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Frontale stay afloat in Nabisco Cup

May 25, 2016

Frontale stay afloat in Nabisco Cup

A brace from little-used Shohei Otsuka just kept Kawasaki alive in the Nabisco Cup as Frontale defeated Group B leaders Vegalta Sendai 2-1 on Wednesday. Otsuka opened the scoring in the 43rd minute before doubling Kawasaki’s lead early in the second half. Substitute Ramon ...

Wako header gives Reysol triumph over Avispa

May 21, 2016

Wako header gives Reysol triumph over Avispa

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Naoki Wako scored an 86th-minute header to give Kashiwa Reysol a roller-coaster 3-2 win over Avispa Fukuoka on Saturday. Reysol looked to be in complete control after Kosuke Taketomi had given them a sixth-minute lead at Hitachi Stadium, only for Avispa to stun the ...

Holders Antlers crash out of Nabsico Cup

May 18, 2016

Holders Antlers crash out of Nabsico Cup

Holders Kashima Antlers were knocked out of the Nabisco Cup on Wednesday after going down 3-2 at home to Shonan Bellmare. Kashima’s defeat was its third of the group phase and left it eight points behind Group A leaders Omiya Ardija and seven behind ...

May 18, 2016

Jubilo sign Greece defender Papadopoulos

Jubilo Iwata have signed Australia-born Greece defender Avraam Papadopoulos, the J. League first-division club announced Wednesday. The 184-cm 31-year-old played in the World Cup in 2010 and European Championship in 2012 for Greece while at Olympiakos. He was with China’s Shanghai Shenhua last year. ...

Okubo scores twice as Frontale moves atop J. League

May 14, 2016

Okubo scores twice as Frontale moves atop J. League

In-form striker Yoshito Okubo scored twice to help fire Kawasaki Frontale back to the top of the J. League first division with a 3-1 come-from-behind win at home against 10-man Vissel Kobe on Saturday. Okubo, the all-time leading scorer in the Japanese top flight ...

Endo leads Gamba past Jubilo

May 13, 2016

Endo leads Gamba past Jubilo

Veteran Yasuhito Endo scored the winner with his first goal of the season as Gamba Osaka came from behind to secure a 2-1 home win over Jubilo Iwata on Friday in the J. League. Gamba, who had lost their last five games in all ...

Okubo strikes as Kawasaki keeps pressure on Urawa

May 8, 2016

Okubo strikes as Kawasaki keeps pressure on Urawa

Yoshito Okubo scored one goal and assisted another as Kawasaki Frontale stayed right on the tail of J. League leaders Urawa Reds with a 3-1 victory at red-hot Kashiwa Reysol on Sunday. Eduardo Neto netted his first goal in Japan for Kawasaki, which improved ...

Endo aiming for medal in Rio

May 7, 2016

Endo aiming for medal in Rio

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Urawa Reds defender Wataru Endo is expecting a feisty atmosphere in his first Saitama derby against Omiya Ardija on Sunday. But the Japan Under-23 captain knows the stakes will be even higher at the Rio Olympics this summer. Urawa takes on Omiya with both ...

May 3, 2016

Albirex forward Silva sidelined with muscle strain

Brazilian forward Rafael Silva is expected to miss six weeks due to a muscle strain, J. League first-division side Albirex Niigata said Tuesday. The 24-year-old Silva strained his left calf muscle in Saturday’s 2-2 home draw against Ventforet Kofu and left the game in ...

May 2, 2016

Japan, Australia deepen soccer ties

Australia and Japan on Monday pledged closer ties between the A-League and the J. League, inking an agreement to share technical, marketing and administrative expertise. The deal paves the way for matches at elite youth level between Australian and Japanese clubs and encourages loan ...