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/ 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 ...

Brazil strikes in first minute, pounds Australia

Jun 13, 2017

Brazil strikes in first minute, pounds Australia

Diego Souza scored after 12 seconds and again in the last minute as Brazil beat Confederations Cup-bound Australia 4-0 in an international friendly on Tuesday. The Brazilians swooped quickly in front of almost 49,000 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground when Australia defender Bailey ...

Jun 13, 2017

Iran seals position for 2018 World Cup

Iran became the second team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup by beating Uzbekistan 2-0 on Monday. It is the first time Iran has qualified for consecutive World Cups, and will be its fifth appearance in total. Sardar Azmoun scored in the 23rd ...

/ Jun 12, 2017

Yamaguchi in doubt for World Cup qualifier

Japan midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi remains doubtful for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Iraq due to a lower right leg injury. In searing heat topping 35 degrees C in the Iranian capital, Yamaguchi on Sunday continued to train apart from the team with persistent pain ...

England beats Venezuela to win Under-20 World Cup

Jun 11, 2017

England beats Venezuela to win Under-20 World Cup

A first-half goal from Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave England a 1-0 win over Venezuela in the 2017 Under-20 World Cup final at Suwon World Cup Stadium on Sunday and a first global title since 1966. The Everton striker made the difference, though goalkeeper Freddie Woodman ...

Kane rescues point for England against Scotland

/ Jun 11, 2017

Kane rescues point for England against Scotland

While Harry Kane didn’t contribute to the glut of hat tricks in European qualifying for the World Cup, the England striker grabbed a crucial equalizer in a chaotic finale against Scotland on Saturday. A dramatic final six minutes in Group F at Hampden Park ...

/ Jun 10, 2017

Nadeshiko beat Dutch in friendly

Former women’s world champion Japan defeated the Netherlands 1-0 away in an international friendly on Friday night. Three minutes after coming off the bench, Kumi Yokoyama struck what proved to be the winner in the second half and Asako Takakura’s side withstood a late ...