• Kyodo


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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