Taketomi double helps Kashiwa reach last 16 of ACL

Apr 22, 2015

Taketomi double helps Kashiwa reach last 16 of ACL

Kosuke Taketomi scored twice as Kashiwa Reysol became the first Japanese team to reach the last 16 of this year’s Asian Champions League with a 3-2 win at home to South Korea’s Jeonbuk Motors on Wednesday night. Eduardo put Kashiwa in front early on, ...

Reds fall to Suwon as knockout phase aspirations vanish

Apr 21, 2015

Reds fall to Suwon as knockout phase aspirations vanish

Urawa Reds’ slim hopes of advancing to the knockout phase of the Asian Champions League ended on Tuesday night after the 2007 champions were beaten 2-1 at home to South Korea’s Suwon Bluewings. Needing a win to stand any chance of qualifying, Reds took ...

Antlers finish strong against Reysol

Apr 16, 2015

Antlers finish strong against Reysol

Kashima Antlers won 3-1 away to Kashiwa Reysol in the J. League on Thursday night to extend their unbeaten run to four league matches. Naomichi Ueda headed Kashima in front in first-half stoppage time with his first career goal and, after Eduardo had equalized ...

Makino header keeps Urawa's slim ACL hopes alive

Apr 8, 2015

Makino header keeps Urawa's slim ACL hopes alive

Japan defender Tomoaki Makino threw Urawa Reds an Asian Champions League lifeline with a second-half header as the 2007 winners picked up their first point in Group G with a 1-1 draw at home to Beijing Guoan on Wednesday night. Yu Dabao put the ...

Brisbane beats Urawa in ACL clash

Mar 4, 2015

Brisbane beats Urawa in ACL clash

Urawa Reds’ early season woes were compounded with a 1-0 home defeat to Brisbane Roar in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday night. Brandon Borrello struck the clincher early for Brisbane on another miserable night for 2007 champions Reds, who finished the game with ...

Otsu hoping to lead Reysol into ACL in return to club

Feb 16, 2015

Otsu hoping to lead Reysol into ACL in return to club

Yuki Otsu is hoping to mark his homecoming with a win when Kashiwa Reysol begin the post-Nelsinho era on Tuesday night against Chonburi in a playoff for the Asian Champions League. Kashiwa takes on the Thai Premier League runnersup for a place in the ...

Stielike warns South Korea not to end up like Japan, Federer

Jan 25, 2015

Stielike warns South Korea not to end up like Japan, Federer

South Korea coach Uli Stielike accepts his side’s status as favorites in Monday’s Asian Cup semifinal against Iraq, but the German has warned his players they must be on top of their game to avoid a similar fate to defending champions Japan — and ...

Japan reflects on loss

| Jan 24, 2015

Japan reflects on loss

AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda admitted defending champion Japan only had itself to blame for its quarterfinal defeat at the Asian Cup on Friday and put the team’s earlier-than-expected exit down to “naivety” and lack of a cutting edge in front of goal. In ...

Japan falls to UAE on penalty kicks in Asian Cup quarterfinals

Jan 23, 2015

Japan falls to UAE on penalty kicks in Asian Cup quarterfinals

Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa both missed penalties and Japan’s hopes of defending its Asian Cup title were shattered with a sudden-death 5-4 shootout defeat to the United Arab Emirates after a 1-1 extra-time draw in the quarterfinals on Friday. Japan fell behind to ...

Japan captain Hasebe shrugs off scheduling concerns

Jan 21, 2015

Japan captain Hasebe shrugs off scheduling concerns

Makoto Hasebe has called for Japan to show their champions’ pedigree and says Samurai Blue’s punishing fixture schedule should not be an excuse for slipping up against the United Arab Emirates in the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup. Japan cruised into the last eight ...