Taketomi, Suzuki steer Reysol past Yamaga

Aug 20, 2015

Taketomi, Suzuki steer Reysol past Yamaga

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Goals in each half from Kosuke Taketomi and Daisuke Suzuki fired Kashiwa Reysol to the top of the J. League second-stage standings with a 2-0 win at home to Matsumoto Yamagata on Thursday night. A blockbuster from Taketomi opened the scoring late in the ...

Tokyo beats Gamba for third straight win

Aug 16, 2015

Tokyo beats Gamba for third straight win

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Nathan Burns scored the winner and created the opener as FC Tokyo defeated Japanese treble-winner Gamba Osaka 2-1 for its third straight victory in the J. League second stage on Sunday. Takuji Yonemoto put Tokyo on the board early thanks to Burns before Patric ...

Kashima deals Hiroshima its first defeat of second stage

Aug 12, 2015

Kashima deals Hiroshima its first defeat of second stage

The resurgent Kashima Antlers dealt Sanfrecce Hiroshima their first defeat of the J. League second stage with a 1-0 victory on Wednesday. Hiroshima had won its first five games of the stage but that run came to an end at Edion Stadium, where defender ...

River Plate trounces Gamba Osaka

Aug 11, 2015

River Plate trounces Gamba Osaka

Gamba Osaka were outclassed by Copa Libertadores champions River Plate 3-0 in the Suruga Bank Championship on Tuesday. The Japanese treble winners, less first-choice striker Takashi Usami and goalkeeper Masaaki Higashiguchi, failed to keep up with the visitors from Argentina, who went ahead in ...

Okubo rips Halilhodzic on selections

Aug 8, 2015

Okubo rips Halilhodzic on selections

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World Cup striker Yoshito Okubo has branded Japan’s East Asian Cup squad a bunch of nobodies and is not surprised by the team’s dismal showing at the tournament in China. Japan takes on the host nation in its final game on Sunday with the ...

Aug 1, 2015

S-Pulse's Oenoki poised to resign

Katsumi Oenoki has stepped down as manager of struggling J. League first-division club Shimizu S-Pulse, the team announced on Saturday. The 50-year-old Oenoki offered his resignation to take responsibility for the Shizuoka club’s dreadful form this season. He is expected to be replaced by ...

Douglas scores twice as Sanfrecce whip Vissel

Jul 29, 2015

Douglas scores twice as Sanfrecce whip Vissel

Brazilian midfielder Douglas bagged his second double in as many games as Sanfrecce Hiroshima crushed Vissel Kobe 4-0 away on Wednesday night to maintain their perfect start to the second stage of the J. League. Hisato Sato set up Douglas for the opener and ...

Jul 27, 2015

Gamba await showdown aginst River Plate

Gamba Osaka manager Kenta Hasegawa is hoping to keep the Suruga Bank Championship trophy in Japan by beating Argentine powerhouse River Plate in the showdown between the Nabisco Cup holders and the Copa Sudamericana champions on Aug. 11. “We will go out and try ...

Okubo brace lifts Frontale past S-Pulse

Jul 25, 2015

Okubo brace lifts Frontale past S-Pulse

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Yoshito Okubo scored twice as Kawasaki Frontale came through a wild, swinging encounter with Shimizu S-Pulse with a 3-2 win on Saturday night. World Cup striker Okubo got Frontale off to a flying start at Todoroki Stadium with a goal in the 11th minute, ...

Jul 24, 2015

Ventforet part ways with striker Adriano

Ventforet Kofu’s Brazilian striker Adriano has had his contract terminated, the J. League club announced Friday. The 33-year-old joined Ventforet from Tokushima Vortis this season and will leave after scoring one goal in 12 league appearances. Adriano scored 14 in 27 league games for ...

Kamada strike helps Tosu earn draw against Gamba

Jul 22, 2015

Kamada strike helps Tosu earn draw against Gamba

Daichi Kamada struck a second-half equalizer to earn Sagan Tosu a 1-1 draw away to treble winners Gamba Osaka in the J. League first division on Wednesday night. Former Japan international Yasuhito Endo put Gamba in front from the penalty spot late in the ...