Soccer-Okazaki scores on Mainz debut against former club (Reuters)

Aug 11 (Reuters) – Forward Shinji Okazaki scored on his league debut for Mainz 05 against previous club VfB Stuttgart to give his new side a 3-2 win in their opening Bundesliga match on Sunday. Nicolai Mueller was twice on target for Mainz while Vedad Ibisevic and Martin Harnik replied for the visitors. Japan forward Okazaki, one of four Mainz debutants, left Stuttgart six weeks ago to join Mainz as a replacement for last season’s leading scorer Adam Szalai who moved to Schalke 04. Mueller opening the scoring in the 14th minute but Ibisevic levelled two minutes later. …

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