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Umesaki sends Reds into Nabisco Cup quarters

May 28, 2014

Umesaki sends Reds into Nabisco Cup quarters

Urawa Reds secured their place in the last eight of the Nabisco Cup on Wednesday after a 2-1 win away to Ventforet Kofu. Daisuke Nasu put Reds in front after eight minutes at Yamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium before Cristiano leveled in the 53rd for ...

Kobe halts Shimizu's perfect Nabisco Cup run

May 24, 2014

Kobe halts Shimizu's perfect Nabisco Cup run

Vissel Kobe ended Shimizu S-Pulse’s perfect start to the Nabisco Cup campaign with a 2-1 away win on Saturday. Jung Woo-young opened the scoring for Kobe shortly after the half hour. Milivoje Novakovic equalized on the other side of halftime in the 63rd minute, ...

Solid base puts Urawa top at break

May 21, 2014

Solid base puts Urawa top at break

by Andrew Mckirdy

There is no prize for heading into the J. League’s World Cup shutdown in first place, but Urawa Reds can at least savor the view from the top of the table for the next two months. Urawa beat Cerezo Osaka 1-0 on Saturday to ...

May 20, 2014

Manchester City reveals plan to invest in Yokohama F. Marinos

Manchester City’s holding company, City Football Group (CFG), will become a minority shareholder in Yokohama F. Marinos in the first significant foreign investment in a J.League club, officials said Tuesday. Nissan Motor Co., the main shareholder, said in a statement the partnership has been ...

Okubo falls flat as Frontale lose to Marinos

May 18, 2014

Okubo falls flat as Frontale lose to Marinos

Japan striker Yoshito Okubo fired blanks in his final J. League game before the World Cup as Kawasaki Frontale were soundly beaten 3-0 by Yokohama F. Marinos in the Kanagawa derby on Sunday. The J. League heads into the break for the June 12-July ...

Sekine strike helps Reds sink Cerezo

May 17, 2014

Sekine strike helps Reds sink Cerezo

by Andrew Mckirdy

Teenager Takahiro Sekine scored seven minutes after coming on as a substitute to send Urawa Reds into the J. League summer break on top of the table after a 1-0 win over Cerezo Osaka on Saturday. A crowd of 54,350 showed up at Saitama ...

Sagan beat Marinos to retain top spot

May 10, 2014

Sagan beat Marinos to retain top spot

by Gus Fielding

First-half goals from Kim Min-woo and Kei Ikeda ensured surprise leaders Sagan Tosu retained top spot in the J. League with a 2-1 win at Yokohama F. Marinos on Saturday. Kim and Ikeda gave Tosu a two-goal cushion after 16 minutes and Yoon Jong-hwan’s ...

May 10, 2014

Tosu beats Marinos to stay top of table

Sagan Tosu maintained their lead in the J. League with a 2-1 win over Yokohama F. Marinos on Saturday, with Kim Min-woo and Kei Ikeda scoring first-half goals. Kim opened the scoring in the ninth minute and Ikeda doubled the lead six minutes later ...

Kudo goal gives Reysol triumph over Antlers

May 3, 2014

Kudo goal gives Reysol triumph over Antlers

by Andrew Mckirdy

Masato Kudo scored on the stroke of halftime as Kashiwa Reysol scalped J. League leaders Kashima Antlers 1-0 on Saturday to pick up their third straight win. Both teams went into the match at Hitachi Stadium having claimed back-to-back victories over the busy Golden ...

May 3, 2014

Reysol release star Domingues

Kashiwa Reysol have terminated their contract with 2011 J. League MVP Leandro Domingues for disciplinary reasons, sources said Saturday. The sources also said the 30-year-old Domingues is already fielding several offers from other J1 teams, with Nagoya Grampus among those being linked by Brazilian ...