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Gamba, Jeonbuk draw in first leg of ACL quarters

Aug 26, 2015

Gamba, Jeonbuk draw in first leg of ACL quarters

Japanese treble winners Gamba Osaka stayed in the hunt for a second Asian Champions League crown after grinding out a 0-0 draw away to South Korea’s Jeonbuk Motors in the first leg of the their quarterfinal on Wednesday night. Jeonbuk, the 2006 champions, enjoyed ...

Valencia advances; Celtic slips up

Aug 26, 2015

Valencia advances; Celtic slips up

Valencia gave Spain a record five teams in the Champions League group phase after eliminating Monaco on Tuesday, while Swedish side Malmo rallied to oust Celtic in their playoff. Valencia advanced with a 4-3 aggregate score despite losing 2-1 at Monaco. The former two-time ...

Guangzhou Evergrande clobber Kashiwa Reysol

Aug 25, 2015

Guangzhou Evergrande clobber Kashiwa Reysol

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China’s Guangzhou Evergrande inflicted more Asian Champions League misery on Kashiwa Reysol with a resounding 3-1 win in the first leg of their quarterfinal on Tuesday night. Daisuke Suzuki gifted Guangzhou the lead when he headed into his own net after five minutes and ...

Aug 25, 2015

Stojkovic hired to lead Chinese team

Former Nagoya Grampus coach Dragan Stojkovic will manage Guangzhou R&F, the Chinese Super League club announced on Tuesday. Stojkovic’s contract runs to 2017. The former Yugoslavia international coached Nagoya for six seasons until 2013, winning the J. League title in 2010. The Paris-based Stojkovic ...

Cech rebounds in goal as Arsenal earns draw

Aug 25, 2015

Cech rebounds in goal as Arsenal earns draw

After Petr Cech’s opening-day blunders proved costly for Arsenal, the veteran goalkeeper demonstrated against Liverpool on Monday why he will be an asset rather than a liability for his new team. A 0-0 draw at home might seem frustrating for a side longing to ...

Japan manager Halilhodzic unhurt after car crash

Aug 24, 2015

Japan manager Halilhodzic unhurt after car crash

Japan manager Vahid Halilhodzic ran his car into a taxi on Monday morning but was unhurt, the Japan Football Association said. Halilhodzic was driving in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward when he collided with an empty cab, whose driver was also not injured. The damage to ...

Kagawa scores again for Dortmund

Aug 24, 2015

Kagawa scores again for Dortmund

Shinji Kagawa scored his first Budesliga goal of the season in Borussia Dortmund’s 4-0 win at Ingolstadt 04 on Sunday. Following up on his goal in the Europa League playoff on Thursday, Kagawa found the net with six minutes remaining to give Dortmund a ...

Pedro stars as Chelsea records first victory

Aug 24, 2015

Pedro stars as Chelsea records first victory

Pedro Rodriguez was signed by Chelsea to inject some life into the English champions after their lackluster start to the season. He only needed 30 minutes to do just that. The Spain forward scored one goal and set up another in his first half-hour ...

Aug 23, 2015

Inui linked with Spain move

Japan midfielder Takashi Inui looks set to leave Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt to join Spanish first-division side SD Eibar, according to a report Saturday in the online edition of German paper Frankfurter Rundschau. Frankfurt sporting director Bruno Hubner was quoted as saying that Inui ...

United held by Newcastle; Bournemouth gets first victory

Aug 23, 2015

United held by Newcastle; Bournemouth gets first victory

As Wayne Rooney went a 10th game without scoring for Manchester United, an English striker did manage to score a hat trick on Saturday: Callum Wilson of Bournemouth. It was a landmark treble for the player and his team — both newcomers to the ...

Muto leads Reds to third consecutive triumph

Aug 22, 2015

Muto leads Reds to third consecutive triumph

Japan international Yuki Muto scored and assisted against his former club as Urawa Reds rolled to their third straight victory with a 3-1 win over Vegalta Sendai in the J. League second stage on Saturday. Muto, one of the few bright spots for Japan’s ...

Aug 22, 2015

Neymar making preparations for late start to season

Brazilian star Neymar will miss Barcelona’s first La Liga game of the season despite returning to training for the first time in two weeks on Saturday. The 23-year-old has been suffering from mumps and Barca boss Luis Enrique believes it could be some time ...