The Stuttgart attacker had another productive outing with countryman Gotoku Sakai, while Shinji Kagawa returned to action for Dortmund after a brief injury scare last weekIn Germany‚ VfB Stuttgart's Shinji Okazaki made it three in as many games when he slid into a cross by Martin Harnik in the 21st minute of the rather flattering 4-1 home win against bottom side SC Freiburg on Saturday afternoon.
The former S-Pulse man who had a fairly good game on the Swabians' left side was as always engaged to defensive duties but took his chance and has now seven league goals to his name this season.
Gotoku Sakai, 20, also started for Stuttgart and put on a solid performance‚ crowned by providing the assist for his side's opening goal.
Stuttgart's boss Bruno Labbadia will have something to think about as the Japanese-German youngster's recent outings would justify claims for a starting spot.
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Okazaki notched three goals in February, all of which have come when Gotoku Sakai joined him on the pitch
The Bundesliga matchday was concluded on Sunday evening by a convincing Dortmund side sending home Hannover with a 3-1 win. Despite not being involved in the goals Shinji Kagawa had a fine game until taken off in the 87th minute‚ creating numerous chances with defence-splitting passes for the champions‚ most notably when he sent the ball through into the run of Jakub Blaszczykowski shortly before the break.
The 22-year old didn't look like he missed match action due to his minor injury the other week as he looked sharp throughout the game.
Kagawa only narrowly missed out on assists as the referee somewhat controversially didn't award the attacker a penalty when he seemed to have been fouled in the area in the second half.
The league's leaders are now unbeaten in 17 games and have recorded seven straight league wins.
After being handed his first Premier League start‚ Bolton's Ryo Miyaichi made the most of it despite an overwhelming display by Chelsea resulting in a 3-0 loss.
The teenager's runs down the left side were some of the few attacking chances that the Wanderers had all game‚ and he would go on to play the full 90 minutes in his last match before joining the Japan national team for his first call-up.
In the Championship‚ Tadanari Lee had another fulfilling match in Southampton's 3-0 win at Watford. Lee drew a penalty in the box that allowed Rickie Lambert to complete his hat-trick and put in a full 90 minutes.
In a rare display of scoring prowess‚ VVV Venlo's Robert Cullen came off the bench in the 75th minute to score his second goal of the season in his team's 3-1 win against a woeful Heracles.
Cullen was left completely unmarked as the game headed into additional time and gently tapped in the pass from Yannick Wildschut to ensure his team would take the full three points.
Yuto Nagatomo (Inter): Played a full 90 minutes in the 1-0 loss at Napoli. Was the first of five Inter players to see a caution in a tempestuous affair‚ but managed to play the full game and served up some fine chances that unfortunately went unused.
Takayuki Morimoto (Novara): Left off roster for 3-1 loss at Catania.
Yuki Otsu (Borussia Monchengladbach): Entered from the bench in the 79th minute in the 1-1 home draw to Hamburg. It was the former Reysol youngster's third league match for the high-flying Foals but he didn't have too many touches.
Makoto Hasebe (Wolfsburg): Was not selected in the Wolves' 2-1 home loss against Hoffenheim. Wolves boss Magath dropped a number of players from the matchday squad including the 28-year-old as well as the team's most prolific player Mario Mandzukic.
Atsuto Uchida (Schalke): Came on in the 84th minute for his club's 2-0 loss away to Bayern. The right-back came on for an injured team-mate with the Knappen already two goals behind‚ and performed solidly for the time remaining.
Takashi Usami (Bayern Munich): Not included as Bayern Munich defeated Schalke 2-0 at home.
Hajime Hosogai (Augsburg): Full appearance in Augsburg's 3-0 home win over Hertha Berlin. The defensive midfielder was not involved in the goals but once more proved his importance for the team with his work rate and an amazing passing accuracy.
Takashi Inui (Bochum): Played a full 90 minutes in Bochum's 6-2 loss at Greuther Furth. The 23-year-old playmaker started brightly‚ scoring the opener - his sixth goal - early in the game‚ but like his team-mates had an afternoon to forget otherwise.
Maya Yoshida (VVV Venlo): Played a full 90 minutes in the 3-1 home win against Heracles. Was shown a caution‚ his third of the season‚ in the 67th minute.
Michihiro Yasuda (Vitesse): Played a full game in Vitesse's 1-0 loss away to RKC.
Mike Havenaar (Vitesse): Entered from the bench in the 66th minute in his club's 1-0 loss at RKC.
Yoshiaki Takagi (Utrecht): Came on in the 71st minute in his club's 1-0 loss at Twente.
Eiji Kawashima (Lierse): Played a full 90 minutes in the 0-0 home draw to Anderlecht.