Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa came off the bench late on to strike twice on his debut for Besiktas in a 6-2 win at Antalyaspor in the Turkish Super League on Sunday.
Kagawa, who has joined Besiktas on loan from runaway German Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund until the end of the season, entered the fray in the 81st minute with the visitors leading 4-1, and made an immediate impact.
The former Manchester United man scored with a low strike from the edge of the box past Antalyaspor goalkeeper Ruud Boffin, then swept home a free-kick to complete his brace six minutes from time.
"It was a dream debut for me. A great start," said Kagawa. "All I have got to do is aim for victory in each and every game and see how well I can do. That's really all there is to it."
Besiktas, third in the Turkish Super Lig, have reportedly agreed to a 1.6-million euro ($1.8 million) loan fee for Kagawa, with the option to make the transfer permanent in the summer.
Shinji Kagawa: Rüya gibi oldu, gerçekten inanılmazdı. 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/vgT3cfj5ht— Beşiktaş JK (@Besiktas) 3 February 2019
Beskitas posted the post-match interview with Kagawa on their official Twitter account @Besiktas
Kagawa played only two league games for Dortmund this season.
He had been publicly seeking a transfer to Spain after being unable to beat out club captain Marco Reus, who has proven pivotal in Borussia's pursuit of their first Bundesliga title in seven seasons.
Kagawa, who turns 30 in March, moved to Dortmund from J-League side Cerezo Osaka in July 2010, and contributed to back-to-back Bundesliga titles. He spent two lackluster seasons with Manchester United before returning to Dortmund in 2014.
Besiktas is one of three big clubs based in Istanbul, alongside Fenerbahce and Galatasaray, where Japan defender Yuto Nagatomo plays.
Elsewhere, in the Belgian League, Daichi Kamada and Yuta Toyokawa had one goal apiece in Sint-Truiden’s 4-1 win over Eupen at Stayen Stadium.
Toyokawa latched onto a header in the box in the ninth minute to put the visitors ahead, but Sint-Truiden midfielder Kamada erased the lead with an equalizer 10 minutes later, his 11th goal of the season.
Yohan Boli netted a brace and Alexis De Sart’s goal in extra time helped Sint-Truiden see off Eupen and keep alive its hopes of reaching the six-team tier-1 playoffs by remaining in fifth.