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United, Ajax squeeze into Europa League final

May 12, 2017

United, Ajax squeeze into Europa League final

Manchester United survived a sizeable scare to reach its first Europa League final after a nervy 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo on Thursday completed a 2-1 aggregate victory. Jose Mourinho’s side will play a youthful Ajax team in the final at Stockholm’s Friends Arena ...

Struggling Albirex name Lopes new manager

/ May 11, 2017

Struggling Albirex name Lopes new manager

Albirex Niigata on Thursday announced the appointment of former Japan striker Wagner Lopes as manager of the J. League first-division strugglers. The Brazilian-born Lopes, 48, replaces Fumitake Miura. Miura stepped down having been placed on leave after he offered to resign as manager following ...

/ May 11, 2017

Gamba fined ¥2 million over fans' Nazi banner

The J. League said Thursday it has slapped Gamba Osaka with a ¥2 million ($17,500) fine and issued a severe reprimand after a group of the club’s supporters hoisted a banner with a logo resembling a Nazi Schutzstaffel (SS) symbol during a match last ...

Kashima beats Muangthong to rise to top spot in ACL group

May 10, 2017

Kashima beats Muangthong to rise to top spot in ACL group

Yuma Suzuki scored twice as Kashima Antlers beat Thailand’s Muangthong United 2-1 at home on Wednesday night to book a meeting with Chinese powerhouse Guangzhou Evergrande in the round of 16 in the Asian Champions League. Suzuki scored with headers either side of a ...

Albirex nearing deal to make Lopes manager

/ May 10, 2017

Albirex nearing deal to make Lopes manager

Struggling Albirex Niigata have come to terms on a deal to make Brazilian-born former Japan striker Wagner Lopes their new manager and are finalizing the agreement, a source close to the matter said Wednesday. Lopes was tapped to take the reins after Fumitake Miura, ...

Juventus beats Monaco to reach Champions League final

May 10, 2017

Juventus beats Monaco to reach Champions League final

Dani Alves inspired Juventus to a 2-1 win over Monaco on Tuesday to send the Italian club to its second Champions League final in three years. Alves set up Mario Mandzukic’s opener in the 33rd minute and got on the scoresheet himself on the ...

/ May 9, 2017

Reds' Moriwaki receives two-match ban

The J. League handed Urawa Reds defender Ryota Moriwaki a two-match ban on Tuesday for a derogatory remark during Thursday’s 1-0 home defeat to Kashima Antlers. Kashima midfielder Mitsuo Ogasawara had appealed to the league after the game insisting the defender said, “You stink” ...