Takumi Minamino was involved for 59 minutes as Japan were beaten 1-0 by Saudi Arabia in 2022 World Cup qualifying on Thursday.

The Liverpool forward started the Group B clash in Jeddah and was then withdrawn just before the hour mark.

A goal from substitute Firas Al-Birakan gave the hosts the victory, leaving Minamino’s Japan with three points from three games in the section so far.