Maruoka and Kagawa delighted with personal progress

Maruoka and Kagawa delighted with personal progress

Borussia Dortmund and Japan starlet Mitsuru Maruoka was delighted to have scored against Kawasaki Frontale in his side’s 6-0 friendly win.

The 19-year-old Cerezo Osaka-loanee joined Shinji Kagawa on the scoresheet in Tuesday night’s encounter and voiced his pleasure of playing in familiar surroundings again.

“I’m glad I was able to score in such a fantastic environment. I was overcome by emotion and celebrated,” Maruoka, who moved to Dortmund in 2014, said after the match.

“I told my family I would score a goal and I’m happy that I was able to do so. I’m eligible to play in the 2016 Rio Olympics so I’m aware of that situation.

“First I need to work hard and earn playing time in Germany.”

The Japan youth international will be hopeful of competing for a place with compatriot and fellow Cerezo graduate Kagawa, who was proud of recording an opening brace on the night.

“My first goal was a header and the second was taken first-time,” Kagawa beamed. “Overall I was able to concentrate and that led to me scoring.

“We’ve only had two training sessions and the team was jet-lagged, but we were able to play a full 90 minutes without any injuries.”

Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel went on to praise his pair of Samurai Blue stars as well as Frontale, who he said put up an admirable fight they put up despite the scoreline.

“Japanese are friendly and diligent. Maruoka is still developing as a player, but Kagawa has wonderful technique. I absolutely think he’ll contribute to the team.

“Frontale held onto the ball for much of the first 20 minutes, which was different than how we’d envisioned the match.”

The MEIJI YASUDA J1 League side will now get preparations for their upcoming Tamagawa Clasico against FC Tokyo this Saturday underway.