• Kyodo


Substitute Takumi Minamino scored for Salzburg in the first leg of its Europa League quarterfinal against Lazio on Thursday, but it was not enough to prevent a 4-2 loss in Rome.

With Salzburg trailing 2-1,the forward came off the bench in the 70th minute at Stadio Olimpico and immediately equalized off a pass from Israel striker Moanes Dabour.

It was Minamino’s second goal in the Europa League for the Austrian first-division side, but back-to-back strikes in the 74th and 76th minutes earned the Italian team the win.

“It’s more frustrating (to lose after scoring), but a game like this is really important for me,” Minamino said. “If I keep producing results, maybe there’s a chance (to play in the World Cup).”

Elsewhere, Marseille defender Hiroki Sakai returned from a right hip injury and played the full match for the French first-division club in its 1-0 away loss to RB Leipzig.

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