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Okazaki declares himself fit to face Australia

Oct 10, 2016

Okazaki declares himself fit to face Australia

Shinji Okazaki will play through the pain in his left ankle and has declared himself ready for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Australia. Okazaki missed training a day earlier with the injury he suffered in Thursday’s home win over Iraq, leading to the possibility ...

Postecoglou tips Cahill to inflict more misery on Japan

Oct 10, 2016

Postecoglou tips Cahill to inflict more misery on Japan

Australia is poised to unleash its Japan specialist Tim Cahill on the Samurai Blue on Tuesday, when the two Asian giants clash in a highly charged World Cup qualifier at the Etihad Stadium. The 36-year-old Cahill has tormented Japan over the years since the ...

Immobile rescues Italy with injury-time winner

Oct 10, 2016

Immobile rescues Italy with injury-time winner

Lazio striker Ciro Immobile grabbed an injury-time winner as four-time champion Italy snatched a 3-2 comeback win at Macedonia on Sunday, narrowly avoiding a World Cup qualifying embarrassment. Italy, which had needed a late penalty to salvage a point against Group G rival Spain ...

Oct 9, 2016

Kruse says Australia faces a 'massive game' against Japan

Australia will aim to reassert its presence as Asian champion by defeating Japan on Tuesday, when the confederation’s two heavyweights clash in an early showdown of the World Cup final qualifying round. The Socceroos under Ange Postecoglou have continued to build on their Asian ...

Halilhodzic toasts Japan after dramatic win over Iraq

Oct 7, 2016

Halilhodzic toasts Japan after dramatic win over Iraq

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National team manager Vahid Halilhodzic believes his players “deserve two glasses of champagne” after Thursday’s dramatic 2-1 World Cup-qualifying win over Iraq, but warned they will have to sharpen up at set pieces before they take on Australia on Tuesday. Hotaru Yamaguchi scored a ...

Japan confident of rebounding against Thailand

Sep 5, 2016

Japan confident of rebounding against Thailand

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic believes his players have the quality and experience to get their World Cup qualification back on track with a win against Group B outsider Thailand at Bangkok’s Rajamangala National Stadium on Tuesday. Japan is under pressure to rebound from a ...

Asano blames self for 'ghost goal' against UAE

Sep 5, 2016

Asano blames self for 'ghost goal' against UAE

Stuttgart striker Takuma Asano has bizarrely blamed himself for the goal that never was in Japan’s shock 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat against the United Arab Emirates last week. Now the striker, who recently represented Japan at the Rio Olympics, wants to take out ...

Thai coach Kiatisuk expecting Japanese backlash

Sep 4, 2016

Thai coach Kiatisuk expecting Japanese backlash

A wounded animal can be a dangerous beast and Thailand coach Kiatisuk Senamuang is expecting a fierce backlash from Japan when the two teams meet in Bangkok on Tuesday in a final-round Asian qualifier for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Japan is still ...