There had only been two different Japanese goalscorers for one team in the Bundesliga so far.

On April 23, 2016, Hiroki Sakai and Hiroshi Kiyotake met for Hannover 96 at FC Ingolstadt.

The two have had two successors since Sunday.

And their names are Ritsu Doan and Masaya Okugawa and they play for Arminia Bielefeld.

The Japanese brace was the basis of the 2-1 (1-0) at Bayer Leverkusen.

With the first victory under the new coach Frank Kramer, Arminia stirs up the table cellar and leaves the relegation place, while Bayer simply cannot find its way out of the crisis.

New table-16.

is Hertha BSC.

First victory: Frank Kramer celebrates after the victory with co-trainer Stefan Kleineheismann

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For Bielefeld it was the first victory after seven games, Kramer was allowed to cheer for the first time in the third attempt.

For Leverkusen, however, the 1-0 win in Mönchengladbach did not seem to be the turning point.

Especially at home, the Leverkusen-based company is developing a real complex;

from the three home games against Mainz, Freiburg and Bielefeld they only got one point.

“It is a pure relief to have won again now.

After all the shit we've played in the last few weeks and the points we've got, it's pure joy.

We deserved the win in the first half, ”said Stefan Ortega.

Bielefeld's goalkeeper was once again one of the best players on the field.

And this time it worked in the opposing sixteen.

Doan put Arminia in the lead (18th) and gave Kramer his first goal as Bielefeld coach after a waiting time of 197 minutes.

Doan's compatriot Okugawa, who was brought in in the winter, made the decision with his first Bundesliga goal in the fourth appearance (57th).

"My first goal and a win - that's perfect," said Okugawa happily.

Patrik Schick only managed the connection goal (85th).

Ortega parries outstandingly against Gray


Bayer coach Peter Bosz initially seemed to have found his regular team.

In view of seven injuries and the redeeming victory in Mönchengladbach in the previous week, he offered the same starting team as in the previous week for the first time in more than a year, after he had not made a single change in Gladbach.

Arminia was not that deep in the 4-4-2 with captain Fabian Klos back in the starting eleven, but Leverkusen almost exclusively had the ball.

72 percent possession of the ball was noted after fifteen minutes.

Since Bielefeld was diligently filling in the rooms, Bayer initially only had one chance.

It was, however, a top-class one, but Nadiem Amiri moved miserably from around ten meters.

The guests used their first counterattack as ice cold.

After an opening pass from Manuel Prietl and a cross from Christian Gebauer, Doan pushed the ball into the net with the outside in front of Edmond Tapsoba.

Doan almost raised six minutes later, but Jonathan Tah deflected his free kick from 14 yards into a corner.

Bayer only had a good chance before the break, but Ortega made a strong save against Demarai Gray (37th).

“It was already held strong.

You could say that, ”said the goalkeeper while watching his save after the game.

Disappointment under the Bayer cross: Jonathan Tah and his team threaten to miss the Champions League

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Bosz put almost everything on one card at the break and brought in Lucas Alario and Leon Bailey for Gray and Kerem Demirbay.

But before the first noteworthy goal chance in the second round it was 0-2 when Okugawa completed a counterattack against a completely dissolved Bayer defensive after Arne Maier opened the ball and Leverkusen's home grown Anderson Lucoqui.

Now Bayer pushed hard, finally with more pressure, but now and then too wildly.

Destiny 1: 2 was only the second shot on the Bielefeld goal after the half-time break.