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Costa Rica routs U.S. in qualifying

Wave after wave of opponents kept overwhelming beleaguered and befuddled Americans. Only these players were Costa Ricans in red jerseys, not Brazilians in yellow or Italians in blue. With one of its worst performances in decades, the United States put itself in a deep — but not insurmountable — hole ...

Okazaki says Japan's days of dominance in Asia are over

Nov 14, 2016

Okazaki says Japan's days of dominance in Asia are over

Japan is no longer the dominant force of Asian soccer it once was and must be prepared to fight bare knuckle at continental level, Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki said on Sunday. Japan is third in Group B of Asia’s World Cup final qualifiers ...

Brazil 'not scared' of returning Messi

Nov 9, 2016

Brazil 'not scared' of returning Messi

Brazil players have made it clear they will not fear Argentina’s Lionel Messi when the two sides meet for their high-profile World Cup qualifier on Thursday. Messi’s return from injury prompted an exchange between the two sides on Tuesday after Argentina striker Lucas Pratto, ...

England held to draw in Slovenia

Oct 12, 2016

England held to draw in Slovenia

England labored to a 0-0 draw away to Slovenia on Tuesday in their 2018 World Cup qualifier with Wayne Rooney dropped to the bench, while title-holder Germany remained firmly on course for the finals. Manchester City reject Joe Hart produced three terrific saves to ...

Okazaki declares himself fit to face Australia

Oct 10, 2016

Okazaki declares himself fit to face Australia

Shinji Okazaki will play through the pain in his left ankle and has declared himself ready for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Australia. Okazaki missed training a day earlier with the injury he suffered in Thursday’s home win over Iraq, leading to the possibility ...

Postecoglou tips Cahill to inflict more misery on Japan

Oct 10, 2016

Postecoglou tips Cahill to inflict more misery on Japan

Australia is poised to unleash its Japan specialist Tim Cahill on the Samurai Blue on Tuesday, when the two Asian giants clash in a highly charged World Cup qualifier at the Etihad Stadium. The 36-year-old Cahill has tormented Japan over the years since the ...

Immobile rescues Italy with injury-time winner

Oct 10, 2016

Immobile rescues Italy with injury-time winner

Lazio striker Ciro Immobile grabbed an injury-time winner as four-time champion Italy snatched a 3-2 comeback win at Macedonia on Sunday, narrowly avoiding a World Cup qualifying embarrassment. Italy, which had needed a late penalty to salvage a point against Group G rival Spain ...

Oct 9, 2016

Kruse says Australia faces a 'massive game' against Japan

Australia will aim to reassert its presence as Asian champion by defeating Japan on Tuesday, when the confederation’s two heavyweights clash in an early showdown of the World Cup final qualifying round. The Socceroos under Ange Postecoglou have continued to build on their Asian ...

Halilhodzic toasts Japan after dramatic win over Iraq

Oct 7, 2016

Halilhodzic toasts Japan after dramatic win over Iraq

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National team manager Vahid Halilhodzic believes his players “deserve two glasses of champagne” after Thursday’s dramatic 2-1 World Cup-qualifying win over Iraq, but warned they will have to sharpen up at set pieces before they take on Australia on Tuesday. Hotaru Yamaguchi scored a ...