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Takasaki steers Antlers to dramatic victory with late goal

Apr 7, 2015

Takasaki steers Antlers to dramatic victory with late goal

Kashima Antlers lived to see another day in the Asian Champions League thanks to substitute Hiroyuki Takasaki’s last-gasp header that gave them a 2-1 win over Guangzhou Evergrande on Tuesday. A first-half Yasushi Endo penalty pushed Toninho Cerezo’s men in front, but 2013 champion ...

Apr 7, 2015

Tosu's Kim receives four-game ban

The J. League on Tuesday suspended Sagan Tosu defender Kim Min-hyeok for four games for stomping on fallen Kashima Antlers player Mu Kanazaki last Friday. Kim will miss the league games on April 12 and 18 as well as the Nabisco Cup matches on ...

'King Kazu' rewrites scoring record

Apr 5, 2015

'King Kazu' rewrites scoring record

Former Japanese international Kazuyoshi Miura broke his own record as the J. League’s oldest scorer with a header for Yokohama FC in a 3-2 defeat to Jubilo Iwata in the second division on Sunday. Miura scored at the age of 48 years, one month ...

Moriwaki's 85th-minute goal sinks Yamaga

Apr 4, 2015

Moriwaki's 85th-minute goal sinks Yamaga

Ryota Moriwaki scored the lone goal in the dying minutes as Urawa Reds defeated Matsumoto Yamaga 1-0 to remain unbeaten after four games in the J. League on Saturday. Urawa nearly had to settle for a point from a contest it largely dominated — ...

Gamba's Usami scores pair in triumph over Grampus

Apr 3, 2015

Gamba's Usami scores pair in triumph over Grampus

In-form striker Takashi Usami capped a memorable week with a brace as Japanese treble winners Gamba Osaka defeated visiting Nagoya Grampus 3-1 in the J. League on Friday night. Usami, who opened his Japan account on Tuesday in a 5-1 friendly win over Uzbekistan ...

Marinos outplay S-Pulse in Nabisco Cup match

Mar 28, 2015

Marinos outplay S-Pulse in Nabisco Cup match

Yokohama F. Marinos got the rub of the green and defeated Shimizu S-Pulse 2-0 to post their first win in Group B in the Nabisco Cup on Saturday. Yokohama was second best in all departments until an own goal from Shimizu defender Yasuhiro Hiraoka ...

Nadeshiko League raring to go in World Cup year

Mar 23, 2015

Nadeshiko League raring to go in World Cup year

by Kaz Nagatsuka

With the Women’s World Cup taking place in June, Japanese women’s soccer is entering a key year and hopes are high. The domestic Nadeshiko League gets under way this weekend across the nation, with the captains and managers of the 10 first-division clubs speaking ...

Grampus striker Kawamata puts on show for Halilhodzic

Mar 18, 2015

Grampus striker Kawamata puts on show for Halilhodzic

Nagoya Grampus striker Kengo Kawamata stated his case to new Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic with a brace in a 3-1 win against Kawasaki Frontale in the Nabisco Cup on Wednesday. Under the gaze of Halilhodzic who was among the crowd at new-look Todoroki Stadium, ...

Wako header carries Reysol past Shandong in stoppage time

Mar 17, 2015

Wako header carries Reysol past Shandong in stoppage time

Naoki Wako’s stoppage-time header gave Kashiwa Reysol a nail-biting 2-1 win over Shandong Luneng in Group E of the Asian Champions League on Tuesday. Kosuke Taketomi opened the scoring for Kashiwa midway through the first half before Walter Montillo restored parity shortly after the ...

Abe strikes late as Reds top Montedio

Mar 14, 2015

Abe strikes late as Reds top Montedio

by Andrew Mckirdy

Captain Yuki Abe slammed home an 83rd-minute piledriver to give Urawa Reds maximum points from their opening two games of the J. League season with a 1-0 win over Montedio Yamagata on Saturday. Reds, who blew a five-point lead with three games remaining to ...