Soccer: Ueda, Kagawa on target in Belgium

Japan forward Ayase Ueda netted his first goal for Belgian top-flight side Cercle Brugge in a 1-1 draw with Zulte Waregem on Saturday, while former Samurai Blue star Shinji Kagawa opened his account for Sint-Truiden in their 3-1 win over Mechelen.

Ueda struck the opener in the 11th minute at Bruges' Jan Breydel Stadium, firing from the middle of the area following a touch pass from Togo forward Kevin Denkey.

The visitors leveled five minutes later through Nicolas Rommens.

A standout for Kashima Antlers in the J-League, the 23-year-old Ueda joined Cercle Brugge earlier this summer for the start of the European season.

At Sint-Truiden's Stayen ground, Kagawa equalized with his 57th-minute penalty for the hosts, who secured their second straight win following a pair of late goals from Gianni Bruno.

Kagawa's goal was his first for Sint-Truiden since joining the club midway through last season.

The 33-year-old former Borussia Dortmund stalwart played the full 90 minutes after starting for Sint-Truiden alongside compatriots Shinji Okazaki, Daiki Hashioka, Daichi Hayashi and goalkeeper Daniel Schmidt.

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