Kagawa marks his BVB return in some style

Sport360 staff 08:33 14/09/2014
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Happy homecoming: Shinji Kagawa (c).

Shinji Kagawa made a dream return to Dortmund, scoring on his second debut for the club in a 3-1 win over Freiburg.

The Japan international, who went the entire 2013/14 campaign without scoring once, needed just 40 minutes of his first game back in yellow and black to score his first goal on his return to the Bundes­liga.

Seven minutes earlier, he had played a hand in Adrian Ramos putting Dortmund in front while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang add­ed a third.

Oliver Sorg grabbed a consola­tion at the death for Freiburg, who remain without a win this season.

Kagawa looked like he had never been away as he sent a low ball into the path of Kevin Grosskreutz, who needed only one touch to place the ball on a plate for Ramos to lift into the roof of the net at the near post.

It was the same trio who com­bined for Dortmund’s second, and Kagawa’s first back at the club.

Grosskreutz this time sent Ram­os clear down the right and his ball across the face of goal was missed by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but invit­ing for Kagawa to place first time into the bottom left-hand corner.

The Japan midfielder was given a standing ovation when he left the field in the 64th minute, to be replaced by Italy’s Ciro Immobile.

The Italian sub then laid on the third for Aubameyang.

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