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Shibasaki goal sends Tenerife into promotion playoff final

Jun 19, 2017

Shibasaki goal sends Tenerife into promotion playoff final

Gaku Shibasaki netted a vital equalizer and steered Tenerife to the promotion playoff final in the Spanish second tier on Sunday as the club secured a 1-1 aggregate draw with Cadiz, enough to see it through. The former Kashima Antlers midfielder, who grabbed headlines ...

Mexico strikes late for draw against Portugal

Jun 19, 2017

Mexico strikes late for draw against Portugal

Title contenders Portugal and Mexico fought out an entertaining 2-2 draw in the Confederations Cup on Sunday, with each team scoring in the last five minutes. Portugal looked set for a late win when Cedric Soares scored with a deflected shot in the 86th ...

Russia delivers win for Putin to open Confederations Cup

Jun 18, 2017

Russia delivers win for Putin to open Confederations Cup

What Vladimir Putin wants, Vladimir Putin tends to get. The Russian president made it a national priority to win hosting rights for the 2018 World Cup in a fierce FIFA bidding contest seven years ago. On Saturday, Russia marched on toward hosting soccer’s biggest ...

Ronaldo looking to leave Real Madrid over tax row

Jun 17, 2017

Ronaldo looking to leave Real Madrid over tax row

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave the club and Spain after being accused of committing tax fraud in the country, a report in Portuguese sports daily A Bola said on Friday. The newspaper said its story was based on a reliable source ...

Shiotani embracing challenge of move to Al Ain

/ Jun 16, 2017

Shiotani embracing challenge of move to Al Ain

Defender Tsukasa Shiotani said Friday he is relishing the prospect of testing himself in the United Arab Emirates after securing a move to Al Ain from struggling Sanfrecce Hiroshima. The 28-year-old Shiotani, who has signed a two-year deal with the 2003 Asian Champions League ...

Man City's Jesus won't need eye surgery

Jun 15, 2017

Man City's Jesus won't need eye surgery

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus says he will not need surgery on his right eye socket, which was fractured by teammate Nicolas Otamendi. The 20-year-old Brazil international had to leave the pitch after an accidental collision with Argentina defender Otamendi in a match in ...

Jun 15, 2017

Southampton decides to part ways with Puel

Southampton fired Claude Puel on Wednesday after only one season in charge, with the manager unable to save his job despite leading the Premier League club to its first major final in almost four decades. In a short statement, the club gave no reason ...

/ Jun 15, 2017

Defender Shiotani headed to UAE's Al Ain

Sanfrecce Hiroshima defender Tsukasa Shiotani will join United Arab Emirates powerhouse Al Ain, the J. League team announced Thursday. Capped twice at the senior international level, the 28-year-old, who was one of three overage players on the Japan squad at last summer’s Rio Olympics, ...

Nadeshiko Japan draw with Belgium in friendly

/ Jun 14, 2017

Nadeshiko Japan draw with Belgium in friendly

Former women’s world champion Japan was held to a 1-1 draw against Belgium in an international friendly on Tuesday. Yuika Sugasawa put Japan ahead with a left-footed effort in the 69th minute, but Belgium quickly responded with a headed equalizer from Elke Van Gorp ...

Dembele winner lifts France past England

Jun 14, 2017

Dembele winner lifts France past England

Winger Ousmane Dembele scored the winner as 10-man France overcame a red card for Raphael Varane early in the second half to beat England 3-2 in a pulsating friendly on Tuesday. Teenage striker Kylian Mbappe set up the 20-year-old Dembele’s winner in the 78th ...