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Villa's first Vissel Kobe goal downs Torres' Sagan Tosu

Vissel Kobe beat Sagan Tosu thanks to a first goal from David Villa, who described it as "a wonderful game".

Villa's first Vissel Kobe goal downs Torres' Sagan Tosu

David Villa scored his first goal for Vissel Kobe to give them a 1-0 J1 League win over a Sagan Tosu side featuring Fernando Torres.

Villa, making only his second appearance in Japan's top flight after leaving New York City, swept home following a defensive mix-up 54 minutes in to secure all three points for the home side.

"I am really pleased that I scored," the former Barcelona star said after the match. "I am more pleased that it has led to three points. I had a wonderful game. I want to continue like this."

Iniesta hopes this goal gets the ball rolling for Villa

Team-mate Andres Iniesta hopes it is the first of many goals for Villa, Spain's all-time top scorer.

"It was a really wonderful atmosphere - I really want to thank all the supporters," said Iniesta. "It was good that Villa scored in this game. Villa will continue to bring goals to this team."

It was a disappointing outing for fellow former Spain star Torres, who has lost both of his matches for Sagan Tosu this season.

"Playing against best friends and former team-mates on the pitch is a great thing in football. However, no result came into play," he said.