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 ...

Urawa shows mettle in victory over Kashima

May 23, 2015

Urawa shows mettle in victory over Kashima

Urawa Reds took a significant step toward the J. League first stage title after coming from behind to beat Kashima Antlers 2-1 on Saturday. Reds went into the match at Saitama Stadium with an unbeaten record after 11 games and a four-point cushion at ...