Japan striker Shinji Okazaki scored his first goal in 10 matches to earn Mainz a 2-2 draw at home to Borussia Monchengladbach in the German first division on Saturday.

Monchengladbach appeared to be on its way to maximum points after moving into a 2-0 lead thanks to a double from Raffael.

But Johannes Geis pulled one back in the 73rd minute before Okazaki ended a goal drought stretching back to Dec. 7 with his ninth goal of the season in the 77th.

Stefan Bell picked up a clearance headed a cross for Okazaki to himself head in at the far post after Monchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer came but failed to claim the ball.

"I thought the goalkeeper would get a touch on the ball so I am glad he came out for it. I thought I would beat the defender and kept my eye on the ball right until the end," said Okazaki.

Okazaki had earlier hit the bar and admitted he thought his scoreless streak would continue.

"I thought to myself the ball is not going to go in today either, despite the fact that I was playing well," said Okazaki, who nearly snatched victory in the closing stages with a header that was turned away Sommer.

Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, Hiroshi Kiyotake was also on target with his fourth of the season, but Hannover crashed to a 3-1 defeat at home to league leaders Bayern Munich.