• Kyodo


Shinji Kagawa scored his first Budesliga goal of the season in Borussia Dortmund’s 4-0 win at Ingolstadt 04 on Sunday.

Following up on his goal in the Europa League playoff on Thursday, Kagawa found the net with six minutes remaining to give Dortmund a 3-0 lead before calling it an afternoon two minutes later.

Dortmund sits on top of the table with the maximum points from two games, and Kagawa is happy with the way the club has started the campaign under new manager Thomas Tuchel.

“We’re starting to come together as a team,” Kagawa said. “We have a lot of individual quality up front, and we’ve got some momentum behind us.”

The goal comes at the right time for the Japan midfielder with national coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Thursday set to name his 23 for the World Cup qualifiers at home to Cambodia and away to Afghanistan on Sept. 3 and 8, respectively.

“I thought it was a nice goal. I’m really pleased about it,” Kagawa said. “I had the ball where I wanted it and knew exactly where my man was as I shot. It was just the way I visualized it.

“I really need to keep this up.”

Also in the Bundesliga, Yoshinori Muto made his first start for Mainz, coming off in injury time in a 2-1 away win over Borussia Monchengladbach.

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