Japanese in Europe: Makoto Hasebe makes 100th Bundesliga appearance but Hajime Hosogai rules the day

Hosogai's Augsburg finally earned their first win in front of their home crowd at the expense of Hasebe's Wolfsburg, while Shinji Kagawa played just 12 minutes for Dortmund
It was a quiet weekend for Japanese players in Europe after a series of eventful matches in both last weekend's fixtures and the Champions League in midweek.

In Germany, FC Augsburg recorded their first home win in the top-flight, defeating visiting VfL Wolfsburg 2-0 on Saturday. The home side's Hajime Hosogai again had a fine game as a defensive midfielder, winning balls in the centre of the park and passing nearly error-free.


"We were finally able to win at home, but we still have a lot of matches left."

- Hajime Hosogai on Augsburg's first home victory in his official blog
The 25-year-old also had a good chance denied shortly before the break as his effort was adjudged to be a foul. Late in the game, his feed into the box could have brought him an assist, but his team-mate failed to convert.

With Wolfburg's Makoto Hasebe also starting, the match was an encounter between two former Urawa Reds players. In his 100th outing in the Bundesliga, the Samurai Blue captain had a rather anonymous spell before becoming more active in the later stages of the game - and was substituted with four minutes to go.

The centre of attention of the 14th Bundesliga matchday was on the Revierderby which saw Borussia Dortmund record a convincing 2-0 victory over their bitter rivals Schalke. Shinji Kagawa found himself rotated out of the team after scoring his first goal in the UEFA Champions League last Tuesday, but entered the pitch with 12 minutes remaining.

The 22-year-old looked agile and had a good chance to impress when he initiated a play which could have led to a third goal for the reigning champions in stoppage time. On the other side, Atsuto Uchida started for die Knappen but had a below-par afternoon being bound to defensive duties mainly against Mario Gotze, and he also earned his first yellow card of the season.

On Sunday, VfB Stuttgart were beaten 2-0 away to Werder Bremen. Shinji Okazaki, who had been a doubt due to a minor injury sustained in training, actually started, but had an average game on the left flank with just one attempt on goal, shortly before he was substituted at the hour mark.

In the 2.Bundesliga, Bochum suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat at the hands of surprise newcomers Eintracht Braunschweig. Takashi Inui, who again played the full 90 minutes, had a golden opportunity denied in the 64th minute when his side were already three behind, and was shown the yellow card later in the game.

Tomoaki Makino replaced Sascha Riether in defensive midfield in the 85th minute of FC Koln's 3-0 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach, but did not feature in any major play.

In Serie A action, Yuto Nagatomo was one of the best players on an Inter side that struggled to a 1-0 win at Siena. Although the left-back didn't have much of a chance to make his trademark runs forward, he did contribute in defence and was a rare highlight.

In Belgium, Eiji Kawashima suffered another poor outing as 14th-place Lierse lost for the second week in a row, this time a 1-0 defeat against Club Brugge. The captain could be seen gesturing angrily after the final whistle.

Masahiko Inoha played the entire match in Hajduk Split's 2-1 win at Sibenik.

In Eredivisie action, Maya Yoshida put in a full shift at right-back in VVV Venlo's 2-1 loss to De Graafschap. Team-mate Robert Cullen only made a cameo appearance in the last four minutes.

Meanwhile, Michihiro Yasuda earned a yellow card at the very end of Vitesse's scoreless draw at Twente.

Unused and Inactive
Yuki Otsu (Borussia Monchengladbach): was not available in Gladbach's 3-0 win against Koln due to international duties for Japan's Under-22 team.

Kisho Yano (Freiburg): Not included in line-up in a 1-1 draw at Hoffenheim.

Takashi Usami (Bayern Munich): Not included in line-up in the 3-2 loss at Mainz.

Takayuki Morimoto (Novara): Not included in line-up in a 1-0 loss at Genoa

Miyaichi (Arsenal): Not included in line-up in the 2-1 win at Norwich City

Yuki Abe (Leicester City): Not included in line-up in 1-1 draw at Portsmouth

Yoshiaki Takagi (Utrecht): Unused substitute in 2-0 loss at AZ

Akihiro Ienaga (Mallorca): Unused substitute in 2-1 win over Racing Santander

Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moscow): Not included in line-up in 2-1 loss at Anzhi Makhachkala