DORTMUND, GERMANY – Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa marked his 100th Bundesliga appearance with a goal to help Borussia Dortmund turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 win over Werder Bremen on Saturday.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring for Dortmund with a lovely chip after 53 minutes, only for struggling Bremen to draw level through Alejandro Galvez’s deflected shot and then take the lead as Zlatko Junuzovic steered home from close range with 16 minutes left.
Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel responded by throwing on Kagawa, Adrian Ramos and Christian Pulisic and the move paid rich dividends as Kagawa and Ramos both hit the target.
Kagawa, who was on target twice in Japan’s 5-0 World Cup qualifying win over Syria on Tuesday, drilled home a cross from the left from Marcel Schmelzer in the 77th minute for his sixth goal of the season.
“I finished off by delivering a result with the national team and I knew I had to keep the momentum going. This was such an important match for us,” said Kagawa.
“I was really mindful of the fact that I had to stay on a roll and that led to this result. It was a great ball in (for the goal) and I knew I had to hit it well.”
Ramos wrapped up victory with eight minutes left, connecting with Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s cross to steer home a low header.
Meanwhile, Keisuke Honda was left out of AC Milan’s squad to face Atalanta in Serie A on Sunday.
Honda bruised his right leg in Japan’s win over Syria and trained separately from his Milan teammates on Friday.
Spurs drop points
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On a day Arsenal, Manchester City, and Chelsea swept to 4-0 victories in the English Premier League, Leicester was the biggest winner of them all.
Leicester, the unlikely league leader, wasn’t set to play until Sunday but was given a boost in its remarkable title challenge when second-place Tottenham was held at Liverpool to 1-1.
Leicester can move seven points clear with six games left by beating Southampton at home.
“We need to believe. Leicester deserve to be in the place they are but in football anything can happen,” said Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, who will be hoping for a favor by Southampton — his former team — at King Power Stadium.
Harry Kane’s 63rd-minute equalizer earned Spurs a point and moved him onto 22 league goals for the season — something never previously achieved in the league by a Tottenham player.
Twenty-seven goals were scored over eight games, on a day England’s major powers flexed their muscles.
Alexis Sanchez and Alex Iwobi assisted each other for first-half goals to set Arsenal on its way to a victory against Watford that cemented third place. Hector Bellerin and Theo Walcott grabbed the other goals.
Iwobi took most of the plaudits, with the 19-year-old Nigerian scoring for the second straight game and proving why he is being selected ahead of Walcott.
“I am pleased with Alex Iwobi’s talent,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said, “but even more with his attitude and his willingness to learn.”
Man City has struggled away from home this season but was a comfortable winner at Bournemouth, with Kevin De Bruyne scoring on his return to the team after a two-month injury layoff, and Sergio Aguero heading in his 22nd goal of the season. City was 3-0 up after 19 minutes, and Aleksandr Kolarov added a late fourth.
Fourth-place City moved three points ahead of West Ham, which drew with Crystal Palace 2-2 after conceding a 75th-minute equalizer soon after going down to 10 men following Cheikhou Kouyate’s sending-off. Dwight Gayle, the player fouled by Kouyate, grabbed the equalizer at Upton Park.
“It is simply never a red card. For me personally it is not even a yellow card,” West Ham manager Slaven Bilic. “In England, maybe it’s not even a foul — a 50/50 challenge.”
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