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Japan beats Honduras in final Under-20 World Cup warm-up

Japan won its last preparatory game ahead of the Under-20 World Cup on Monday, coming from behind to beat Honduras 3-2 in a friendly at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa. Koki Ogawa headed in the opener from a Daisuke Sakai corner in the 15th minute but slack defending saw Honduras level on ...

Thailand hoping to frustrate Japan in World Cup qualifier

/ Mar 27, 2017

Thailand hoping to frustrate Japan in World Cup qualifier

Thailand will go for broke against Japan in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier with hopes of reproducing Singapore’s epic draw at Saitama Stadium in the previous qualifying round. “We have nothing to lose,” Thai coach Kiatisuk Senamuang said on Monday. “We have the heart and ...

Kagawa taking nothing for granted under Halilhodzic

/ Mar 26, 2017

Kagawa taking nothing for granted under Halilhodzic

Shinji Kagawa may have returned to the starting lineup for Japan in Thursday’s win over the United Arab Emirates, but the Dortmund midfielder feels far from certain about his place in the first team. Following training on Sunday for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against ...

Bulgaria deals Dutch World Cup setback

/ Mar 26, 2017

Bulgaria deals Dutch World Cup setback

The Netherlands’ hopes of reaching the World Cup finals suffered a major setback on Saturday when the three-time runner-up slumped to a shock 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria. The loss left the Dutch six points behind Group A leader France, which beat Luxembourg 3-1, and ...

/ Mar 20, 2017

Kagawa confident Japan can cope without Hasebe

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Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa believes Japan has enough strength in depth to cover for Makoto Hasebe if the national team captain is forced, as expected, to sit out Thursday’s World Cup qualifier away to the United Arab Emirates. Hasebe arrived in the UAE ...