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Reds beat Marinos to move to brink of J. League title

Nov 3, 2014

Reds beat Marinos to move to brink of J. League title

Urawa Reds are a win away from capturing their second J. League championship after defeating Yokohama F. Marinos 1-0, thanks to a second-half strike by 19-year-old substitute Takahiro Sekine on Monday. The victory pushed former Asian champions Reds on to 61 points with three ...

Nov 3, 2014

Vissel manager Adachi to step down

Vissel Kobe announced Monday that manager Ryo Adachi will step down from the helm with the expiration of his contract this season. A successor for the 45-year-old Adachi has yet to be determined. Adachi was promoted from head coach to manager of Vissel in ...

S-Pulse stay afloat by beating Frontale

Nov 2, 2014

S-Pulse stay afloat by beating Frontale

by Andrew Mckirdy

Substitute Kazuya Murata injected dramatic new life into Shimizu S-Pulse’s J1 survival bid with a 90th-minute goal to seal a 3-2 win over Kawasaki Frontale on Sunday. S-Pulse — who have been ever present in the top flight since the J. League began in ...

Oct 27, 2014

Reds' Koroki breaks fibula

Urawa Reds’ run at their second J. League championship took a hit as their top scorer Shinzo Koroki was diagnosed with a fractured fibula, the J1 leaders said Monday. Koroki suffered the injury when he was kicked by Kashima Antlers’ Daigo Nishi in Sunday’s ...

Cerezo, Marinos settle for scoreless draw

Oct 26, 2014

Cerezo, Marinos settle for scoreless draw

by Andrew Mckirdy

Cerezo Osaka failed to seize the initiative in their fight against relegation after being held to a 0-0 draw by Yokohama F. Marinos on Sunday. Cerezo, who began the season widely touted as title favorites after signing star Uruguyan striker Diego Forlan over the ...

Reysol end Gamba's winning streak

Oct 22, 2014

Reysol end Gamba's winning streak

Gamba Osaka’s seven-game win streak came to a screeching halt in a last-gasp 1-0 defeat to Kashiwa Reysol as the former Asian champions tripped up in the J. League title race on Wednesday. Substitute Tetsuro Ota again scored a 90th-minute winner for Reysol, who ...

Oct 21, 2014

Knee injury ends Davi's season

Kashima Antlers forward Davi will miss the rest of the J. League season after being ruled out for eight months with a damaged anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee, the team said Monday. Davi suffered the injury during the second half ...

Oct 17, 2014

Ex-J.Leaguer Oku dies in car accident

Former J.League player Daisuke Oku died at a hospital early Friday after crashing his car into a roadside utility pole in Okinawa Prefecture. According to local police, 38-year-old Oku had veered into the opposite lane before slamming into the pole on Miyako Island, where ...

JEF stuns Cerezo to reach Emperor's Cup semis

Oct 15, 2014

JEF stuns Cerezo to reach Emperor's Cup semis

J. League second-division playoff hopefuls JEF United Chiba reached the semifinals of the Emperor’s Cup with a 1-0 win away to top-flight Cerezo Osaka on Wednesday night. Masakazu Tashiro struck the clincher early in the second half to book Takashi Sekizuka’s side a meeting ...

Sanfrecce, Gamba to square off in Nabisco Cup final

Oct 12, 2014

Sanfrecce, Gamba to square off in Nabisco Cup final

by Gus Fielding

Reigning J. League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima reached the final of the Nabisco Cup despite a 2-1 second-leg defeat to holders Kashiwa Reysol on Sunday. Leandro struck twice as Reysol erased their two-goal, first-leg deficit, but Naoki Ishihara rifled home with 16 minutes left to ...