DORTMUND, GERMANY – Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa set up three goals as Borussia Dortmund demolished Augsburg 5-1 in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Kagawa provided two for Marco Reus in the first half before assisting with another right before the end of the game for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored a hat-trick as Dortmund remained second and seven points behind leaders Bayern Munich.
“We’re having great combinations. But we could have suffered if we were playing stronger sides,” said Kagawa, who was involved in four of five goals.
The 26-year-old twisted and turned on the left flank and provided a low cross for Reus to slide home Dortmund’s second in the 21st minute, before the pair combined again 12 minutes later when Kagawa chested down a looping pass inside the box and played in the German star with an exquisite back heel to slot home the third.
Having fed the ball that led to Aubameyang’s second of the day in the 85th minute, Kagawa drew four defenders inside the box and provided a pass for the Gabon forward’s hat-trick, although his initial effort was blocked, in stoppage time for the fifth goal.
In Spain, Takashi Inui made his fifth straight start for Eibar but came off in the 79th minute as his side was defeated 3-1 away at Barcelona, courtesy of Luis Suarez’s hat-trick.
“I tried to take my man on going forward but couldn’t do anything. I felt I’m still powerless, and also the might of Barcelona,” said Inui, who played on the left of midfield.
“We can’t lose games in a row and I’ll be giving my all in training,” said Inui, whose Eibar side currently sits seventh in its second season in La Liga and eight points behind giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.
In Italy, Keisuke Honda came on for the final minutes of AC Milan’s 2-1 win over Sassuolo as it claimed its first league win in four games, while Maya Yoshida was an unused substitute in Southampton’s 1-1 draw away at Liverpool.
In the Netherlands, Den Haag’s former Japan forward Mike Havenaar headed in his seventh goal in nine games but the team drew 1-1 against Cambuur.
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