Japanese in Europe: Miyaichi MVP after game-winning assist

This week's European action saw fewer goals but plenty of excitement for the Japanese contingent as the likes of Makoto Hasebe and Atsuto Uchida notched assists for their clubs
In the Premier League‚ Ryo Miyaichi was a big contributor in Bolton's 2-1 win over QPR as both clubs fight to avoid relegation.

Miyaichi played a full 90 minutes‚ but his shining moment came in the 86th minute when he received a long pass outside of the penalty area before holding the ball up and dishing the ball to Ivan Klasnic‚ who scored the winning goal.

In addition to being able to celebrate his first Premier League win‚ Miyaichi was also named the MVP of the match and won praise from boss Owen Coyle.

In the Bundesliga‚ Hajime Hosogai may not have scored in Saturday evening's home match for struggling Augsburg against champions Borussia Dortmund‚ but by man marking his fellow countryman Shinji Kagawa he took the creative engine of the visitors out of the game. He therefore proved decisive for the Southerners securing an unlikely point.

While the 26-year-old former Urawa Reds man neutralised his attacking counterpart and took control of central midfield with his team-mates‚ Kagawa was substituted in the 70th minute after a frustrating match.
Ryo Miyaichi

The starlet once again showed his maturity in a clutch situation, leading some Bolton fans to suggest he would be better served staying with the club after his loan expires.

Augsburg held on for the scoreless draw which puts them above the drop zone. Dortmund meanwhile‚ see their comfortable lead to second-placed Bayern cut to five points.

In Eredivisie action‚ Maya Yoshida scored his team's only goal to give them an early load in VVV's 3-1 loss at Roda JC. The goal was Yoshida's fifth of the season‚ setting a new personal best.

Yoshida then went on to earn a straight red card in the 73rd minute when he was seen intentionally elbowing a Roda JC player after play had stopped.

Yuto Nagatomo (Inter): Full appearance for 2-0 away win over Chievo. Nagatomo wasn't involved in either of the two goals‚ but contributed on defence to a clean sheet and Inter's first win since late January.
Takayuki Morimoto (Novara): Came on in the 71st minute in the 1-0 home win against Udinese. Saw a late caution in his first league appearance since January 22.

Makoto Hasebe (Wolfsburg): Full appearance in the 3-2 home win over Leverkusen. The 28-year-old was fielded at right-back and while putting on a solid defensive performance‚ he also provided the assist for his side's equaliser in the 32nd minute with a cross.
Shinji Okazaki (Stuttgart): Started in the scoreless home draw against Kaiserslautern but was substituted in the 82nd minute. The left-sided attacker was lively throughout.
Gotoku Sakai (Stuttgart): Made a full appearance in the 0-0 home draw against Kaiserslautern. The German-Japanese youngster started his fifth game for the Swabians‚ and had a good game on the left.
Takashi Usami (Bayern Munich): Wasn't included in the Bavarians' 7-1 home win against Hoffenheim.
Yuki Otsu (Borussia Monchengladbach): Not included in lineup in scoreless home draw to Freiburg.
Atsuto Uchida (Schalke): Played a full 90 minutes in the  3-1 home win against Hamburg. The right-back had a good game‚ crossing perfectly for Teemu Pukki's opener in the fifth minute‚ after a neat one-two with Marco Hoger. The 23-year-old could have added another assist to his name later on if Raul hadn't missed the fine opportunity provided by Uchida.
Takashi Inui (Bochum): Played a full 90 minutes in the scoreless draw away to Paderborn. While his team deserved the point away to the league's surprise package‚ the 23-year-old looked ineffective‚ fielded as a left-sided forward.

Tadanari Lee (Southampton): Started in Southampton's 2-0 home win against Barnsley but was substituted in the 65th minute. Lee marked his third assist for the current Championship leaders by setting up Adam Lallana's goal in the 54th minute.

Robert Cullen (VVV Venlo): Came on in the 65th minute in VVV Venlo's 3-1 loss away to Roda JC.
Michihiro Yasuda (Vitesse): Made a full appearance as his team defeated Groningen 3-1 away from home.
Mike Havenaar (Vitesse): Came on in the 90th minute as Vitesse defeated Groningen. After coming on as an added-time substitute‚ put the nail in the coffin with a diving headed goal against an empty net for his fourth Eredivisie goal since joining in January.
Yoshiaki Takagi (Utrecht): Featured on the bench in his club's 1-1 draw at Feyenoord.

Daisuke Matsui (Dijon): Didn't feature in the matchday squad for 2-1 loss at home against PSG.

Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moscow): Started in the 1-1 home draw against Dinamo Moscow, but was substituted in the 46th minute. Fielded as an attacking midfielder, he provided the assist for Seydou Doumbia's 3rd-minute goal.

Takayuki Seto (Astra Ploiesti): Astra's 26-year-old Japanese midfielder will face bottom side Dacia Mioveni on Monday evening.

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