BERLIN – Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa scored his first competitive goal of the season and also set up the winner as Borussia Dortmund pulled off an extraordinary comeback to beat Norway’s Odd 4-3 away in the first leg of their Europa League playoff qualifier on Thursday.
Jone Samuelsen gave Odd the lead after less than a minute and after Kagawa hit the crossbar with a rasping effort, Fredrik Nordkvelle made it 2-0 before Espen Ruud crashed in the third on 22 minutes.
But Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang prodded home to start the comeback on 34 minutes. Kagawa then volleyed Marcel Schmelzer’s cross into the bottom left-corner two minutes into the second half before a sensational second from Aubameyang made it 3-3.
Dortmund hit the woodwork yet again before Kagawa’s cross found Henrikh Mkhitaryan to head home and complete the turnaround.
Elsewhere, Maya Yoshida put in a full shift as Southampton drew 1-1 at home to Denmark’s Midtjylland and Yuya Kubo played until the 85th minute of Young Boys’ 1-0 defeat at home to Qarabag of Azerbaijan.
Takumi Minamino was substituted in the 74th minute of Salzburg’s 2-0 defeat away to Belarusian club Dinamo Minsk, while Atomu Tanaka lasted just 23 minutes before being taken off in HJK Helsinki’s thumping 5-1 defeat away to Russia’s Krasnodar.
The second leg will of the qualifiers will be played on Aug. 27.
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