Hasebe seizes starting opportunity

Kyodo

Japan captain Makoto Hasebe set up Bas Dost for the third goal in his first appearance of the season on Saturday as Wolfsburg hammered Fortuna Dusseldorf 4-1 away to move off the foot of the Bundesliga.

Hasebe had fallen out of favor and not even made the bench prior to Saturday’s game, but he was provided with a chance to prove himself by caretaker manager Lorenz-Guenther Koestner in his first match in charge after Wolfsburg on Thursday parted company with Felix Magath.

“The team winning was a bigger deal than me getting an assist,” said Hasebe. I am glad we were able to get three points away from home.