Soccer: Okugawa fires Arminia past Stuttgart for 1st win of season

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Masaya Okugawa fired struggling Arminia Bielefeld to their first win of the German Bundesliga season on Saturday, netting the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Stuttgart.

The Japanese winger scored on a counterattack in the 19th minute at Stuttgart's Mercedes-Benz Arena, steering a low shot past keeper Fabian Bredlow.

The goal was Okugawa's second of the season for Arminia, who sit second-last with eight points from 11 games.

Japanese midfielder Wataru Endo and defender Hiroki Ito started for an injury-depleted Stuttgart side featuring four changes from the lineup that lost 4-1 to Augsburg last Sunday.

In other Bundesliga action, Japan attacker Takuma Asano played the full 90 minutes for Bochum, who beat Hoffenheim 2-0 at home.

In the Portuguese top flight, Shoya Nakajima made his first league start of the season for Portimonense, scoring the 10th-minute opener in a 2-0 win over visiting Belenenses.

The 27-year-old playmaker corralled a cross from full-back Fali Cande and struck from the middle of the area for his first goal since rejoining his old club on loan from Porto in August.

In Belgium, Kaoru Mitoma helped Royale Union Saint Gilloise extend their top-flight win streak to five with a 4-0 win over a Charleroi side featuring compatriot Ryota Morioka.