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Halilhodzic keeps spot for Honda on 25-man squad

/ Mar 16, 2017

Halilhodzic keeps spot for Honda on 25-man squad

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic has decided to keep faith in Keisuke Honda, naming the out-of-favor AC Milan attacker to his 25-man squad on Thursday for this month’s World Cup final-round qualifiers against United Arab Emirates and Thailand. Halilhodzic also threw in a few surprises ...

FC Tokyo hits Vegalta for six in J. League Cup

/ Mar 15, 2017

FC Tokyo hits Vegalta for six in J. League Cup

FC Tokyo scored six unanswered goals to open the J. League Cup competition as Yoshiyuki Shinoda’s side thrashed Vegalta Sendai in Group A on Wednesday. Takuma Abe and Shoya Nakajima bagged braces and Kento Hashimoto and Peter Utaka chipped in with a goal each ...

Gamba lose at home again in ACL

Mar 15, 2017

Gamba lose at home again in ACL

Gamba Osaka are already feeling the heat just three games into the Asian Champions League after Kenta Hasegawa’s men lost again at home on Wednesday, this time 1-0 to Jiangsu Suning. Ramires’ 39th-minute strike turned out to be the lone goal at Suita Stadium, ...

/ Mar 15, 2017

Japan to play Syria in World Cup tune-up

Japan will host Syria in a warm-up for its World Cup qualifier against Iraq in June, the Japan Football Association announced Wednesday. Japan will play Syria on June 7 at Ajinomoto Stadium, ahead of the June 13 qualifier also at home to Iraq. Japan ...

Okazaki's Leicester ousts Sevilla in Champions League

Mar 15, 2017

Okazaki's Leicester ousts Sevilla in Champions League

Shinji Okazaki’s Leicester City continued its dream debut in the Champions League by beating Sevilla 2-0 to reach the quarterfinals on Tuesday night, advancing 3-2 on aggregate. The Foxes faced the difficult task of overturning a 2-1 first-leg defeat away in Spain that spelled ...

Antlers pounce on Brisbane Roar

/ Mar 14, 2017

Antlers pounce on Brisbane Roar

The Kashima Antlers rebounded from a shock first defeat in Group E to brush aside Brisbane Roar 3-0 at home in the Asian Champions League on Tuesday night. Kashima was stunned 2-1 away to Thailand’s Muangthong United two weeks ago, but goals from Yuma ...

/ Mar 14, 2017

Gamba goalie Higashiguchi breaks cheekbone

Gamba Osaka goalkeeper Masaaki Higashiguchi is expected to be out of action for a month with a fractured left cheekbone, the J. League first-division club said Tuesday. Higashiguchi suffered the injury in Gamba’s 3-0 league win at home to FC Tokyo on Saturday. The ...

Conte, Mourinho feud in tight F.A. Cup match

Mar 14, 2017

Conte, Mourinho feud in tight F.A. Cup match

N’Golo Kante blasted Chelsea to a fiery 1-0 win over 10-man Manchester United in the F.A. Cup quarterfinals on Monday as Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho feuded on the touchline. Kante’s superb second-half strike that eliminated the holders came after they had midfielder Ander ...

Kubo's wonder goal puts Gent into playoffs

Mar 13, 2017

Kubo's wonder goal puts Gent into playoffs

Yuya Kubo struck for the third successive game in style in Gent’s 3-0 victory over Mechelen in the Belgian Jupiler League on Sunday. Kubo stated his case for another call-up to the Japan national team with a superb solo effort shortly before the break, ...

Golden oldie Miura hits winner for Yokohama FC

/ Mar 12, 2017

Golden oldie Miura hits winner for Yokohama FC

Kazuyoshi Miura rewrote his own J. League second-division record as the oldest goalscorer at 50 years and 14 days on Sunday, the Yokohama FC striker netting the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Thespakusatsu Gunma. In the 40th minute at Mitsuzawa Stadium, former ...

/ Mar 12, 2017

Japan sweats on Hasebe's fitness after post collision

A potential headache surfaced for Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Saturday when his captain Makoto Hasebe suffered a shin injury during Eintracht Frankfurt’s 3-0 away defeat to Bayern Munich. Hasebe suffered a gash to his left shin after colliding with the post early in ...