| Sep 29, 2014

Japan falls in soccer quarterfinal

Japan’s bid to defend the Asian Games men’s soccer title came to an end in the quarterfinals after losing 1-0 to hosts South Korea on Sunday.Japan paid the price of youth and inexperience against its archrival as captain Ryota Oshima gave away a late ...

Japan women trounce Hong Kong, reach semifinals

| Sep 26, 2014

Japan women trounce Hong Kong, reach semifinals

Rika Masuya scored twice as women’s world champion Japan took a step closer to defending its Asian Games title on Friday, thrashing Hong Kong 9-0 to advance to the semifinals.Nanase Kiryu also grabbed a double in a game that resembled little more than a ...

Japan routs Palestine, reaches men's soccer quarterfinals

| Sep 25, 2014

Japan routs Palestine, reaches men's soccer quarterfinals

Defending champion Japan reached the Asian Games quarterfinals with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Palestine on Thursday, with coach Makoto Teguramori saying he is looking forward to facing host South Korea in the next round.Musashi Suzuki’s fifth goal of the tournament and one each ...

Nadeshiko down Taiwan to reach quarters

| Sep 22, 2014

Nadeshiko down Taiwan to reach quarters

Women’s world champion Japan secured its place in the quarterfinals of the Asian Games on Monday with a 3-0 win over Taiwan in their final Group B match.Mizuho Sakaguchi fired the defending champions in front after three minutes and Chinatsu Kira headed in a ...

| Sep 19, 2014

Nadeshiko Japan routs Jordan

Hat tricks by Yuika Sugasawa and Mizuho Sakaguchi fueled the Japan women’s soccer team to a 12-0 victory over Jordan at the Asian Games on Thursday.Nahomi Kawasumi and Chinatsu Kira each bagged a brace for Norio Sasaki’s world and Asian champions, who also saw ...

Iraq stifles Japan at Asian Games

| Sep 18, 2014

Iraq stifles Japan at Asian Games

Japan was schooled 3-1 by Iraq as the defending Asian Games champion missed out on booking a spot in the knockout phase on Wednesday.Two second-half goals by Ali Al Tameemi added to Humam Faraj’s opener and gave Iraq its second victory in as many ...

Japan routs Kuwait in Asian Games opener

| Sep 14, 2014

Japan routs Kuwait in Asian Games opener

Japan launched its Asian Games campaign with victory on Sunday, the defending champion defeating Kuwait 4-1 in the men’s soccer competition.Five days ahead of the opening ceremony of the 17th Games, Albirex Niigata forward Musashi Suzuki struck on either side of halftime for Japan, ...