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Apr 8, 2015

Bhutan praying for dream Japan tie

When the second round draw for Asian World Cup qualifying takes place in Kuala Lumpur next week, fans, players and officials in the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan will be praying for one outcome. “The people here want Japan because most of the youth ...

Takasaki steers Antlers to dramatic victory with late goal

Apr 7, 2015

Takasaki steers Antlers to dramatic victory with late goal

Kashima Antlers lived to see another day in the Asian Champions League thanks to substitute Hiroyuki Takasaki’s last-gasp header that gave them a 2-1 win over Guangzhou Evergrande on Tuesday. A first-half Yasushi Endo penalty pushed Toninho Cerezo’s men in front, but 2013 champion ...

Apr 7, 2015

Tosu's Kim receives four-game ban

The J. League on Tuesday suspended Sagan Tosu defender Kim Min-hyeok for four games for stomping on fallen Kashima Antlers player Mu Kanazaki last Friday. Kim will miss the league games on April 12 and 18 as well as the Nabisco Cup matches on ...

Apr 7, 2015

Manchester City's title hopes fading

Manchester City fell further out of title contention by losing 2-1 to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Monday, dropping to fourth in the standings and all but surrendering its championship defense. Glen Murray and Jason Puncheon put Palace 2-0 ahead by the ...

'King Kazu' rewrites scoring record

Apr 5, 2015

'King Kazu' rewrites scoring record

Former Japanese international Kazuyoshi Miura broke his own record as the J. League’s oldest scorer with a header for Yokohama FC in a 3-2 defeat to Jubilo Iwata in the second division on Sunday. Miura scored at the age of 48 years, one month ...

Moriwaki's 85th-minute goal sinks Yamaga

Apr 4, 2015

Moriwaki's 85th-minute goal sinks Yamaga

Ryota Moriwaki scored the lone goal in the dying minutes as Urawa Reds defeated Matsumoto Yamaga 1-0 to remain unbeaten after four games in the J. League on Saturday. Urawa nearly had to settle for a point from a contest it largely dominated — ...

Apr 4, 2015

Milan's Honda out with foot injury

Japan Midfielder Keisuke Honda Will Miss Ac Milan’s Serie A Game Away To Palermo On Saturday Due To A Foot Injury, Milan Boss Filippo Inzaghi Said Friday. Inzaghi said Honda suffered a sprained left ankle in training on Thursday and expects him to be ...

Gamba's Usami scores pair in triumph over Grampus

Apr 3, 2015

Gamba's Usami scores pair in triumph over Grampus

In-form striker Takashi Usami capped a memorable week with a brace as Japanese treble winners Gamba Osaka defeated visiting Nagoya Grampus 3-1 in the J. League on Friday night. Usami, who opened his Japan account on Tuesday in a 5-1 friendly win over Uzbekistan ...

Halilhodzic warns against complacency after big win

Apr 1, 2015

Halilhodzic warns against complacency after big win

by Andrew Mckirdy

New national team manager Vahid Halilhodzic hailed his players’ efforts after Tuesday’s 5-1 thrashing of Uzbekistan, but warned they will have to prove themselves all over again when he picks his next squad. Japan routed the Central Asians at Ajinomoto Stadium to give Halilhodzic ...

Townsend saves draw for England

Apr 1, 2015

Townsend saves draw for England

Andros Townsend scored a late equalizer as England held Italy to a 1-1 draw in an international friendly at the Juventus Stadium on Tuesday. Substitute Townsend leveled 11 minutes from time to cancel out Graziano Pelle’s first-half opener after Italy had dominated the opening ...