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Villa relegated after 28 years in top flight

Apr 17, 2016

Villa relegated after 28 years in top flight

Aston Villa’s 28-year stay in the English top flight ended on Saturday with a 1-0 loss at Manchester United, while Newcastle and Sunderland gave themselves hope of escaping the Premier League relegation zone by both winning 3-0. The threat of relegation ended some time ...

Frontale's Okubo notches brace in victory over FC Tokyo

Apr 16, 2016

Frontale's Okubo notches brace in victory over FC Tokyo

Yoshito Okubo issued Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic a fresh reminder of his goalscoring prowess with a brace on Saturday, his J1 record-extending 160th and 161st career goals helping league-leading Kawasaki Frontale come from behind to win 4-2 at FC Tokyo. Australian striker Nathan Burns ...

Apr 16, 2016

Kiyotake, Sakai play part in Hannover triumph

Hiroshi Kiyotake and Hiroki Sakai helped bottom-side Hannover secure their first three points in seven games in the Bundesliga on Friday in their 2-0 home win over Borussia Monchengladbach, avoiding relegation in this round of fixtures. Hannover went ahead in the 49th minute when ...

Liverpool stages rally to reach Europa League semifinals

Apr 15, 2016

Liverpool stages rally to reach Europa League semifinals

What the Europa League lacks in glamor it more than made up for in late drama on Thursday. Liverpool reached the semifinals through a stoppage-time winner and Sevilla’s pursuit of a hat trick of titles was kept alive with a shootout success. Shakhtar Donetsk ...

Apr 15, 2016

Japan handed tough Olympic assignment

Japan was drawn with Sweden, Nigeria and Colombia in Group B for the men’s Olympic soccer tournament on Thursday. Japan’s first game will be against Nigeria on Aug. 4, in Manaus, where the team will also play Colombia three days later. Makoto Teguramori’s side ...

Atletico eliminates Barcelona in Champions League quarterfinals

Apr 14, 2016

Atletico eliminates Barcelona in Champions League quarterfinals

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all failed to deliver as holder Barcelona was dumped out of the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday after a stunning 2-0 defeat by Spanish rival Atletico Madrid. Barcelona’s star trio was kept in check by some tough defending ...

Halilhodzic hints at Japan recall for Okubo

Apr 13, 2016

Halilhodzic hints at Japan recall for Okubo

Kawasaki Frontale’s two-time World Cup striker Yoshito Okubo could be in line for a recall to the Japan national team, coach Vahid Halilhodzic said on Wednesday. Okubo, who has not played for Japan since the 2014 World Cup, became the J. League’s career leading ...

Madrid, Man City reach Champions League semis

Apr 13, 2016

Madrid, Man City reach Champions League semis

Cristiano Ronaldo came through for Real Madrid again, scoring a hat trick to lead his team back to the semifinals of the Champions League with a 3-0 win over Wolfsburg on Tuesday. In other match, Manchester City reached the semis for the first time ...