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Soccer: Ryotaro Meshino nets equalizer in debut for Portuguese club Rio Ave

This supplied photo shows Japanese striker Ryotaro Meshino. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Ryotaro Meshino fired in an extra-time equalizer in his debut for Rio Ave on Sunday and helped the Portuguese first-division side salvage a 1-1 draw against Tondela in the teams' season opener.

    The Japanese midfielder came on in the 86th minute at Tondela's home ground and found the net six minutes later off a pass from fellow substitute Francisco Geraldes to cancel out Ricardo Alves' early opener.

    Meshino, a likely selection in Japan's Olympic team for the games next year, joined Rio Ave earlier this month on a two-year loan from Premier League side Manchester City.

    In the Belgian first division, Junya Ito contributed a goal and an assist in Genk's 3-1 home win over Mechelen.

    Ito put Genk ahead in the 55th minute with his second goal of the season and set up a 68th-minute move that allowed Paul Onuachu to complete a brace for the hosts.

    In the French top flight, Yuto Nagatomo made a bittersweet debut for Marseille in their 1-1 home draw with Lille.

    The 34-year-old defender, who moved from Turkish side Galatasaray at the beginning of the month, was booked in the 21st minute before letting Luiz Araujo run behind him and net the game's opener in the 47th minute.

    Nagatomo was substituted in the 60th with Japan teammate Hiroki Sakai moving from right-back to cover his position on the left. Marseille drew level through Valere Germain's 85-minute header.

    "France is full of highly-skilled players so it will be a tough battle dealing with them down the flanks," Nagatomo said.

    "I was happy to play with Hiroki. I want to learn from him, someone who knows the French league inside out."

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