BERLIN (Reuters) – Japan international Shinji Kagawa sparkled on his return to Borussia Dortmund, scoring one goal for the Ruhr Valley club and helping set up another in a 3-1 win over Freiburg.
Champions Bayern Munich beat VfB Stuttgart 2-0, with Frenchman Franck Ribery scoring on his season debut as they prepare for their Champions League match against Manchester City next week.
Fellow Champions League club, Schalke 04, who face Chelsea on Wednesday, continued their bad start to the season with a 4-1 loss to Borussia Moenchengladbach that left them on one point from three league matches.
The 25-year-old Kagawa, who had spent two seasons at Manchester United after winning consecutive Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012 with Dortmund, was welcomed back with roaring applause and he instantly rewarded the fans.
First he set up Kevin Grosskreutz, whose cut back found Adrian Ramos for the lead.
Dubbed the ‘Lost son’ by German media, the attacking midfielder fired in from 12 metres in the 41st minute as hundreds of Japanese flags were unfurled in the stands.
“Shinji played an outstanding game and he had cramps at the end which is a good sign,” coach Juergen Klopp told reporters.
“We know very well that he can play football and also create a special atmosphere,” said Klopp after his player, who failed to hold down a starting spot at United, received a standing ovation at the end of the game.
Substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang completed Dortmund’s successful dress rehearsal for their Champions League group opener against Arsenal next week, with a scintillating 50-metre sprint and a superb chip for their third in the 78th.
Dortmund have six points from three games, one behind Bayern.