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Asano blames self for 'ghost goal' against UAE

Sep 5, 2016

Asano blames self for 'ghost goal' against UAE

Stuttgart striker Takuma Asano has bizarrely blamed himself for the goal that never was in Japan’s shock 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat against the United Arab Emirates last week. Now the striker, who recently represented Japan at the Rio Olympics, wants to take out ...

Gamba overpower Sanfrecce to reach League Cup semifinals

Sep 4, 2016

Gamba overpower Sanfrecce to reach League Cup semifinals

Shun Nagasawa and Ademilson each scored a brace as Gamba Osaka powered past Sanfrecce Hiroshima 6-3 on Sunday in the second leg of their League Cup quarterfinal for a 7-4 aggregate win. After Gamba salvaged a late 1-1 draw in Wednesday’s first leg, Nagasawa ...

Thai coach Kiatisuk expecting Japanese backlash

Sep 4, 2016

Thai coach Kiatisuk expecting Japanese backlash

A wounded animal can be a dangerous beast and Thailand coach Kiatisuk Senamuang is expecting a fierce backlash from Japan when the two teams meet in Bangkok on Tuesday in a final-round Asian qualifier for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Japan is still ...

Sep 3, 2016

Silva guides Albirex past Kwansei Gakuin with four-goal effort

Kwansei Gakuin University pushed Albirex Niigata to the edge, but wase undone by four goals from Rafael Silva as the J1 club claimed a 5-3 extra-time thriller on Saturday in the second round of the Emperor’s Cup. However, three top-flight sides were taken out ...

Sep 3, 2016

Aguero receives three-match ban

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will miss the derby against Manchester United after receiving a three-match ban from the English Football Association on Friday for elbowing an opponent. The F.A. said it retrospectively punished Aguero for violent conduct in last weekend’s win against West ...

Messi to miss Venezuela game with groin injury

Sep 3, 2016

Messi to miss Venezuela game with groin injury

Lionel Messi’s triumphant Argentina comeback has been tempered by a groin injury that has forced his withdrawal from Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier in Venezuela. Messi, who had gone back on his decision to quit the team following its Copa America final defeat in June, ...

Sep 2, 2016

JFA issues formal protest over Japan's disallowed goal against UAE

The Japan Football Association has lodged a formal protest over a controversially disallowed goal in Japan’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat to the United Arab Emirates, on Thursday, an official said on Friday. TV replays showed Takuma Asano’s shot crossed the line in mid-air ...

Beckenbauer cancels Swiss trip amidst investigation

Sep 2, 2016

Beckenbauer cancels Swiss trip amidst investigation

Franz Beckenbauer on Friday canceled a public appointment in Zurich, amidst the ongoing investigation by Swiss prosecutors into corruption allegations over the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany. The German soccer legend, who owns a South African winery, cancelled an appointment to ...

Sep 2, 2016

Infantino hails video-replay test

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said “football history” was made by a successful test of video replays in France’s 3-1 win over Italy in a friendly on Thursday. While the test was labeled offline, Infantino cited an instance where video was examined when Italy protested ...