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Japan striker Naohiro Takahara scored the only goal of the game as Hamburg SV labored to a 1-0 win away to amateur side Dynamo Dresden in the first round of the German Cup on Monday.

Bundesliga club Hamburg rode its luck for long periods of the match and had to wait until the 81st minute to break the deadlock as Takahara embarked on weaving run before firing his side into the second round.

Kawaguchi out

LONDON (Kyodo) Former Japan goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi has been transferred from Portsmouth in England’s Premier League to Denmark’s FC Nordsjaelland, soccer sources said on Tuesday.

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