Former Leicester player Abe praises Okazaki

Apr 30, 2016

Former Leicester player Abe praises Okazaki

Ex-Leicester City midfielder Yuki Abe has hailed Shinji Okazaki’s contribution to the Foxes as their Premier League season draws to a fairy-tale climax, and says he is not surprised that the Japan striker has become a hit at King Power Stadium. Leicester — 5,000-1 ...

Okazaki hails never-say-die Leicester after West Ham draw

Apr 18, 2016

Okazaki hails never-say-die Leicester after West Ham draw

Premier League-leading Leicester City saw its five-match winning streak halted on Sunday, but Japan striker Shinji Okazaki hailed his team’s battling 2-2 draw with West Ham United in a game that was riddled with controversial refereeing decisions. “I think that point was huge for ...

Leicester closes in on Premier League title

Apr 11, 2016

Leicester closes in on Premier League title

Leicester City continued its inexorable march towards the Premier League title as Jamie Vardy’s brace earned the Foxes victory at Sunderland on Sunday, but Tottenham Hotspur showed it will not give up the chase after demolishing Manchester United 3-0. Vardy’s late goals in a ...

Leicester takes big step toward league title

Apr 4, 2016

Leicester takes big step toward league title

After a fourth successive 1-0 victory sent Leicester into a seven-point lead, some giddy fans started to unfurl Premier League “champions” scarves in the King Power Stadium. Although there are still six games remaining after Sunday’s gritty win over Southampton, celebrations are already under ...

Japan clobbers Syria with late onslaught

Mar 29, 2016

Japan clobbers Syria with late onslaught

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Japan finished top of its 2018 World Cup second-round qualifying group without conceding a single goal after beating closest challenger Syria 5-0 on Tuesday night. Japan, which had already booked its place in the 12-team final round heading into the game at Saitama Stadium, ...

Halilhodzic pleased with results from new system

Mar 25, 2016

Halilhodzic pleased with results from new system

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National team manager Vahid Halilhodzic has challenged Japan to make it through the second round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers without conceding a goal after claiming a seventh clean sheet in seven games in Thursday’s 5-0 win over Afghanistan. Group E leader Japan takes ...

Japan thrashes Afghanistan in World Cup qualifier

Mar 24, 2016

Japan thrashes Afghanistan in World Cup qualifier

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Japan virtually guaranteed its place in the final round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers with a 5-0 win over Afghanistan on Thursday. Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki celebrated his 99th international appearance by opening the scoring in the 43rd minute at Saitama Stadium, before ...

Japan squad named for World Cup qualifiers

Mar 17, 2016

Japan squad named for World Cup qualifiers

ADO Den Haag striker Mike Havenaar returned to the national team fold and two-time World Cup goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima won a recall as Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Thursday named his squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers at home to Afghanistan and Syria. ...

Okazaki's stunner lifts Leicester by Newcastle

Mar 15, 2016

Okazaki's stunner lifts Leicester by Newcastle

Shinji Okazaki’s overhead kick gave leader Leicester a 1-0 victory over Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle on Monday, a goal as spectacular as his team’s improbable Premier League title challenge. As Leicester restored its five-point lead at the summit over Tottenham with eight games remaining, former ...