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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 ...

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

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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 ...

Suzuki strikes late to rescue point for Reysol

Mar 13, 2015

Suzuki strikes late to rescue point for Reysol

Daisuke Suzuki grabbed a last-ditch equalizer to rescue a point for Kashiwa Reysol in a 1-1 draw at home to 10-man Vegalta Sendai in the J. League first division on Friday night. Defender Hirofumi Watanabe looked to have sealed victory for the visitors on ...

Omae double helps S-Pulse to win over Antlers

Mar 8, 2015

Omae double helps S-Pulse to win over Antlers

Genki Omae struck in each half as Shimizu S-Pulse defeated Kashima Antlers 3-1 to open their J. League season with a victory on Sunday. Captain and former Antler Takuya Honda netted the decisive second for Katsumi Oenoki’s side, which barely survived relegation last season ...

Frontale dominate opener against F. Marinos

Mar 7, 2015

Frontale dominate opener against F. Marinos

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J. League Frontale 3 Marinos 1 Kawasaki Frontale turned on the style to open the new J. League season with a 3-1 win over local rivals Yokohama F. Marinos on Saturday. New Brazilian signing Elsinho gave Frontale the lead after just three minutes in ...

Mar 6, 2015

Striker Kurobe announces retirement

Former Japan striker Teruaki Kurobe announced his retirement on his official website on Friday, his 37th birthday. “I have had the support of many different people over 15 years as a pro and all I can say is that I am grateful to the ...