Kagawa makes Super Lig history with debut double
Kagawa makes Super Lig history with debut double

Kagawa makes Super Lig history with debut double

Shinji Kagawa made Super Lig history on Sunday, becoming the first Japanese player to score in the Turkish top flight as Besiktas thrashed Antalyaspor.

The former Manchester United midfielder moved from Borussia Dortmund before the transfer deadline and made an immediate impact for his new club.
Kagawa started Sunday's match on the bench before coming on to replace Adem Ljajic in the 81st minute.

Kagawa, 29, came on after 81 minutes with his side leading 4-1, and cut in from the left flank to fire in a low finish after just 18 seconds before doubling his tally with a free-kick from 30 yards.


Kagawa said of the debut: “It’s a dream debut, and I’m off to a great start. In every match, my only aim will be to win. Let’s see how successful I am at delivering results. That’s really going to be all that matters.

Besiktas, third in the Turkish Super Lig, has reportedly agreed to a €1.6-million ($1.8 million) loan fee for Kagawa, with the option to make the transfer permanent in the summer. Kagawa played only two league games for Dortmund this season.

The Japan international helped Dortmund win the German league-and-cup double in 2012 and moved to United for two years before returning to the Bundesliga club in 2014.

He has fallen out of favour with Dortmund coach Lucien Favre and joined Besiktas on transfer deadline day in January.

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