Shinji Kagawa (r.) struck a brace as Dortmund beat Kawasaki Frontale on Tuesday - © © gettyimages
Shinji Kagawa (r.) struck a brace as Dortmund beat Kawasaki Frontale on Tuesday - © © gettyimages

Dortmund ease to World Tour victory over Kawasaki

Tokyo - Borussia Dortmund continued the success of the Bundesliga World Tour 2015 by overcoming Kawasaki Frontale 6-0 in a friendly on Tuesday.

Kagawa at the double

Japanese international Shinji Kagawa hit a first-half brace before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang followed suit early in the second period. Mitsuru Maruoka added the fifth on the hour-mark for a rampant BVB, before Jon Stankovic sealed coach Thomas Tuchel’s third win from three in the closing stages.

With Tuchel opting to use Marco Reus as a centre-forward, Dortmund were fluid from the off. Within six minutes, local hero Kagawa had netted a deserved opener, nodding Lukasz Piszczek’s cross in with aplomb. Dortmund remained in control thereafter, with summer signings Julian Weigl and Gonzalo Castro impressing in midfield as BVB swarmed all over the struggling hosts.

The Japanese side retained a threat on the break, however, with Renato testing goalkeeper Roman Bürki on several occasions, firing over in the 26th minute and forcing a save seconds later. Kawasaki’s resilience was finally broken when Kagawa added his second nine minutes before the break with a cute finish from Reus’ cut-back.

Aubameyang to the fore

Despite Tuchel making ten changes after half time, BVB remained firmly in the driving seat, Aubameyang increased the lead by chipping the onrushing goalkeeper in the 52nd minute after good work from Ilkay Gündogan on the edge of the box. The Gabon international doubled his tally before the hour-mark with another calm finish from close range.

Japanese youngster Maruoka was next to get on the scoresheet, racing in behind to stroke home in the 60th minute. Fellow academy member Stankovic rounded off the victory ten minutes from time, poking in from Aubameyang’s cross as BVB continued their perfect start to pre-season.