The weekend was momentous for the two Samurai Blue stars, both of whom scored goals days before they are expected to be called up for Japan's World Cup qualifiers in JuneWith the season in Europe wrapping up‚ the big star was once again Shinji Kagawa as he scored the first goal in Borussia Dortmund's 5-2 win over Bayern Munich to win the DFB-Pokal. Kagawa also assisted in team-mate Robert Lewandowski's first goal on the way to the team's capture of the double.
The 23-year-old certainly impressed Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson‚ who was in the stands to observe the match.
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What else can be said about the 23-year-old after another fantastic performance? Dortmund fans will be sad to see him go, but it's clear that Kagawa is ready for the Premier League.
But Rubin Kazan came back with three goals in the second half‚ pushing CSKA down to third place with the 3-1 result and ensuring that the Moscow club will spend next year in the Europa League rather than the Champions League.
Honda is expected to return to Japan soon in order to participate in the Samurai Blue's May 23 friendly against Azerbaijan.
Yuto Nagatomo (Inter): Played a full 90 minutes in his team's 3-1 loss away to Lazio.
Takayuki Morimoto (Novara): Left off roster as his team was beaten 2-1 away to Milan.
Takashi Usami (Bayern Munich): Didn't feature in the 5-2 loss at Borussia Dortmund.
Ryo Miyaichi (Bolton): Watched 2-2 draw at Stoke City from the bench. The result sees the Wanderers relegated to the Championship.
Maya Yoshida (VVV Venlo): Played a full 90 minutes for his club's 4-3 home win over Cambuur.
Cullen Robert (VVV Venlo): Didn't feature in matchday squad for 4-3 home win against Cambuur.
Michihiro Yasuda (Vitesse): Entered from the bench in the 72nd minute for his club's 2-0 home win over NEC.
Mike Havenaar (Vitesse): Remained on the bench during 2-0 home win over NEC.
Daisuke Matsui (Dijon): Didn't make the squad for his club's 1-1 draw against Toulouse.