Villa scores first goal in Japan for Kobe 1-0 win

David Villa (L), as seen here in a file photo, scored his first goal in Japan since moving to Vissel Kobe. (Reuters pic)

TOKYO: David Villa scored his first goal since moving to Japan on Saturday as his side Vissel Kobe defeated Fernando Torres’ Sagan Tosu.

Former Barcelona and Spain forward Villa, who moved from New York City FC ahead of the season in Japan, took advantage of some sloppy defending from Sagan Tosu to score the only goal in a 1-0 win.

Kobe, who also boast World Cup winners Andres Iniesta and Lukas Podolski in the side, came into the season as favourites but lost the first game of the season last week.

Sagan Tosu, who narrowly avoided relegation from the JLeague last season, lost their first match of the season 4-0 and look set for another season of struggle.

Nagoya Grampus and Yokohama F Marinos have started the season with two wins.