WATCH: On Japan duty, Shinji Kagawa flubs a sitter of the most comfortable variety

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We need a bigger term than sitter for this miss. Sofa? Futon? Beanbag chair?

Japan’s 3-0 win over Cambodia at Saitama Stadium wasn’t exactly the sharpest of displays despite the final score, at least for former Manchester United attacker and current Borussia Dortmund man Shinji Kagawa.

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The 26-year-old did manage to net a goal in the 61st minute (above), but that was after this horrific, horrific miss.

Yes, two horrifics worth of horror. Trust us, it’s not simply rhetoric.

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Europa League roundup: Southampton crash out in Europe; Dortmund hang 7, advance

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A roundup of all the day’s action from around Europe as the final round of UEFA Europa League qualifying concluded on Thursday:

Midtjylland 1-0 (2-1 agg.) Southampton

The 2014-15 season, it is not, for Southampton Football Club. The saving grace for Saints, who are winless in three to start the 2015-16 Premier League campaign, was the hope of European football at St Mary’s Stadium this season. They put even that in jeopardy last Thursday with a 1-1 first-leg draw at home to Midtjylland, the reigning Danish champions.

Fast forward seven days, and Saints are out of Europe (maybe for another 12 years, who knows) following a 1-0 away defeat in Herning, Denmark. Morten Rasmussen — better known simply as “Duncan” — scored the game’s only goal on a quick turn and strike in the 28th minute. With Southampton and West Ham United each crashing out in the qualifying stages, only Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool will represent the Premier League in the Europa League’s group stage. Any number of Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal or Manchester United could join them in the knockout rounds should they finish third in their Champions League group.

Borussia Dortmund 7-2 (11-5 agg.) Odds BK

Last week’s 4-3 victory over Odd Ballklubb was thrilling in its own right, if only for Borussia Dortmund’s comeback from 3-0 down after 22 minutes. Thursday’s 7-2 thrashing of the Norwegian side was thrilling as well, if only because it’s not everyday (or week, or month) that we see somebody put a touchdown and an extra point on the board.

Marco Reus bagged a hat trick (27th, 31st and 57th minutes) to go along with Shinji Kagawa’s brace (40th and 90th) and individual tallies scored by Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Ilkay Gundogan. For what it’s worth, Odds were level on aggregate (though behind based on away goals) from the 19th minute to the 25th minute, when Mkhitaryan restored order. It’s those small victories that keep you going.

UEFA will hold the draw for the Europa League group stage in Monaco on Friday (8 am ET).

Elsewhere in Europa League qualifying action (Italicized teams advance)

Athletic Bilbao 0-1 (3-3 – away goals) Zilina
Jablonec 0-1 (0-1) Ajax
Saint-Etienne 1-0 (2-1) Milsami
Kairat 2-1 (2-2 – away goals) Bourdeaux
Fenerbahce 3-0 (4-0) Atromitos
Red Bull Salzburg 2-0 (2-2; 2-3 – PK shootout) Dinamo Minsk
Panathinaikos 2-2 (2-2 – away goals) Gabala FC
AZ Alkmaar 2-0 (4-3) Astra Giurgiu
Legia Warsaw 3-2 (4-2) FC Zorya
Standard Liege 3-1 (3-3 – away goals) Molde
Brondby 1-1 (1-6) PAOK
Hajduk Split 0-1 (0-2) Liberec
HJK 0-0 (1-5) Krasnodar
Thun 3-3 (4-6) Sparta Prague
Rosenborg 0-1 (3-1) Steaua Bucarest
Qarabag 3-0 (4-0) BSC Young Boys
Rubin Kazan 1-0 (2-1) Rabotnicki
Vojvodina 0-2 (0-5) Viktoria Plzen
Videoton 0-1 (0-4) Lech Poznan

Europa League roundup: Dortmund win an absolute thriller, Southampton stumble at home

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A roundup of all the day’s action from around Europe as the final round of UEFA Europa League qualifying kicked off on Thursday:

Odds BK 3-4 Borussia Dortmund

As far as pure entertainment value goes, it’s tough to top what Dortmund provide on a weekly basis — whether they’re unbelievably bad (last season), unstoppably good (from 2010 to 2012), or a whole lot of both on the same day (today).

Down 3-0 to Norwegian side Odd Ballklubb after 22 minutes, it looked like the 2014-15 Bundesliga season all over for brand new Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel. And then, “peak Dortmund” happened. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a pair of goals either side of a tally by Shinji Kagawa, tying the game at 3-3 in the 77th minute.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the late winner for Dortmund in the 85th minute to give BVB not only a victory in their away leg, but four away goals to carry over into the second leg at home next Thursday.

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Southampton 1-1 Midtjylland

Elsewhere on the continent, Premier League side Southampton welcomed reigning Danish champions Midtjylland to St Mary’s Stadium. Unlike what happened with Dortmund, the underdogs were able to hold on for a positive result and give themselves a real chance of going through to the group stage.

Former Southampton academy player Tim Sparv opened the scoring for the visitors in the 45th minute, when the Finnish midfielder struck the ball well and hard from outside the penalty area to beat Saints goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. Jay Rodriguez equalized for Saints in the 56th minute, when he converted from the penalty spot and bagged his first goal since March 2014 (ruptured ACL).

With the second leg to be played in Denmark next Thursday, Ronald Koeman’s side has much work ahead of them to overturn Midtjylland’s valuable away goal.

Elsewhere in Europa League qualifying action

Zilina 3-2 Athletic Bilbao
Ajax 1-0 Jablonec
Milsami 1-1 Saint-Etienne
Bourdeaux 1-0 Kairat
Atromitos 0-1 Fenerbahce
Dinamo Minks 2-0 Red Bull Salzburg
Gabala FC 0-0 Panathinaikos
Astra Giurgiu 3-2 AZ Alkmaar
FC Zorya 0-1 Legia Warsaw
Molde 2-0 Standard Liege
PAOK 5-0 Brondby
Liberec 1-0 Hajduk Split
Krasnodar 5-1 HJK
Sparta Prague 3-1 Thun
Steaua Bucarest 0-3 Rosenborg
BSC Young Boys 0-1 Qarabag
Rabotnicki 1-1 Rubin Kazan
Altach 0-1 Belenenses
Viktoria Plzen 3-0 Vojvodina
Lech Poznan 3-0 Videoton

DFB Pokal final: VfL Wolfsburg ends Jurgen Klopp’s reign at Borussia Dortmund in disappointment

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Dortmund: Aubameyang 5′

Wolfsburg: Gustavo 22′, De Bruyne 33′, Dost 38′

Seven years.

The tenure of soon-to-be-gone Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, and a second DFB-Pokal title marked the perfect way to end his run with the Bundesliga club.

However, the ideal doesn’t always come true.

Facing VfL Wolfsburg earlier today, Klopp witnessed the crown slip away as his opposition fought back to secure a 3-1 victory for themselves in Berlin.

Wolfsburg gained revenge after Dortmund eliminated them in the semi-final a year ago, while a disappointed BVB can still point to success this year with a Europa League qualification.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring with a magnificent volley to put the Black and Yellows in front at the five-minute mark, but Luiz Gusatavo was alert to convert the equalizer off a rebound from Naldo’s attempt.

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Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne brandished his exceptional skill with a scoring bullet from 25 yards out in the 33rd minute, and five minutes later, Bas Dost extended the advantage with a textbook header from Ivan Perisic’s cross

Shinji Kagawa’s sliding effort nearly got Dortmund a second goal right after the half.

In the first half, Dortmund goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak rejected a low shot from De Bruyne early on, and Marco Reus sailed his strike high following a threatening sequence led by Aubameyang on the right side.

23-year-old defender Erik Durm made a mistake that allowed Daniel Caligiuri to continue Wolfsburg’s attacking success, though Langerak was there for the stop. had to be alert to deny

Club legend Sebastian Kehl, at Dortmund since 2001 and making over 300 top-flight appearances, was substituted off in the 68th minute for defender Lukasz Piszczek.

Kehl announced that he will retire at the end of the season and wanted to go off on a high note, just like Klopp.

Bundesliga wrap: Schweinsteiger strikes late for Bayern, Hamburg earns huge win

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Bayern Munich may have the Bundesliga title sewn up, but the race to avoid the drop is as tight as you like, with five clubs within three points of safety and calamity.

Three of four “bottom five” clubs who played on Saturday picked up a point, including one side scooping up a massive three points to leap off the bottom of the table.

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Let’s dig into a heaping cup of Bundesliga.

Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

BVB could be headed for Europe after all, as the once last-place side has risen to eighth in the league after a big win at Westfalenstadion.  Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted a penalty off an early handball from Frankfurt, while Shinji Kagawa gave the match its final score line in the 32nd minute. USMNT back Timmy Chandler went 90 in the loss.

Bayern Munich 1-0 Hertha Berlin

John Anthony Brooks and Hertha were more than game for a Bayern team coming off a big win in the UEFA Champions League at midweek, but Bastian Schweinsteiger stepped in to earn the hosts all three points on Saturday. One minute after putting a header off the post, Schweinsteiger netted the first and only goal of the game, as Brooks could only watch a pass makes its way past him in the 18.

source: Getty ImagesHamburg 3-2 Augsburg

The stars were out for Hamburg on Saturday, as Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Ivica Olic played the role of heroes for the relegation-threatened club. Olic netted in the 11th minute and Lasogga scored his first 8 minutes later to lift the home crowd into a frenzy, but Augsburg evened it up by the 69th minute.

Lasogga has disappointed this season after a brilliant loan spell last season earned him a permanent move, but his 71st minute tally will allow that to be forgotten, at least for now. Augsburg fails to take advantage of Schalke’s loss to Mainz, and the clubs remain tied for fifth.

Mainz 2-0 Schalke
— Stefan Bell’s 2 goals in 3 minutes earn upset
Koln 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen — Visitors with Top 4 hiccup.
Stuttgart 2-2 Freiburg — Nils Peterson erases 2-0 road deficit himself.
Hannover 1-2 Hoffenheim — Sven Schipplock has great name, late winner.
Paderborn vs. Werder Bremen — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Wolfsburg — 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday


Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Bayern Munich 30 24 4 2 77 13 64 13-1-1 11-3-1 76
VfL Wolfsburg 29 18 7 4 63 31 32 12-3-0 6-4-4 61
Bayer Leverkusen 30 15 10 5 57 32 25 8-6-1 7-4-4 55
Mönchen 29 15 9 5 44 22 22 10-3-1 5-6-4 54
FC Schalke 04 30 11 9 10 38 34 4 8-5-2 3-4-8 42
FC Augsburg 30 13 3 14 38 40 -2 9-3-3 4-0-11 42
1899 Hoffenheim 30 11 7 12 45 48 -3 8-2-5 3-5-7 40
Borussia Dortmund 30 11 6 13 40 37 3 7-3-5 4-3-8 39
Werder Bremen 29 10 8 11 44 57 -13 7-4-4 3-4-7 38
FSV Mainz 05 30 8 13 9 42 41 1 5-6-4 3-7-5 37
Eintracht Frankfurt 30 9 9 12 51 59 -8 7-5-3 2-4-9 36
1. FC Köln 30 8 11 11 30 36 -6 3-8-4 5-3-7 35
Hertha BSC Berlin 30 9 7 14 34 46 -12 6-3-6 3-4-8 34
SC Freiburg 30 6 12 12 31 41 -10 4-6-5 2-6-7 30
Hannover 96 30 7 8 15 33 51 -18 5-3-7 2-5-8 29
Hamburger SV 30 7 7 16 19 46 -27 5-4-6 2-3-10 28
VfB Stuttgart 30 6 9 15 34 55 -21 3-4-8 3-5-7 27
SC Paderborn 29 6 9 14 25 56 -31 4-5-5 2-4-9 27