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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 ...

Nov 1, 2014

Neymar to play at Rio Games in 2016

Brazil captain Neymar will be part of the home nation’s Olympic soccer squad at the Rio Games in 2016, the team’s coach, Alexandre Gallo, said Friday. “I’ll be calling up three players over 23, well, two in fact, as one of those will be ...

Rooney fit to play in derby

Nov 1, 2014

Rooney fit to play in derby

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been passed fit for the Manchester derby on Sunday, manager Louis van Gaal said on Friday. However, Radamel Falcao has been ruled out of the clash with reigning Premier League champion Manchester City. Van Gaal dismissed reports England ...

Oct 29, 2014

Nadeshiko beats Canada in friendly

Aya Sameshima struck in the 93rd minute of the team’s final game of the year Tuesday as Nadeshiko Japan defeated Canada 3-2 in a friendly. Sameshima robbed defender Emily Zurrer in the final minute of injury time before holding her nerve to beat goalkeeper ...

Oct 29, 2014

Kagawa scores in Dortmund victory

Shinji Kagawa scored his second goal since returning to Borussia Dortmund in a 3-0 second-round win over St. Pauli in the German Cup on Tuesday. Kagawa set up Ciro Immobile’s opener in the 33rd minute and after Marco Reus doubled the lead in the ...

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 ...

Van Gaal slams 'stupid' Van Persie for booking

Oct 27, 2014

Van Gaal slams 'stupid' Van Persie for booking

Louis van Gaal labeled compatriot Robin van Persie “stupid” after his celebrations in scoring a dramatic late equalizer for Manchester United in its 1-1 draw at home to Premier League leader Chelsea saw the experienced Dutch striker booked. Van Gaal looked on course to ...

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 ...

Oct 26, 2014

Nadeshiko Japan outplays Canada

Defending World Cup champion Nadeshiko Japan defeated Canada 3-0 in a friendly on Saturday behind goals from Yuki Ogimi, Yuri Kawamura and Nahomi Kawasumi. Ogimi put Japan in front in the ninth minute at Commonwealth Stadium after getting a pass from Shinobu Ono. Kawamura ...

Oct 25, 2014

Kawasumi stunned by nomination

Nadeshiko Japan striker Nahomi Kawasumi was shocked by her nomination for the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year award on Friday. Japan captain Aya Miyama was also in the shortlist of 10, with Norio Sasaki being nominated for the World Coach of the Year ...