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Japan's players rally around fined Honda

Jan 18, 2015

Japan's players rally around fined Honda

by Gus Fielding

Several of Japan’s senior players have leapt to the defense of Keisuke Honda and expressed their shock Sunday at the $5,000 fine the AC Milan midfielder has been handed by the Asian Football Confederation’s disciplinary committee for critical comments about refereeing at the Asian ...

Chelsea trounces Swansea

Jan 18, 2015

Chelsea trounces Swansea

Chelsea routed Swansea 5-0 for the leader’s biggest win of the Premier League season on Saturday, while Manchester United produced only its third away success of the campaign at Queens Park Rangers. Diego Costa and Oscar both scored twice before Andre Schuerrle completed Swansea’s ...

S. Korea scores surprise victory over Australia in Asian Cup

Jan 18, 2015

S. Korea scores surprise victory over Australia in Asian Cup

South Korea upset Australia 1-0 at the Asian Cup on Saturday to top the Group A standings and secure a potentially easier path to the final while leaving the host nation facing a treacherous route. Striker Lee Jeong-hyeop scored a perfectly executed goal in ...

Jan 18, 2015

Honda, Queiroz fined for outbursts

Japan’s star playmaker Keisuke Honda and Iran coach Carlos Queiroz have been hit with thousands of dollars in fines for criticizing referees in outbursts at the Asian Cup. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) slapped Honda with a $5,000 fine after complaining that Japan’s opener ...

Kagawa recalls Kobe earthquake

Jan 17, 2015

Kagawa recalls Kobe earthquake

by Gus Fielding

Twenty years on to the day, Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa on Saturday recalled the terrifying moment a massive earthquake struck his hometown of Kobe and said he hopes charity soccer matches will continue to be held to commemorate the disaster that claimed the lives ...

Honda not satisfied after win

Jan 17, 2015

Honda not satisfied after win

Keisuke Honda has vowed to atone for a raft of missed opportunities in Japan’s 1-0 win over Iraq at the Asian Cup on Friday night. Honda scored from the penalty spot for the second game in a row as the defending champions seized control ...

Endo gets 150th cap in Japan win

Jan 17, 2015

Endo gets 150th cap in Japan win

Yasuhito Endo reacted with mock horror after learning he had tied German superstar Lothar Matthaeus by winning his 150th cap in his country’s 1-0 Asian Cup victory over Iraq. The 34-year-old midfielder, given his international debut by Brazilian Zico in 2002, is expected to ...

Aldaradreh scores four times as Jordan routs Palestine

Jan 16, 2015

Aldaradreh scores four times as Jordan routs Palestine

Hamza Aldaradreh’s dominating four-goal performance against Palestine has given Jordan coach Ray Wilkins a selection dilemma ahead of his team’s must-win final group match against Japan. Man of the match Hamza became just the fourth player to score four goals in an Asian Cup ...