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Kozuki nets 1st Schalke goal, Stuttgart’s Endo also on target

Japanese forward Soichiro Kozuki scored his first goal in his second appearance for Schalke in the German Bundesliga on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old netted the home side’s only goal in a 6-1 defeat to Leipzig as Schalke remain rock bottom, having conceded a league-worst 41 goals in 17 games.

Soichiro Kozuki (38) of Schalke scores a goal during the second half of a German Bundesliga match against Leipzig in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on Jan. 24, 2023. (Kyodo)

“There’s no doubt we need to concede less. We want to discuss our tactics with the manager,” said Schalke teammate and Japan captain Maya Yoshida.

Schalke’s Soichiro Kozuki (R) is congratulated by Maya Yoshida after scoring his first Bundesliga goal in their home match against Leipzig on Jan. 24, 2023, in Gelsenkirchen in Germany. (Kyodo)

Kozuki left then J-League second division side Kyoto Sanga in 2021 to initially play in the German fifth division before winning a contract with Schalke at the end of 2022.

Wataru Endo (L) scores for Stuttgart against Hoffenheim in their German first-division game in Sinsheim, Germany on Jan. 24, 2023. (Kyodo)

Meanwhile, midfielder Wataru Endo scored his third league goal of the season as Stuttgart drew 2-2 away to Hoffenheim.

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