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Wako header gives Reysol triumph over Avispa

May 21, 2016

Wako header gives Reysol triumph over Avispa

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Naoki Wako scored an 86th-minute header to give Kashiwa Reysol a roller-coaster 3-2 win over Avispa Fukuoka on Saturday. Reysol looked to be in complete control after Kosuke Taketomi had given them a sixth-minute lead at Hitachi Stadium, only for Avispa to stun the ...

May 21, 2016

UEFA charges Liverpool, Sevilla

UEFA has opened disciplinary cases against Liverpool and Sevilla after fans fought in a poorly segregated section of the stadium before the Europa League final on Wednesday. Rival fans in neighboring blocks of seats clashed behind one goal 30 minutes before kickoff. Only then ...

May 20, 2016

Beckham backs Real manager Zidane, calls for patience at club

David Beckham believes Real Madrid should give his former teammate at the club, Zinedine Zidane, time to succeed even if the French great fails to inspire it to victory in the Champions League final later this month. Zidane fell just short of steering the ...

May 19, 2016

JFA to donate ¥25 million to Kumamoto Prefecture

The Japan Football Association said Thursday a revenue of ¥25 million ($227,250) raised from this month’s charity match between Japan’s Under-23 team and Ghana will be donated to quake-hit Kumamoto Prefecture. Japan’s U-23s won 3-0 last week in Tosu, in nearby Saga Prefecture, almost ...

Nagatomo pleased with season at Inter

May 19, 2016

Nagatomo pleased with season at Inter

Inter Milan defender Yuto Nagatomo said he was pleased to have proved a point in winning a new three-year contract with the Serie A powerhouse as he arrived back in Japan on Thursday. Nagatomo found it tough breaking into Roberto Mancini’s plans early in ...

Sevilla stuns Liverpool to retain Europa League crown

May 19, 2016

Sevilla stuns Liverpool to retain Europa League crown

Spain did it again, Sevilla did it again and Liverpool could do little to turn the tide as a Europa League title slipped away on Wednesday. Sevilla’s thrilling second-half comeback in a 3-1 win ensured the club’s third straight Europa League title, and a ...

Holders Antlers crash out of Nabsico Cup

May 18, 2016

Holders Antlers crash out of Nabsico Cup

Holders Kashima Antlers were knocked out of the Nabisco Cup on Wednesday after going down 3-2 at home to Shonan Bellmare. Kashima’s defeat was its third of the group phase and left it eight points behind Group A leaders Omiya Ardija and seven behind ...

Ugajin strike puts Urawa in driving seat against Seoul

May 18, 2016

Ugajin strike puts Urawa in driving seat against Seoul

Urawa Reds edged FC Seoul 1-0 at home in the first leg of the round of 16 in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday night. Midfielder Tomoya Ugajin scored with a sensational strike to give Reds a first-half lead they would hold on to ...

May 18, 2016

Jubilo sign Greece defender Papadopoulos

Jubilo Iwata have signed Australia-born Greece defender Avraam Papadopoulos, the J. League first-division club announced Wednesday. The 184-cm 31-year-old played in the World Cup in 2010 and European Championship in 2012 for Greece while at Olympiakos. He was with China’s Shanghai Shenhua last year. ...

Mizunuma brace carries FC Tokyo past Shanghai SIPG

May 17, 2016

Mizunuma brace carries FC Tokyo past Shanghai SIPG

Kota Mizunuma scored twice as FC Tokyo beat Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG 2-1 at home in the first leg of the last 16 of the Asian Champions League on Tuesday night. Mizunuma opened the scoring late in the first half with a ...