Japanese striker Yuya Kubo on Friday scored his first goal since joining German first-division side Nuremberg, in the 1-1 draw with Schalke.

Kubo headed home a long-range pass from Matheus Pereira to open the scoring in the 82nd minute at Max-Morlock Stadium, but the visitors equalized three minutes later.

The 25-year-old Kubo has struggled to earn playing time since being loaned by Belgian first-division side Gent ahead of the season.

He has 13 caps and two goals for Japan, but was not called up to Hajime Moriyasu's squad for the AFC Asian Cup earlier this year.

Nuremberg, promoted to the Bundesliga top tier after finishing runner-up in the second division last season, sit 17th in the 18-team table.