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Mar 2, 2017

Spain tops Japan at Algarve Cup

The Japan women’s soccer team made a losing start to the year with a 2-1 defeat to Spain in its opening match of the Algarve Cup on Wednesday. Goals from Silvia Meseguer and Olga Garcia fired the Spaniards into a 2-0 lead before Kumi ...

Luis Enrique quitting as Barcelona coach at end of season

Mar 2, 2017

Luis Enrique quitting as Barcelona coach at end of season

The Luis Enrique era at Barcelona will end this season. The coach said Wednesday he will leave the Spanish champions to get some rest after three years in charge. He made the surprise announcement following the team’s 6-1 win over Sporting Gijon in the ...

Jeju United crushes Gamba in Asian Champions League contest

Mar 1, 2017

Jeju United crushes Gamba in Asian Champions League contest

Gamba Osaka suffered their first defeat in Group H in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday night as the 2008 champions were smashed 4-1 at home by South Korea’s Jeju United. An own goal from Gamba captain Yasuhito Endo gifted Jeju the lead after ...

/ Mar 1, 2017

Striker Utaka joins FC Tokyo on loan from Hiroshima

FC Tokyo have signed former Nigeria international striker and last season’s J. League first-division joint top scorer Peter Utaka on loan from Sanfrecce Hiroshima, the club said Wednesday. The 33-year-old Utaka, who bagged 19 goals for Hiroshima in 2016 to share the Golden Boot ...

Reds pounce on FC Seoul in Asian Champions League match

Feb 28, 2017

Reds pounce on FC Seoul in Asian Champions League match

Urawa Reds swept aside FC Seoul in emphatic fashion in the Asian Champions League on Tuesday night, exacting revenge for their defeat in the round of 16 last year with a thumping 5-2 win to make it maximum points from two games in Group ...

Struggling Leicester pulls off upset of Liverpool

Feb 28, 2017

Struggling Leicester pulls off upset of Liverpool

Leicester began life without manager Claudio Ranieri by easing its English Premier League relegation fears after a stirring 3-1 home victory over Liverpool on Monday. In its first game since Ranieri was sacked last Thursday by the club’s Thai owners, Jamie Vardy scored twice ...

/ Feb 27, 2017

Striker Utaka close to joining FC Tokyo: source

FC Tokyo is on the verge of signing former Nigeria international striker and last season’s J. League first-division joint-top scorer Peter Utaka, a source close to the move said Monday. The 33-year-old Utaka, who bagged 19 goals for Sanfrecce Hiroshima in 2016 to share ...

Late Ibrahimovic header gives United League Cup victory

Feb 27, 2017

Late Ibrahimovic header gives United League Cup victory

Zlatan Ibrahimovic powered in a late header to win the League Cup for Manchester United on Sunday, sealing a 3-2 victory over Southampton after a two-goal lead was thrown away by Jose Mourinho’s side. It was Ibrahimovic’s second goal in the final after putting ...

Gamba salvage draw with Ventforet in season opener

/ Feb 26, 2017

Gamba salvage draw with Ventforet in season opener

Former Japan international Yasuyuki Konno rescued a point for Gamba Osaka in their J. League season opener on Sunday, scoring a last-gasp equalizer in a 1-1 draw at home to modest Ventforet Kofu. Kofu took the lead on 55 minutes when Masaru Matsuhashi rifled ...