Poland international winger JAKUB BLASZCZYKOWSKI (16) of Borussia Dortmund shields the ball from Azerbaijan international midfielder RASHAD A. SADYGOV (6) of FK Qarabag at the old Westfalenstadion, now known as Signal Iduna Park, in Dortmund, Germany. (Mark Keppler/APN)
UEFA Europa League
Playoff round, first leg
4 – Borussia Dortmund (GER) ——— Kagawa 13′, 41′, Barrios 21′, 29′
0 – FK Qarabag (AZB)
A pair of goals each from a couple of performers in South Africa earlier this summer powered BORUSSIA DORTMUND to a comfortable 4-0 victory over visiting FK QARABAG in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League playoff round.
Japan international midfielder SHINJI KAGAWA, the new signing from J-League outfit Cezero Osaka, opened Borussia Dortmund’s account in the 13th minute and added a second just before the halftime break.
Paraguay World Cup striker LUCAS BARRIOS, who paced Borussia Dortmund and finished third in the Bundesliga with 19 goals last season, sandwiched a brace in between.
Truth be told, the goalkeeping of FK Qarabag’s FARHAD VELIYEV, who has earned 30 caps for Azerbaijan, was feeble at best.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND : Weidenfeller – Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer – Kehl (Bender 67′), Sahin – Blaszczykowski (Goetze 50′), Kagawa (Lewandowski 71′), Grosskreutz – Barrios
FK QARABAG : Veliyev – Medevev, Teli (Gashimov 70′), R. F. Sadygov, Agoli – S. Abbasov, R. A. Sadygov – Imamaliev (Yusifov 46′), Aliyev (Nadyrov 46′), Rubins – Adamia