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Soccer: Minamino scores as Salzburg reach Austrian Cup final

Takumi Minamino scores in Salzburg's 6-0 away win over third-tier Grazer AK on April 3, 2019 to help send the defending first-division champions into the Austrian Cup final. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's Takumi Minamino scored in Salzburg's 6-0 away win over third-tier Grazer AK on Wednesday to help send the defending first-division champions into the Austrian Cup final.

    Minamino was involved in the build-up when Hannes Wolf scored in the 13th minute to make it 2-0 before converting a header from short-range right before half-time to put his side 4-0 up. The goal came as revenge after the 24-year-old Japanese had been denied by keeper Patrick Haider just minutes earlier.

    His goal was Salzburg's 1,500th in competitive soccer since their re-founding by Red Bull in the 2005-2006 season, according to the club.

    Moanes Dabour and Wolf each bagged a brace, and Patson Daka added Salzburg's sixth goal in extra time.

    Salzburg reached the Austrian Cup final for the sixth consecutive time and will look to win their first title in two seasons when they play third-division side Rapid Vienna on May 1.

    In the Belgian first-division Europa League playoffs, Kosuke Kinoshita scored for Sint-Truiden in its 2-1 away win over Beerschot Wilrijk.

    Kinoshita was substituted for Takahiro Sekine late in the second half. Daichi Kamada, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Wataru Endo all played full matches for Sint-Truiden.

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