Video: Shinji Kagawa vs 27 Japanese school kids
Borussia Dortmund’s Shinji Kagawa, who plies his trade as a midfielder for the Bundesliga club needs no introduction. The world is well aware of the Japanese international’s ability to create spaces on the field and open holes in the opposition's defence.
His control over the ball has amazed fans for some years now. Kagawa has been successful at the highest level of the game, both domestic and international. But the Japanese ace recently found himself alone against 27 opponents, who seem to be his toughest so far.
The 26-year-old was up against about 27 Japanese school kids, out of which 25 were outfield players and two of them stood between the posts. The challenge was part of the midfielder’s ‘Shinji Dream project’.
They might have been just kids but they did not make it easy for the veteran playmaker. Kagawa had to use all of his speed and stamina and skill to outdo the brave 27. The former Manchester United playmaker patiently went past the toddlers, rounding them up from the left-wing.
He then cut in from the left side slowly and once he reached near the goal, with two goalkeepers waiting, Kagawa deftly put the ball in the back of the net.
This is not the first time that Kagawa has taken such a challenge. Earlier, alongside his Japanese team mate Hiroshi Kiyotake, who plays for the Bundesliga club Hannover 96, Kagawa played against 55 kids.
The duo played the ball among themselves and created space with small passes until Kagawa found himself up front and unmarked. Kiyotake lobbed the ball over the kids to Kagawa, who then finished the move by slotting the ball in the goal.