Asians Abroad: Kagawa starred in United's loss against Spurs while Holman shines in Villa's draw with West Brom

Shinji Kagawa started and scored as Manchester United lost 2-3 at home to Tottenham while Brett Holman went close to scoring in Villa's draw against West Brom

By Christian Rizzitelli, Dan Orlowitz & Kenji McCulley


Ki Sung-Yeung shined again for Swansea City but was unable to prevent their third defeat in a row as Michael Laudrup's men crashed to 2-0 loss against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. Ki

was busy in midfield and showed a solid partnership alongside Leon Britton but the Swans failed again to score and now sit in 11th place of the Premier League table.



Shinji Kagawa started and scored as Manchester United lost 2-1 at home to Tottenham. It was the first time in 23 years that United lost to Spurs at Old Trafford. Kagawa was largely anonymous in the first half as United seemed oddly uninterested and fell behind 2-0. However, in the second half Kagawa was instrumental as United dominated play and had Spurs on the ropes. He scored an excellent goal, taking a pass from van Persie and turning deftly away from Kyle Walker before finishing with his left. He was substituted in the 79th minute for Danny Welbeck as United searched for an equalizer.


Takashi Inui was at it again as Eintracht kept up their remarkable start to the season, beating SC Freiburg 2-1 at home. While he was kept off the scoresheet for a change, notably being denied a one-on-one opportunity by Oliver Baumann, he caused Freiburg’s right side all sorts of problems. He also had a goal chalked off for offside. He was taken off in the 85th for defender Stefan Celozzi as Eintracht looked to secure the win.


Gotoku Sakai played the entire game at rightback as Vfb Stuttgart finally collected their first win of the season, 2-0 away to Nurnberg. It was their second cleansheet of the season. Shinji Okazaki sat out due to a toe injury and is expected to miss the next two games as well. Nurnberg were the better side for large parts of the game, and Hiroshi Kiyotake was excellent yet again.


Yuto Nagatomo played the entire game at right wing as Inter beat Fiorentina 2-1, earning their first win at the San Siro this season. He had the freedom of the pitch in a wildly open game. Gonzalo Rodriguez was sent off in the 62nd minute for a foul on him.



Eli Babalj made his Serbian Superliga's debut with a goal in Red Star's 3-1 home win over FK Smederevo. The former Melbourne Heart striker came off the bench on 84 minutes and just four minutes later made no mistake with a composed right-footed strike from close-range.


Brett Holman continued his great form with Aston Villa with another excellent performance in their 1-1 draw against city rivals West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. The Australia international was one of the best for his side during the game and went close to scoring twice in the first-half, but was denied by West Brom's keeper Ben Foster with two brilliant saves.


Nick Carle showed a stellar display in midfield as Baniyas prevailed 2-0 over Al-Ittihad Kalba. The 30-year-old, currently on loan from Sydney FC, was involved in the first goal as his deflected ball into the penalty box was captured by Ismail Balmaalem who put the home side ahead. Carle then set up his team-mate Andre Senghor for the ultimate goal of the game with a magnificent throughball in the 23rd minute.


Uncapped striker Richard Porta was the trump card for Dubai Club as he scored a second-half brace in their 3-2 away win over Al-Shaab Sharjah in the UAE Pro League. Porta first headed home on 51 minutes capitalizing on a Simon Feindouno's cross from the left and then sealed the victory for the visitors with a late strike inside the box.


 On-loan Filipino goalkeeper Neil Etheridge made some superb saves in Bristol Rovers' 2-1 away win over Exceter City. The 22-year-old preserved his side's first win of the season with a classy performance particularly in the first-half, where he won a one-on-one with Exeter's striker Jamie Cureton and diverted beautifully a venomous John O'Flynn's header.


Indonesian right-back Alfin Tuasalamony played again 90 minutes for CS Visé in their 5-1 trashing of KSV Roeselare in Belgium Second Division. The 19-year-old, who is a regular at his club this season, has been recently targeted by Portuguese giants Benfica after some first-rate performances, as revealed by a team's scout.