart and Mainz before leaving for English Premier League side Leicester in 2015.

Also, 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt beat Stuttgart 2-1, and promoted Hannover lost for the first time this season, to Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1. Strugglers Hamburger SV and Werder Bremen later played out a scoreless draw in the Northern Derby.

Andrey Yarmolenko got Dortmund off to a flying start by scoring with his heel in a goalmouth scramble. It was the Ukraine forward’s first Bundesliga goal since his arrival from Dinamo Kiev.

Brazilian defender Caiuby equalised shortly afterwards with a header to Philipp Max’s cross.

It was only the second goal Dortmund conceded in seven games, while racking up 20 at the other end.

Kagawa made it 2-1 with a brilliant chip over the goalkeeper midway through the half as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Yarmolenko took advantage of poor defending.

Augsburg pushed hard for an equaliser and had Dortmund pinned in the second half.

Aubameyang missed a chance to seal it from the penalty spot. Marwin Hitz caught the ball easily from his attempted “Panenka” chip down the middle.

“A hugely important win,” Dortmund ‘keeper Roman Buerki said. “These are exactly the sort of games you have to win if you want to get something.”

Dortmund lead with 19 points after seven rounds following their best start to the league.

“That was the worst game today since I’m here as coach,” said Peter Bosz, whose side lost at home to Real Madrid 3-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday.