Japan takes booing on chin after Singapore stalemate

Jun 17, 2015

Japan takes booing on chin after Singapore stalemate

Keisuke Honda believes fans were right to boo him and his Japan teammates after Tuesday’s shock World Cup qualifying 0-0 draw with Singapore, and insists he would have had no complaints had they voiced their displeasure louder. Japan got its bid to reach a ...

Japan held to scoreless draw by 154th-ranked Singapore

Jun 16, 2015

Japan held to scoreless draw by 154th-ranked Singapore

Japan got its 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign off to an embarrassing start after being held to a 0-0 home draw by Singapore on Tuesday. A crowd of 57,533 arrived at Saitama Stadium expecting to see Japan, which is bidding to claim a place ...

Win over Iraq helps Samurai Blue rebuild confidence

Jun 12, 2015

Win over Iraq helps Samurai Blue rebuild confidence

Keisuke Honda admits Japan is still suffering mental “damage” from last year’s World Cup and needs more wins like Thursday’s 4-0 thrashing of Iraq to exorcize the demons. Japan warmed up for next Tuesday’s opening 2018 World Cup qualifier against Singapore by hammering Iraq ...

Japan trounces Iraq in friendly

Jun 11, 2015

Japan trounces Iraq in friendly

Japan warmed up for the start of its 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a ruthless 4-0 win over Iraq in a friendly on Thursday night. Keisuke Honda and Tomoaki Makino put Japan two goals ahead within the opening 10 minutes at Nissan Stadium, ...

Reds close in on first-stage title

Jun 7, 2015

Reds close in on first-stage title

Urawa Reds as good as wrapped up the J. League first-stage title but were forced to leave the champagne on ice after beating Shimizu S-Pulse 1-0 on Sunday. Reds went into the game knowing that a win over lowly S-Pulse coupled with a defeat ...

Patric's late goal gives Gamba a draw with Marinos

May 30, 2015

Patric's late goal gives Gamba a draw with Marinos

Gamba Osaka substitute Patric scored in the 95th minute to claim a 1-1 draw and deny Yokohama F. Marinos a fifth straight J. League win on Saturday. A 20th-minute penalty converted by Ademilson looked to have secured the three points for Marinos at Nissan ...