Soccer: Kagawa Becomes Highest Japanese Scorer In Bundesliga

Soccer: Kagawa becomes highest Japanese scorer in Bundesliga

BERLIN (AP) -- Shinji Kagawa became the highest scoring Japanese player in the Bundesliga by showing a touch of class to give Borussia Dortmund a 2-1 win at Augsburg on Saturday.

Kagawa, who scored 21 league goals in his first stint at Dortmund from 2010-12 before leaving for Manchester United, has 17 in his second stint after rejoining the club in 2014.

Soccer: Kagawa Makes History With Winner For Dortmund Vs Augsburg

Soccer: Kagawa makes history with winner for Dortmund vs Augsburg

Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa became the all-time leading Japanese scorer in Bundesliga history on Saturday after hitting the winner for league-leading Dortmund in a 2-1 victory away to Augsburg.

Kagawa scored with a glorious chip to register his 38th goal in Germany's top flight, surpassing international teammate and former Mainz and Stuttgart striker Shinji Okazaki.

Soccer: Fukuta On Target As Tosu Stun Leaders Kashima

Soccer: Fukuta on target as Tosu stun leaders Kashima

J-League leaders Kashima Antlers crashed to their first defeat in six league matches on Saturday as the reigning champions went down 1-0 away to Sagan Tosu.

Kashima came into the match on a five-game winning streak but were second best throughout most of the contest and were sunk by Akito Fukuta's 80th-minute header at Best Amenity Stadium.

Soccer: Leandro Hat-trick Keys Kashima's Fight Back Vs Hapless Niigata

Soccer: Leandro hat-trick keys Kashima's fight back vs hapless Niigata

J-League leaders Kashima Antlers survived a scare from last-place Albirex Niigata thanks to Leandro's second-half hat-trick as the champions roared back to win 4-2 on Saturday.

Kashima were staring at a two-goal deficit at halftime after Douglas Tanque and Rony struck for the hosts, who began dreaming of orchestrating the league's biggest upset of the season.

Soccer: Usami Scores On Debut In Win For Dusseldorf

Soccer: Usami scores on debut in win for Dusseldorf

Japanese striker Takashi Usami scored on his debut for Fortuna Dusseldorf in a 3-2 win over Atsuto Uchida's Union Berlin in the German second division on Sunday.

Usami, who joined Dusseldorf on a one-year loan deal from first-division Augsburg last month, came off the bench in the 74th minute and equalized to make it 2-2 with six minutes left.

Soccer: Japan To Launch East Asian C'ship Campaign Vs North Korea

Soccer: Japan to launch East Asian C'ship campaign vs North Korea

Japan will host North Korea in their first game of the East Asian E-1 Championship on Dec. 9 at Ajinomoto Stadium, the Japan Football Association announced Friday.

Japan will play North Korea after South Korea face China the same day in the round-robin competition formerly known as the East Asian Cup. On Dec. 12, Vahid Halilhodzic's side take on China as the two Koreas clash.

Soccer: Gamba Will Not Extend Manager Hasegawa's Contract

Soccer: Gamba will not extend manager Hasegawa's contract

Kenta Hasegawa, who managed Gamba Osaka to Japan's domestic triple in 2014, will not receive a contract extension past this season, the J-League first-division team announced Thursday.

The 51-year-old Hasegawa came aboard in 2013 after Gamba had been relegated to the J2. Under his guidance, the club returned to the J1 after winning the 2013 second-tier championship. The following season, Gamba won the league, the league cup and the Emperors Cup.

Soccer: Japan Sorry For Australia, To Begin World Cup Preparations

Soccer: Japan sorry for Australia, to begin World Cup preparations

Japan feel sorry they could not come through for Australia against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, but the Socceroos' minimal win over Thailand did not help matters, firing up the Saudis who saw an opportunity they did not let go to qualify for their first World Cup finals since 2006.

Upon returning from Jeddah where Vahid Halilhodzic's men ended their qualifying campaign with a 1-0 defeat to the Saudis, Japan Football Association President Kozo Tashima said on Wednesday that as much as Japan would have liked to lend Australia a helping hand, Saudi Arabia were far too motivated to overcome after the Asian champions only squeezed past the Thais 2-1 at home several hours earlier.

Soccer: Japan Boss Sad But Not Sorry After Saudi Loss

Soccer: Japan boss sad but not sorry after Saudi loss

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic lamented his players' inability to wrap up their "fantastic" World Cup qualifying campaign with a flourish after a 1-0 defeat away to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday night.

But the Bosnian tactician was quick to defend his team selection in what was an ultimately meaningless match for the Blue Samurai, given they had already booked their tickets to Russia 2018 with last week's 2-0 home win over Australia.

Soccer: Saudi Arabia Beat Japan, Qualify For 1st World Cup Since '06

Soccer: Saudi Arabia beat Japan, qualify for 1st World Cup since '06

Russia-bound Japan were condemned to a 1-0 defeat away to Saudi Arabia in their final World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night, a result that saw the Gulf state pip Australia for an automatic place at next year's finals.

Substitute Fahad Al Muwallad struck the clincher midway through the second half in front of a raucous crowd of over 62,000 at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium, securing Bert van Marwijk's team second place in Group B ahead of the Socceroos on goal difference.

Soccer: Japan Boss Halilhodzic Calls For Winning Finish To World Cup Q'fying

Soccer: Japan boss Halilhodzic calls for winning finish to World Cup q'fying

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic has warned his Russia-bound Blue Samurai that he expects nothing less than victory when they play Saudi Arabia away in their last match in the final round of World Cup qualifiers.

Japan have already secured qualification for next year's finals thanks to a 2-0 win over Australia in Saitama last week, while the Saudis' hopes of advancing still rest on Tuesday's match at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah.